Issue #11, 1998

A View From The Divide

This special double issue demonstrates the many ways in which aspects of the scientific world--from biology, medicine, physics, and astronomy--can be captured and dramatized for a humanities-oriented readership. In the tradition of Lewis Thomas, Stephen J. Gould, and Oliver Sachs, this powerful collection of essays captures an eclectic range of ideas combining literary style and intellectual substance. A View from the Divide includes essays written by poets, immunologists and physicists, established writers and up-and-coming new talent, including the winner of the Bayer Creative Science Writing Award for the best original essay about science, Alison Hawthorne Deming. In one essay a writer, threatened by blindness, discovers the power of pursue normal life through the Beethoven Fantasia. There is a discourse on the value of meteorites, a personal account of living with migraine headaches, an inside look at the fury of hurricane, a character study of Primo Levi, an essay by a successful attorney living with schizophrenia, and a meditation from a construction worker on the psychological intersection between fear and work.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Doctors and Writers Lee Gutkind ... read more
Science and Poetry: A View from the Divide Alison Hawthorne Deming ... read more
Astronomy 111: Grief and Memory Carol Sanford
Earthquake Country Susan Mann
The Moon on Ice Scott A. Sandford
In the Dark Geoffrey Alexander
With Enough Aspirin: Living for Now in Pain's Company Luanne Armstrong
What They Don't Tell You About Hurricanes Philip Gerard
The Lightning in My Eyes Jean Hanson
Proud Flesh Mara Gorman
Weird Science Michael G. Stephens
On a Duet, Sung Long After the Music Had Stopped Laura S. Distelheim
The Lyapunov Exponent James Glanz
A Well-Worn Hanky Simon Pang
Blur (The Interior of a Diagnosis) Ruth Gila Berger


Susan L. Adkins

Susan L. Adkins was a long-time resident of Hampton, Virginia, who had many and varied interests. Her two greatest passions were writing... read more

Geoffrey Alexander

Geoffrey Alexander is a screenwriter and essayist who divides his time between northern and southern California.For more information please... read more

Luanne Armstrong

Luanne Armstrong is a writer and organic farmer on her family's homestead in British Columbia, Canada. She has published two novels, two... read more

Ruth Gila Berger

Ruth Gila Berger is a Minneapolis writer working on her MFA in creative writing at Hamline University, where recently she served on the... read more

Gerald N. Callahan

Gerald N. Callahan is an immunologist in the Department of Pathology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. His first book, River... read more

Laura S. Distelheim

Laura S. Distelheim received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her essays have appeared in An Intricate Weave: Women Write on Girls and... read more

Susan L. Feldman

Susan L. Feldman writes fiction and creative nonfiction and is presently working on a short story collectionFor more information please... read more

Philip Gerard

Philip Gerard holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is the author of three novels and four books of creative nonfiction,... read more

James Glanz

James Glanz received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently a writer at Science magazine. His work has appeared in a wide... read more

Mara Gorman

Mara Gorman recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with an MFA in nonfiction writing. She is an assistant editor at the... read more

Jean Hanson

Jean Hanson has published work in a variety of literary magazines including, most recently, a short story in Puerto del Sol. A graduate of... read more

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming works as director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Her previous books include Science and Other Poems (... read more

Susan Mann

Susan Mann is a writer and lawyer living in Washington, D.C. Her ten previously published articles have appeared in the New York Times, the... read more

Simon Pang

Simon Pang is a writer living in Berkeley, California. He also works as a paramedic in Oakland and San Francisco. read more

Scott A. Sandford

Scott Sandford is currently working at NASA on issues associated with the formation of new planetary systems, astrochemistry, and the... read more

Carol Sanford

Carol Sanford, recently retired from university teaching, is currently at work on a memoir about building a log cabin with her husband in... read more

Michael G. Stephens

Michael Stephens is the author of several books. His "Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of the Irish," published in 1994, won the... read more