Columbia University Press will publish tome by Brooklyn College professor James Davis on Feb. 24th. Tobias Salinger reports for The Daily News. This book could start its own Renaissance. The first biography of Harlem Renaissance writer Eric Walrond will hit shelves later this month, shedding light on a literature pioneer who isn’t as well-known as his […]
Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina, by Stuart B. Schwartz, Princeton University Press.
Call it a hurricane or a ‘weather bomb’, we’re as much at its mercy as ever, writes Philip Hoare in this review for The Times Higher Education (UK).
I write this in the face of a Cape Cod storm that threatens to blow the little wooden house in which I work clear of the beach and into the sea. And, for all that I inhabit the technologically advanced 21st century, there is nothing I could do about it. Even now, in 2015, we humans have yet to extend our dominion to the greater forces of nature – despite our somewhat hubristic notions of geoengineering and “planet-hacking”.
Equally, on a metaphorical level, it is almost impossible not to see storms and other extreme climatic manifestations as symbols or omens…
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Ben Neumann, a virologist at Britain’s Reading University who studies Ebola and other viruses and their effects, notes that Lassa virus, which comes from West Africa and causes a similar disease to Ebola, has also been reported as having longer-term health effects.
“(Lassa) survivors often report signs of nerve damage such as loss of hearing,” he told Reuters, adding that it would be “surprising that something as damaging as Ebola did not have lasting effects.”
The current lack of knowledge about post-Ebola health effects is probably “due to Ebola being a rare virus that left few survivors before this outbreak,” he said.
“this is the key – not being able to deal with truth that crazy things can happen at random!” Yet, ironically, this desire to believe that things happen for a reason leads to the kinds of positions that help entrench injustice instead of reducing it.