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Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Real Solid Red Meat of Science - or - The Novel as Light Relief

Richard Dawkins and Dead Beat are old pals. So it should come as no surprise that he has been keeping tabs on D.B.' posts.

"Like what you are about D.B. Tell it as it is."

"Science really."

"I was talking to Douglas Adams some years back. He studied English literature at Cambridge, but he was telling me how his reading habits have changed: "I think I read much more science than novels. I think the role of the novel has changed a little bit. In the nineteenth century the novel was where you went to get your serious reflections and questionings about life. You'd go to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Nowadays, of course, you know the scientists actually tell us much much more about such issues than you would ever get from novelists. So I think for the real solid red meat of what I read I go to science books, and read some novels as light relief.""

"We're becoming vegetarians, Rich. That's the problem with us novelists. We need to kill more animals."

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