April 14th, 2006

The Librarian

A couple of interesting tidbits ...

... from a social studies miscellanea column in the Globe and Mail ...

U.S. researchers have found that when men were angered, and anticipated the opportunity to retaliate, they chose to read negative on-line news stories, presumably to sustain their anger, reports Ascribe News service. Women faced with the same situation, however, chose to read more positive news to help dissipate their anger before a possible confrontation. "For women, it is not seen as appropriate for them to retaliate when they're angry, but it is okay for men. And that's reflected in their selection of media content," said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick of Ohio State University and co-author of the study, published in Human Communication Research. "Our news consumption is not motivated just by information concerns. We use news to regulate our moods."

"Throughout history," writes Faye Flam in The Philadelphia Inquirer, "medicine has attributed most differences between men and women to our respective sex organs. . . . But the Age of the Gene has revealed a more surprising and subtle difference. Men are, for the most part, made from one type of cell, while women are made of two, intermingled like the spots of colour on a calico cat. One type of cell has a stronger resemblance to a woman's father, the other type to her mother. 'Females are mosaics,' says Johns Hopkins genetics professor Barbara Migeon, who studies this surprising difference and believes it helps explain why men suffer more genetic diseases, women more autoimmune disorders. She spoke last month at a New York news conference on women's health sponsored by the Journal of the American Medical Association."

And then there's this ...
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An example ...

... of the kind of sentence that should be an automatic keelhauling offense for authors:

"Back in his small, almost brand-new office, in the huge, recently refurnished two-storey art deco building which had originally been built in the 1950s as a hospital for contagious diseases and which now housed the headquarters of Sussex CID, Grace sat down in his swivel chair."

p. 27 of "Looking Good Dead"