This week’s book was chosen for us by a donor to our winter fund drive. A famous work of early 19th century natural history, it’s a little outside our usual comfort zone, but we’re always happy to give new things a go. Still, don’t expect that you’re going to hear an expert breakdown of von Humboldt’s findings, or his place in the history of science. Instead you’ll hear us trying to wade through a lot of measurements and descriptions of rocks in search of the good stuff: jaguar-related adventures, fishing for eels, and making jellyfish mad.
You can read (or maybe skim?) the roughly 2,000-page book here, via Project Gutenberg, though we’d probably recommend the abridged Penguin version, which is only 300-some pages and presumably cuts out some of the stuff about water temperatures.
Also this week: a new installment of Raccoon News, which includes a dispatch from our hockey-loving friends to the north. Plus a new segment: James Patterson Novel or Eric Stoltz Movie From the 90s?
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