Hope I didn’t
excite you too much. Look, let me reassure you. To the best of my
knowledge, there are very few recycled parchments living dispossessed
lives under totalitarian regimes, though some do live repossessed
lives under restrictive glass.
Be that as it
may, you’ll no doubt be aware that Bikwil has this thing
going with the spirit of liberated enquiry into all kinds of
unobtrusive obsessions. Well — and this is where "popular
frontism" comes in — today we call for contributions to a
proposed occasional series (Up-front Popularizers?) celebrating
those men and women with the gift for emancipating abstruse interests
and disseminating them with entertaining clarity.
So how about
it? Do you have a favourite creator of a "Made Simple" book
or broadcast programme, however old, you'd like to extol in Bikwil?
Jacob Bronowski, say, or Jostein Gaarder, Robert Hughes, Julius Sumner
Miller, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, H.G. Wells, Sister Wendy Becket
. . .
Ok, then, let's
hear about the popularizer you especially like.