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The Book-Addled Brain

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the universe.  Join me as I make my way through my infinite reading list one page at a time.

Currently reading

A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin
Progress: 187/1009 pages
Edith Hamilton
Progress: 85/497 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Progress: 46 %
Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
Progress: 718/1463 pages

Ricki's quotes

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."— Bill Nye

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach

I've always assumed that when I donate my body to science, my cadaver would be used for medical research.  I had no idea that I could possibly become (1) a cadaver in a med school anatomy class, (2) a human crash test dummy, (3) a faux murder victim for crime scene investigation research, (4) freeze-dried compost, (5) a plastinated specimen for the Bodyworlds exhibit, (6) a member of the Harvard Brain Bank, or (7) alas, the skull of poor Yorick on a Shakespearean stage.  Some may find the subject matter morbid, but I find it all utterly fascinating.  The author writes that the contributions made by the dead are nothing short of heroic, and I agree.