Ends and Odds

Recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor’s originally self-published MY STROKE OF INSIGHT: A Brain Scientist’s personal Journey, tracking her experiences after a blood vessel exploded in her brain and she watched her mind deteriorate — losing the ability to walk, talk, read, write or remember — and then fought her way to complete recovery, aided by her understanding of how the brain works as well as her mother, to Clare Ferraro at Viking, at auction, for publication in May 12, 2008, by Ellen Stiefler at Stiefler Law Group (world).

About a month ago, I posted a link to her speech on this subject in this post. The speech is riveting. I can’t wait for the book.

I finished Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer. Fantastic. I gushed about it yesterday. Yup. Fan girl. I’ll just say this now: If Sherman Alexie keeps writing books like this, I expect a Nobel one day. Don’t laugh. I predicted Toni Morrison’s Nobel. Sure, it was obvious from Beloved that she was a major writer. You’re probably saying to yourself, Carolynn, any idiot could tell that about Morrison. I’m saying the same thing about Sherman Alexie. I have Reservation Blues on tap.

Now I’m reading Lynn Viehl’s Evermore because it was on the top of the pile when I left the house this morning. Pretty darn good so far.

And NOW I’m going to bed to read some more.


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3 Responses to “Ends and Odds”

  1. Susan/DC says:

    There is a lecture series at my son’s high school established in memory of one of the students who died in an accident (an unlicensed dump truck driver rolled over onto Ben’s car), and Alexie was the speaker in November 2004. He was just incredible — spoke touchingly of Ben and said he wished he’d met him, told stories of his own youth, and managed to appear rambling and discursive yet tie all the threads together at the end in a beautiful bow. My then 15 y.o. was very impressed, and it’s hard to impress a 15 y.o. boy with just words (or at least this particular boy).

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m sorry the occasion was such a heartbreaking one. I’d love to hear Alexi speak one day myself.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Did you get to read jill bolte taylor’s book My Stroke of Insight. I’d be curious to konw what you thought of it. I loved it and am recommending it to all my friends. I also saw the TED video and was moved to tears. Dr. Taylor has one of the most incredible stories I’ve every heard, and her writing style (not to mention her talking style) is beautiful !