Word play

Two more reasons to love The New Yorker, from the 3.3.08 issue, “Numbers Guy,” by Jim Holt, in a profile of French neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene:

“Dehaene is a compact, attractive, and genial man; he dresses casually, wears fashionable glasses, and has a glabrous dome of a head, which he protects from the elements with a chapeau de cowboy.”

“Then Dehaene led me upstairs to a spacious gallery where the brain scientists working at NeuroSpin are expected to congregate and share ideas. At the moment, it was empty. ‘We’re hoping for a coffee machine,’ he said.”

Glabrous, chapeau de cowboy, and the universal craving, coffee, all on one page. Words never had it so good.


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