Book beginnings on Friday: March 25th 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Katy at A Few More Pages.

Here’s what you do: share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section . Include the title and author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and if you liked or did not like that sentence. Link-up each week at Katy’s place.

Don't be such a scientist by Randy OlsonI’m back to non-fiction again this week. Don’t be such a scientist : talking substance in an age of style by Randy Olson.


You think too much! You motherf***ing think too much! You’re nothing but an arrogant, pointy-headed intellectual – I want you out of my classroom and off the premises in five minutes or I’m calling the police and having you arrested for trespassing. And I’m not f***ing joking, you a**hole.”

That’s his acting teacher yelling. And she didn’t throw him out.

Randy Olson was a professor of marine biology before starting a second career as a filmmaker. This book tells about the culture clash that often occur when scientists try to talk science to the general public, and has some advice to offer.

I was alreay wanting to read this book after hearing a very short interview with Randy Olson on the radio, and it certainly has a feisty start. I’m still enjoying it on page 50, but there hasn’t been much swearing after he stopped quoting his acting teacher.


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Posted on March 25, 2011, in Literature/Books, Quotes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi!
    Well, that certainly grabbed my attention. Interesting beginning. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  2. Now I’m very curious…what a great opener, though. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Definitely interesting. I can see why an acting teacher would complain about his students thinking too much.

  4. Not a very subtle start, is it?! It sounds like it could be both interesting and entertaining

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