The Absolutely True Story of Sherman Alexie
"Nobody who's ever been poor would ever use the phrase 'selling out.'" So said Sherman Alexie, award-winning author of "War Dances," "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," and "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," in an interview with Big Think this week. The candid, funny discussion touched on his work, his Spokane Indian roots, his rise to fame, and his successful battle with alcoholism.
He also expanded on his prominent public skepticism of the e-book, which he considers a toy of the "economically elite" and fears will change existing publishing models for the worse. Addressing the question of literary heroes, he chose to cite literary works instead, revealing the books that have moved him the most both as a child and an adult.
Scientists have developed new ways of understanding how the biological forces of death drive important life processes.
- Researchers have found new ways on how decomposing plants and animals contribute to the life cycle.
- After a freak mass herd death of 300 reindeer, scientists were able to study a wide range of the decomposition processes.
- Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
- A total of eight billion birds migrate across the U.S. in the fall.
- The birds who migrate to the tropics fair better than the birds who winter in the U.S.
- Conservationists can arguably use these numbers to encourage the development of better habitats in the U.S., especially if temperatures begin to vary in the south.
Explore how alcohol affects your brain, from the first sip at the bar to life-long drinking habits.
- Alcohol is the world's most popular drug and has been a part of human culture for at least 9,000 years.
- Alcohol's effects on the brain range from temporarily limiting mental activity to sustained brain damage, depending on levels consumed and frequency of use.
- Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you determine what drinking habits are best for you.
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