Indians in the northwest Amazon . . . possess a knowledge of the tropical forest that puts almost any biologist to shame. . . . at forty paces, their hunters can smell animal urine and distinguish on the basis of scent alone which out of dozens of possible species left it. Such sensitivity is not an innate attribute of these people, any more than technological prowess is something inevitably and uniquely ours. Both are consequences of adaptive choices that resulted in the development of highly specialized but different mental skills, at the obvious expense of others.
The kindle edition of my third novel, Brain Storm, is now available.
Authors and writers of all stripes can learn a lot about creating and managing words from computer programmers, beginning with an appreciation for the simple, durable efficiencies of plain text.
The Kindle edition of my short story is now free for Amazon Prime members at Amazon in the Kindle store. Originally published in the New Yorker, this harrowing tale of reverse culture shock is a cult favorite among expats who
I wrote this opinion piece for the New York Times in the fall of 2008. Since then I’ve become addicted to financial crisis entertainment and parables of the second gilded age: books, movies, documentaries, Matt Taibi in The Rolling Stone,