The Man Who Knows Too Much
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my wife and I were introduced to each other...I had a sense there
was something about Marie that didn't quite match my ideal, even
though I couldn't figure out exactly what it was. Not until Marie
and I first went to a ballet together did I solve the puzzle. I
lent Marie my opera glasses, and when she passed them back to me,
I found that she had pushed the eyepieces so close together that
I couldn't see through them until I had spread them apart again.
I then realized that Marie has more close-set eyes than I do, and
that most women I had pursued before had wide-set eyes like my own.
Thanks to Marie's earlobes and other merits, I've been able to make
peace with my and her mismatched interocular distances.
takes it in stride. "He makes observations about all kinds of things
without malice aforethought," she says. "For Jared, life is basically
an unending series of New Guinea experiences; he applies those lessons
over and over."
acknowledges that his time in New Guinea is what most affects his
way of seeing the world and that it has rendered him risk-averse.
"I learned the heavy consequences of making mistakes," he says,
"and now I'm just a lot more careful about everything. I'm a careful
driver, I'm careful with my children." His sons, Max and Joshua,
have grown up in a pretty quiet home no Nintendo, no TV except
for special events like the World Series. Diamond takes the twins
on separate outings geared to their individual interests. Max likes
snakes and salamanders and frogs, so Dad took him out to hunt for
endangered newts. Joshua, a history buff, has traveled with his
father to view Civil War battle sites. Diamond is concerned about
what kind of world his boys will inherit. "The planet is really
going to be an awful place," he says, if, as according to some predictions,
the tropical rain forest is destroyed by 2030, fossil fuels are
nearly exhausted by 2040 and global warming happens by 2050. "So,
particularly with my science writing I hope to alert people to the
dangers." Does he ever tire or grow bored? "No," Diamond says happily."There's
just too many interesting things out there."
Seipp is a Los Angeles writer.