Tom Perls, an amiable, boyish-looking professor at Boston University, has earned a respectable place in the hierarchy of academic medicine. But measured by media attention, Perls is a contender for the top echelons. He’s given hundreds of interviews to newspapers, magazines and television — I conducted a dozen myself. Perls studies aging, a subject few editors can resist.
There’s no country on Earth quite like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea. In America, the reaction to the country, when there’s any reaction at all, is divided fairly equally between nervousness and mockery. Most people would have difficulty naming any city in the country other than Pyongyang.
After my public lectures on evolution, someone in the audience invariably asks, “Are we still evolving?” People want to know if humans are getting taller, smarter, better looking or more athletic. My answer is truthful but disappointing: We’re almost certainly evolving, but we don’t know in what direction or how fast.
Unlike most contemporary couples, whose sweet nothings vanish into the electronic ether almost as soon as they’re exchanged, famed British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, put pen to paper. A lot. To each other, to friends, to themselves — enough paper to build almost an entire narrative of their shared history, which is what Daisy Hay has done to enlightening effect in “Mr.