I write to keep myself from dying of boredom, for I can't see what's so wonderful about this life on earth. And I try to publish for it's the only bulwark against my oppressors, and these are legion, very varied, and wholly determined. I have had only four years' of haphazard schooling, and the rest (including the highest French doctorate from the Sorbonne), I plucked mainly extra-murally. My working life began at nine and still continues in retirement. I get the feeling from my reading that the only things new I've ever learned have their origin in psychology, quantum mechan more...