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Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

Currently reading

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom
Tree: A Life Story - David Suzuki, Wayne Grady, Robert Bateman

Tree: A Life Story is my current toiliterature — try to guess my other name for this bookshelf — and it's very enjoyable so far. I expected a rather romantic book, but it's heavier on the popular science aspect than I had presumed. Pleasantly surprised about that, in any case. Suzuki and Grady weave in a lot of tidbits about the origins of life on earth, biology, ecology, and the like, all hung up on the idea of telling one Douglas-fir's life story. I'm only a quarter of the way in, but it's good to dredge up some of that basic biology, plus lots of things I never learned in school.