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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi is a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine and has been writing the journal's popular Findings column, among other features, since 2007.

Graham Roumieu is the author and illustrator of the celebrated Bigfoot "autobiographies" In Me Own Words, Me Write Book, and I Not Dead. His drawings appear in such publications as The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, theNew York Times, and The Walrus.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve (November 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455530492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455530496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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​​I found this book delightful. A perfect gift, especially for anyone interested in contemporary scientific research or in—to put it broadly—how language works. I'm a longtime fan of the Harper's column from which these findings are drawn. The column works by accretion and juxtaposition, whereas here the findings are presented individually—but I think both ways of bringing out the absurdity are effective. And in the book the illustrations reveal things about the findings that might not be apparent in a text-only format (the illustrations are, after all, interpretations). The interview with the author is similarly revelatory: it's fascinating to learn how these seemingly straightforward sentences are put together so as to maximize the strangeness and hilarity of their content. By the way, a previous reviewer mis​-​characterizes the interview: the author doesn't talk about himself (and the illustrator isn't part of the interview at all!), he talks about the column, about how language works, about science journalism, about staying interested and discerning in an age of excessive information—it's wide-ranging and a great complement to the laconic findings themselves. Readers seeking "explanations" of the facts are missing the point. One of the pleasures of the book, as well as the column, is suspending the desire to get to the bottom of things and instead just enjoying the presentation. ​(​That said, there is a list of citations for those who must know, and providing citations rather than glosses seems to me a respectful move, respectful of the scientists who did the research and of readers, who get to choose how far to take their curiosity.​)​ ​​
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This unique and devilishly entertaining book is a flight seated next to a modest, witty fellow who happens to know everything you didn't, but wanted to.

Findings introduces readers who aren't familiar with the monthly Harper's Magazine to its "Findings" column, a review of actual scientific observations and conclusions, some bizarre, some funny, many with implications that aren't immediately apparent. Many who have the good luck to read Findings will either become addicts and subscribers to Harper's, or will begin visiting their nearest library to delight in the discoveries and the prose by which Mr. Kroll-Zaidi reveals them.

Regular readers of his column will be happy to see this collection (including the witty art), and will enjoy learning more about Mr. Kroll-Zaidi's approach to curating and writing the findings.

Contrary to an inexplicable comment in another review, the author interview is not about Mr. Kroll-Zaidi. Instead, it is a conversation in which he explains, with examples, how he works to communicate the essence of each finding in the best and briefest way while suggesting larger meanings or connotations in the accretions of findings, illuminations that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The author gives us insights into a subtle and demanding craft, as well as a fascinating guide to thinking and writing in English
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I'm bumping this up a star because it made me laugh several times. And that is what I was looking for in such a book. And in clever unpredictable ways that made me think a bit as well.

It is rather short and sometimes it felt that it suffered slightly in trying to create a theme for each section. Still this was a fun and enjoyable work of a talent I was unfamiliar with and now shall be on the look out for more.
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