I’ve Been Subducted Again

This month’s edition of the Accretionary Wedge is up at Magma Cum Laude, covering:

How Hollywood manages to screw up, in movie and/or TV form, the science that it took me multiple years, pints of blood and continuing therapy sessions to learn, and why I can’t be held legally responsible for my reaction when the students in my intro classes spout it back at me on exams.

And once again, I am not in it. But still, you should go read! See especially the quote Zoltan pulled from a review of There Will Be Blood:

The fact is, Plainview is barely human to begin with, so watching him grow coarser and uglier and more full of himself seems a theme more suited to a geologist than a storyteller

… I think we’ve all just been insulted.


  1. BrianR wrote:


  2. clem wrote:

    The title of this post reminds me of a joking comment I made the other day. The conversation concerned improbable demises and I said that I would like to go by taking laziness to the ultimate degree and being subducted to death.

  3. Kim wrote:

    Clem’s comment makes me think about how blueschist exhumation could make high-pressure metamorphic rocks into geologic zombies.

    And, yes, we’ve definitely been insulted.

  4. patrick wrote:

    it is true that Daniel-Day Lewis takes well to the overbearing, excessively violent father-figure role — he also did this in Gangs of New York.

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