Spartanburg’s amazing culture consumed me exactly a month ago. I drove nearly ten hours from my Kentucky community along the ancient banks of the Ohio river, now only a dammed capillary, over the oldest above-water mountain range in the world and across terrain actually alien to the palmetto. Kentucky is a landscape of various culture where people, dancing in barns and fields, fall in love to bluegrass, and horses are still majestic, and people drive for hours to see moonbows over a waterfall, and our royalty are blue-blooded basketball fans. I am Travis Blankenship, from Daviess County. It’s just maybe where I’m from in Kentucky, boundless farmland merled people more far spread. For me, life in Spartanburg, though as Southern as my former home, was actually a culture shock because of my new and adored human interaction. The effect of my travel from a rurally isolated arena, to a city enrapt with art and progression was of quick extroversion. So, in the florets of myself that I began meeting, I encountered an old friend of mine. A researcher. Therefore, thanks to my new local friends and the Spartanburg County library, that disquisition, which once defined me, has resurfaced. Qualitative and quantitative. Fiction and nonfiction. Here, I have found the happiness of a scientist, presented again, the freedom to learn. Therefore, I thought I would share a few of my favorite current scientists with you. If you like what you read here, be sure to check out my ruralsultan.tumblr and follow me on twitter @rural_sultan. Here they are; change your day:
Explosions in the Sky are a now widely hip band. They are the go-to of nearly every Austin, TX bar and listening to them will make you seem cooler now, at least to the middle majority. I’ve been lighting candles and inviting dates over for dinner to their music now for nearly a decade. They have yet to disappoint me.
Ben Marcus’ introduction to The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, which he edited, will change the way you look at a short story. It’ll even change the way you read a book. Swear. And his fiction is just as legit. At the Hub City Book Shop you can currently buy the mentioned anthology, and look for his new The Flame Alphabet on the shelves soon.
Michelle Borkin cares about the quality of human life. Her work so far has crossed the disciplines of art, astronomy and medicine to help doctors visualize patient’s hearts using 3-D imaging tools. She is a badass. And she’s making your life better. Watch her brilliance here:
Shree Bose is going to affect your life one day. Still a teenager, she has already provided research on chemotherapy resistance that will eventually alter the way we treat cancer. She won the 2011 Google Global Science Fair. Check out her abstract:
genius. The 2012 competition begins on January 12, for you agile minds. Check it out! http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/index.html
Stephen Pinker will convince you we can be better people. We really can. Just read his book on the decline of violence: The Better Angels of Our Nature. In fact, you should be a better person today, go to Hub City Books and buy it.