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The Unbearable Poopness of Bookstores

22 Jan 2022

Imagine you have been walking the aisles of your favourite bookstore for an hour, letting your gaze gaily hop from one spine to the next. You smell the ink and the paper. You hear the dulcet tones...

Book Review: Living in the Chemical Age

31 May 2018

I once attended a presentation on the wonders of raw food and sous-vide cooking at a spa resort. What was fascinating was seeing the gradual reaction of my fellow attendees as the presenter piled...

Dr. Joe Book Talk - Toronto Public Library, City Hall


Dr. Joe will discuss his new book, "A Feast of Science"!...

Why Do Old Books Smell So Good?

13 May 2017

E-readers might be convenient, but they’ll never have that comforting old book smell. It turns out that the smell of old books is due to the organic materials in books (like cellulose from wood...

"No More Dirty Looks" Gets a Dirty Look

20 Mar 2017

Siobahn O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt are two very pleasant ladies who came to see me when they were doing research for their recently published book, No More Dirty Looks. I was a little...

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