Being “The People’s Author” (And Loving It)
Question: Do you like\r\nthat you're known as “The People’s Author?"\r\n\r\n
Anne Lamott: I\r\ncan honestly say there is nothing I would rather be known as than “The \r\nPeople’s\r\nAuthor.” I’ve never heard that,\r\nand I’m thinking you got it from some blog from some guy who is like \r\ncompletely\r\nwasted on ecstasy and cheap red wine when he said it. But\r\n if it were true, I would love that.\r\n\r\n
And, being a person who believes that all truth is \r\nparadox\r\nand contradiction, I just get a sucked in as any writer into the jungle \r\ndrums\r\nof publication and wishing that I were on the “Today” Show this morning \r\ninstead\r\nof David Remnick and how it’s not fair and how it’s not fair that he’s \r\nnot this\r\nand that and he’s on “Fresh Air” and so I have a kind of bitterness that\r\n goes\r\nalong with this sense of being “The People’s Author,” and really feeling\r\n like a\r\nmissionary most of the time and just wanting to tell people... the truth\r\n of my\r\nexperience is that we are all a lot more alike than we are different. \r\nAnd that\r\nif I share something that seems kind of intimate, or autobiographical, \r\nit’s\r\nbecause I assume it’s true for you too. \r\nAnd I’ve told it so many times and everybody said, “Oh yeah, me \r\ntoo.” I’m not telling anything that isn’t\r\ntrue for most of us. And it just\r\nhas to do with it. We can seem\r\nsort of spiritual and hippy-dippy like I think I come across, and tree \r\nhugger\r\nand San Francisco and all that. \r\nAnd at the same time be sort of enraged that the New York \r\nglitterati are\r\ngetting the great spots in the media the week that I’m on tour on the \r\nEast\r\nCoast.\r\n\r\n
Question: Do you\r\nconsciously try to win more fans?\r\n\r\n
Anne Lamott: I\r\n would say the most important thing is to pretend that you’re\r\nabove all of that. But certainly,\r\nI’m just finding this week—we’re taping this the day of publication—and \r\nI’m\r\nfinding just so much manipulation and kind of desperado stuff going on \r\ninside\r\nme, and I’m trying to suck people into my web, and I’m trying to use old\r\ncontacts kind of in the most casual way to try to get them to shoehorn \r\nme onto\r\nCNN maybe later today after I sign stock at the Riverhead office. So, I find a lot inside me.\r\n\r\n
The thing is, I’ll be 56 at the end of the week and\r\n I don’t\r\nact on it as much as I used to. \r\nBefore, I would have done it all and I would have just been \r\ndancing as\r\nfast as I could to try to suck in and please everyone and seduce \r\neveryone and\r\npush everyone harder to get—and now I just feel too tired, and I’m kind \r\nof achy\r\nfrom the long flight and so, the impulse is there, and probably this \r\nside of\r\nthe grave. It just comes with the\r\nterritory; it comes with the turf of being a well-known writer is that I\r\n have a\r\ndisease called "More." And if I\r\nhave a huge audience, I’d like a bigger audience; maybe slightly a \r\nslightly\r\nmore illustrious audience. Maybe\r\nif Susan Sontag were alive she would want to be my best friend.
Recorded April 6, 2010
\r\nInterviewed by Austin Allen\r\n
Anne Lamott embraces her reputation as a popular novelist, but admits that she sometimes gets caught up in the pretentious side of her profession.
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If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx a team of DNA sequencers has figured that out.
- A team at UMass Amherst recently sequenced the genome of the Canadian lynx.
- It's part of a project intending to sequence the genome of every vertebrate in the world.
- Conservationists interested in the Canadian lynx have a new tool to work with.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx, I can now—as of this month—point you directly to the DNA of a Canadian lynx, and say, "That's what makes a lynx a lynx." The genome was sequenced by a team at UMass Amherst, and it's one of 15 animals whose genomes have been sequenced by the Vertebrate Genomes Project, whose stated goal is to sequence the genome of all 66,000 vertebrate species in the world.
Sequencing the genome of a particular species of an animal is important in terms of preserving genetic diversity. Future generations don't necessarily have to worry about our memory of the Canadian Lynx warping the way hearsay warped perception a long time ago.
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It is easy to see how one can look at 66,000 genomic sequences stored away as being the analogous equivalent of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a potential tool for future conservationists.
But what are the practicalities of sequencing the genome of a lynx beyond engaging with broad bioethical questions? As the animal's habitat shrinks and Earth warms, the Canadian lynx is demonstrating less genetic diversity. Cross-breeding with bobcats in some portions of the lynx's habitat also represents a challenge to the lynx's genetic makeup. The two themselves are also linked: warming climates could drive Canadian lynxes to cross-breed with bobcats.
John Organ, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cooperative Fish and Wildlife units, said to MassLive that the results of the sequencing "can help us look at land conservation strategies to help maintain lynx on the landscape."
What does DNA have to do with land conservation strategies? Consider the fact that the food found in a landscape, the toxins found in a landscape, or the exposure to drugs can have an impact on genetic activity. That potential change can be transmitted down the generative line. If you know exactly how a lynx's DNA is impacted by something, then the environment they occupy can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the lynx and any other creature that happens to inhabit that particular portion of the earth.
Given that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing protection for the Canadian lynx, a move that caught scientists by surprise, it is worth having as much information on hand as possible for those who have an interest in preserving the health of this creature—all the way down to the building blocks of a lynx's life.
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- The plant is low in carbs and can replace potatoes, rice and pasta.
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