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7 Walkers
7 Walkers
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead man shuffles, December 10, 2010
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This is a fabulous recording. The whole thing moves and sways and just feels alive. It was the Dead connection that had me checking it out, naturally, but it's early Dr John (the Night Tripper) that comes to mind. Bill is clearly tapping into something, presumably inspiring everyone around him (gee, maybe I underestimated his contribution to the Dead) and certainly sympathetic to every nuance of the music. Hunter is on very fine form, phrases bubbling up out of the mix. Matt Hubbard, whom I didn't know, makes a strong bid for the Garth Hudson Memorial Award for Miscellaneous Color in Excellent Taste. Willie Nelson sneaks in for a gorgeous cameo. And Papa Mali sounds like he's been up for days and ain't ready to call it quits, he has the authority of a shaman and the gentleness of a strong man. No one asked me to write this, I have no stake in it, it's just the kind of music you want to encourage people to check out. I have a feeling I'll be playing it for years.
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Out of the Shadows (Nal Accent Novels)
Out of the Shadows (Nal Accent Novels)
by Joanne Rendell
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast read with deep implications, September 22, 2010
I liked this a lot. It is indeed a smooth-flowing romance on one level, but on another it's a rather well-considered critique of the pressures of modern academia in general and the business of commercializing research in particular. The characters are appealing and realistic -- the older Shelley expert is just delightful -- except of course when they are villainous. Yes, there is a tendency for the reader to want to cry "Look out!" from time to time as our heroine stumbles forward, but she's no dummy ... and I do not want to give away the plot. Full disclosure: I was sent a review copy because I have written on some of these subjects, but I have never met the author (or corresponded beyond acknowledging an email) and was under no obligation to write this. Try it, you'll like it. You'll also, almost without noticing, learn something about Mary Shelley, a fascinating figure, and something about modern genetics, and the promise and perils of technology. You'll find it hard to put down. And you'll probably walk away thinking.


Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech
Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech
by Gary P. Pisano
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important background, March 12, 2007
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This book is an excellent example of applied academic research. Pisano and his Harvard team have dug deep into the economics of biotech. What he describes is an industry that is not performing as expected, and he points to some possible reasons for this. Perhaps my favorite single sentence in the book is, "Deals alone can never create value." A more speculative statement from the same paragraph is: "As a percentage of the total workforce, biotech may have more people involved in business development than any other industry (almost certainly the highest per dollar of revenue)." Why? Well, that should be the subject of another book.

Highly recommended to those digging into biotech issues; not at all for those who want a quick-fix-read to tell them what to think. That's a compliment, but does point up that the audience for this is limited.


Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet
Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet
by Denise Caruso
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, March 12, 2007
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Caruso is trying to operate in the difficult space between unquestioning supporters of biotech and reflexive opponents of the technology. Her careful examination of the regulatory process becomes an indictment of it, but also points a way towards reform. The book is particularly good on questioning both the "benefit" and the "risk" sides of the risk/benefit equation, and in pointing out the repeated tendency of regulators to look only at what they know they can see, rather than asking deeping and wider questions.

I gather that the original publisher backed away from the book because it was not sensational enough. That in itself is an indictment not only of publishing but of our civil discourse, because this is an important book that deserves a wide audience. Scientists should read it to get a broader perspective; non-scientists should read it because we are all being affected by decisions on the use of biotechnology.
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