Marc Estrin

Insect Dreams Orphans

A NEW PLANET

Monday, March 6, 2006

As our observational techniques become more sophisticated, we seem to be discovering more and more new planets. But Pluto was a biggie. 1930. Because of Plutonium and the bomb, I had wanted to bring...

MESSIAH

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Every year since 1958 I’ve played, sung or conducted Handel’s Messiah. One of my pet peeves is that Messiah, originally an Easter work, featuring a lot of “pain and spitting”, death and subsequent...

HEIDEGGER AND DEATH

Friday, March 3, 2006

Heidegger was perhaps the deepest, darkest and richest theme that was cut. I’ve been “working on” Being and Time for years, trying to understand and digest its enormity. Its publication date, and the...

BACK TO THE OLD WORLD

Thursday, March 2, 2006

One of the truly fascinating pieces of history that got cut because it didn’t fit into the dynamic of the book is the story of the baseball player-spy, Moe Berg, and his assignment to assassinate...

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Did you know that FDR was almost assassinated? Here’s the story (it’s all true, except for the six-foot talking cockroach), dug out of our American memory hole. It’s one of the many things I...