March 22, 2012, 6:55 am
A little bit of foreshadowing
I‘ve been thinking and writing lately about money and responsibility, especially the responsibility of those of us who accept money. Accordingly, I’ve looked at the Templeton Foundation, as well as at my own moral quandary when offered “research funding” from a major timber company. Now, I’d like to share an earlier, formative experience of mine, in which I accepted money and learned a lesson.
It was 1969 and I had one year to go before finishing my doctoral dissertation in zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The research had been going well and it was clear that barring some unanticipated disaster, I would be done with the data-gathering part after one more field season studying the social behavior and ecology of Olympic marmots (Marmota olympus) in…
March 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
Right now Charlie Sheen is the national Rorschach Test: Whether you’re staring in fascination for long periods of time or just catching a glimpse every now and then, you can learn something about yourself from your response.
In case you’ve been in the basement with your head in a book or a pillowcase for the last couple of days, here’s a recent version of the Sheen experience so that you can assess your own CSR (Charlie Sheen Rorschach).
What I just learned is this: Charlie Sheen wrote a book of poetry in 1990 and today, on Amazon, a used hardcover of that volume—titled “A Peace of My Mind—Poetry by Charles Sheen”—is selling for $5,000. The used paperback is selling for $1,250.
You know, I almost feel bad about making fun of Bristol Palin’s memoir.
The idea that somebody would pay 5k for a copy—just a copy—of Charlie Sheen’s self-published poetry makes…