First Day of Chanukah

And here’s the Russell household’s gift to you. Don and I love the NPR show WAIT, WAIT… DON’T TELL ME. We also enjoyed Animal Planet’s show Emergency Vets, which featured Kevin Fitzgerald, DVM. For big laughs, click on this: http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35 and scroll down to “Veterinarian Keven Fitzgerald plays ‘Not My Job.’” Wait’ll you get to … Read more…

In defense of Bristol Palin

I deplore anti-intellectualism. I cringe when a somebody brags about “going with my gut” or sneers at smartypants Ph.D. eggheads who think climate change or natural selection are real. Unlike a majority of my fellow citizens, I actually even like that our current president is emotionally continent and speaks in paragraph form. My television habits … Read more…

And people wonder where I get my ideas…

People always ask writers where they get their ideas. What I want to know is, where do microbiologists get their ideas? What kind of person looks at a bug and thinks, “Hey, I bet if we isolate protein from a bunch of cockroach brains and sprinkle it on stuff, it”ll cure something!” http://www.rationalskepticism.org/general-science/cockroach-brain-can-help-fight-superbugs-t12298.html I’m sure … Read more…

Merely a thread of grace…

Several readers have told me about a N.Y. Times article entitled  “Italy’s Treatment of Jews in World War II is Reconsidered.” I just read the article, and I think it’s fair. Mussolini’s government promulgated anti-semitic race laws in 1938, which is long before the Nazi occupation began on Sept. 8, 1943. Those laws were damaging, … Read more…

A new screen adaptation of The Sparrow

From the beginning, readers have said that The Sparrow is very cinematic. People in Hollywood thought so, too.  Producer Nick Wechsler came close to doing a movie adaptation twice, first with Antonio Banderas at Universal Pictures and most recently with Brad Pitt at Warner Brothers. The adaptations for both studios were variations on a large-scale, … Read more…

Welcome

Welcome to the updated and expanded website for novelist Mary Doria Russell! Her newest novel, DOC, will be published on May 3, 2011, but you can read an excerpt now by clicking on DOC above. Check out MEDIA to listen to radio interviews and podcasts, and to find links to articles about Mary’s work. To … Read more…