Silver Linings (61) On Doing Battle (In Gratitude) With Life’s Irreducible Darkness

Over the weekend, Erin, in London, sent me this powerful, heartening essay entitled "Why Some of Us Thrive in a Crisis" by Vivian Gornick. In it, Gornick turns to Natalia Ginzburg in search of some understanding of what is happening to us in this very strange time. Ginzburg speaks to me at all times, but …

My January Column at Bookslut: “Larry Summers Eat Your Heart Out: Hollywood Bombshell Hedy Lamarr Invented A Sophisticated Weapons Technology Between Films”

What do Caroline Herschel, Ada Lovelace, Mary Somerville, Mary Anning, Lise Meitner, Emmy Noether, Jocelyn Bell, Rosalind Franklin, Vera Rubin, and Hedy Lamarr (among others) have in common? They each made extraordinary scientific discoveries that went unrecognized because they were women, many of them having to endure male colleagues taking credit for their work, then …