Why don’t you write about something more interesting, Lisa?
The late Stephen Jay Gould, at one point in his wide ranging studies, decided to look into the early publications of Alfred Kinsey to see if he could find insights into Kinsey’s later work in sexology. Kinsey began his career as a taxonomist of gall wasps. Gould located and dusted off the (Harvard) Widener Library copy of a Kinsey monograph on wasps from the 1930s, and found graffiti on the title page: “Why don’t you write about something more interesting, Al?” (Gould 1985, p.157).
Elisabeth Lloyd captured public attention with her 2005 publication of The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution. Orgasms are interesting. The New York Times reviewed the book in its Tuesday Science section (a section that Gould had read religiously). Lloyd was immediately invited to chat about her book with Barbara Walters and colleagues in NBC’s morning program The View. Saturday Night Livejoked that the book was a “real departure for the Hardy Boys.” (The Hardy Boys was a series of...
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