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June 10th, 2009

NY State of Mind

I grew up hating the Yankees, ever since they knocked my Detroit Tigers out of the pennant in 1961; and I called Boston home for 15 years (if you count the years spent in exile, 3 of them in grad school and 2 in the Peace Corps), picking up all the local prejudices. So why do I have such a smile on my face this morning, looking out the window at East 83rd Street? I do love New York...

I flew in from Rome yesterday, paid for by the World Science Festival which I'll be speaking at on Saturday -- the festival starts tomorrow and at first I thought I would be speaking on Thursday, but the new time means that I have three days with nothing scheduled, in Manhattan. I came here with a long list of errands to run... clean the suit, get a new watch battery, that sort of stuff... and a list of books and other toys to shop for (if not actually buy). I am staying with the Jesuits around the corner from St. Ignatius Church, built to take care of the poor immigrants who lived in this neighborhood a hundred years ago. The city has changed a bit since then. (The church is on Park Avenue; a short walk from the Met and the Guggenheim.)

My panel is on Science and Religion, with Lawrence Krauss and Ken Miller (both of whom I have been on panels with before) and a philosopher I don't know, Coin McGinn. New School, Tishman Auditorium, 3-4:30 pm. Tickets are $25... someone has to pay for those plane tickets from Rome, I guess!

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