“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





01 July 2018


"Digitising old slides and came across this shot I took of a core from WA," tweeted Flinders University Associate Professor Paul Willis today. "On the left; the last days of the Permian Period, a life-rich green mud. On the right; the first days of the Triassic Period, a lifeless, anoxic black sludge. This is the greatest mass extinction." 

Willis went on to say his greatest fear is that global warming will have a similar killer result. Summary execution of pretty well everything that lives. 

To read the official paper on this core, go here

In the meantime, imagine watching everything die as hydrogen sulphide and methane replaces the oxygen. If indeed you could hold your breath long enough, or survive in a capsule. That drill core tells no lies. 

Tweeters can follow the Prof (below) @Fossilcrox.

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