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I will never try to hide that I am a fan of the short stories of Roald Dahl.
"Pig" (the short story, not the poem) is appropriate reading for this discussion.
I found a PDF version of it at the Internet: The Pig - Roald Dahl[^]
Another Roald Dahl story, also relevant here, is The Sound Machine - Roald Dahl[^].
Not perfect in formatting, but it was the first on-line copy I came across.
To take the "serious" approach: Yes, you are probably right. "Pig" fulfills several of the formal requirements to a novel, e.g. it spans over a significant period of time (and this is significant to the story told), and the main characters are affected by events that changes them in some significant way.
I High School, we studied a story (Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: Faderen[^] for those who read Norwegian) that fits in single web page (or four pages in print), yet it fulfills all major "novel" requirements.
Both "Pig" and "Faderen" are presented as short stories, though: My hardcopy of "Pig" is from "Roald Dahl - Collected Short Stories". These labels can't really be interpreted literally. A "novel" may be quite old, even though "novel" literally means "new". In Norwegian, a longer "novelle" (linguistically, a diminutive of novel, a small novel) may be presended as a "langnovelle", literally a "long short novel" - one that has the . A non-short novel we call a "roman" (rather than novel), even when the story has not trace of romantic feelings.
I'm going to be super-generous and assume he was merely expressing the truism that any form of cure we insert into the body (by IV or some cavity) to cure an infection is by definition the injection of a disinfectant ...
So maybe it's the colloquial use of the word "disinfectant" that's the issue here rather than the intellect of the leader of the free world.
got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He’s worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases.
If he is "just" a journalist, he seems to have more knowledge about what he writes than many journalists
I give you that the magazine takes distance from what he writes saying it is a blog giving his own opinion and that he doesn't represent them in that column.
So I suppose sometimes is either not totally correct or not politically correct.
But I find this particular entry, pretty good written and giving information in a relative neutral and competent way (missing in many other places).
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He’s worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases.
And what surprise-the Oxford group is documented in the post you didn’t read.