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Kit Stolz

SF Station Writer

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Defending Science Against A Rampaging Elephant
By Kit Stolz (Aug 16, 2005)
When Chris Mooney was a boy in the 70s his grandfather, a biologist, used to shake his head in disbelief at the transparent ruses of religious "creationists" who contrived attacks on the idea of evolution to insist that the earth was, as claimed in the Bible, only a few thousand years old. So-called "Creation scientists" would try to cast doubt on radioisotope dating, for example, or claim that evolution violated the second law of thermodynamics. More »
California Without Dreaming
By Kit Stolz (Mar 28, 2005)
"California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century" is a collection of short stories and novel chapters mixed in with essays, memoir chapters, interviews, and poems. The pieces -- which tend to be autobiographical or semi-autobiographical and by new writers -- progress in no apparent order, but the collection climaxes with a great poem by the famous Robinson Jeffers. It's about a Tassajara cave painting and it's called "Hands." More »
Beyond Faith
By Kit Stolz (Feb 18, 2005)
A small town in Iowa, an old preacher awaiting death, the l950s, a family driven by zealotry, a prodigal son, a decrepit church, the Lord -- these are the raw materials of Marilynne Robinson's new novel Gilead. To many a 21st century Californian, this may well sound like a horse pill of a novel. That's certainly how it sounded to me. When esteemed critics endorsed it, I only glanced at their raves. Nor did I care that it took Robinson nearly twenty-five years to publish her second novel (after her extraordinarily rich but very different Housekeeping, from l981). Even the news that Gilead had been shortlisted for both the PEN/Faulkner award More »
By Kit Stolz (Nov 31, 2004)
1. A Map of Doubt and Rescue by Susan Miller (2004) Thoughtful drama in this country is in a strange place; this play won the prestigious Pinter Prize in 2004, but has yet to be staged outside of conferences. Still, this stands out: a play in which most of the characters turn into literally new people as they search for a way to transform their mistakes into new possibilities. It's strange but fascinating, with spectacular dialogue and an openness to total and complete change that can touch hearts across great distances. More »
Koji Suzuki's Dark Water
By Kit Stolz (Sep 29, 2004)
A single mother, quite attractive but no longer interested in men, moves with her six-year-old daughter into a building with a nice view of Tokyo Bay. The location suits her, although the building is dark and empty at night, having mostly been converted to office suites. One other family lived on the second floor, but they left after a "misfortune," the superintendent says. More »
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