Science fiction writer Peter Watts can't catch a break. After being brutally beaten without provocation by US customs guards
last year and then charged with a felony
, he's now contracted "flesh-eating bacteria" (that is, necrotising fasciitis) in his leg after a routine skin biopsy in a Toronto hospital. He came close to dying, and ended up having a huge piece of his calf removed, leaving his leg an "open canyon" with the muscles bare to the environment (and yes, Peter has posted pictures). He's in hospital now, and blogging it with a combination of scientific dispassion (he's got a PhD in biology) and auctorial vividness.
My doctor keeps jamming on his commitment to fork over the shots he took in surgery, the ones showing the necrotic tissue spreading across my leg. Fuck it; I've kept you waiting too long (only partially due to the above reason, granted; I'm also still comatose for a good chunk of the day), and I would be remiss in my educational mandate if I put this off any longer.
But I also seem to remember the occasional squeap from 'crawlers who implored me not to present these epic photos, protests that the mere sight of (let's be honest) such ultimate beefcake shots might provoke reactions too visceral for mere mortals to withstand while retaining their cookies. In deference to such candy-asses I will invoke, for the first time ever, this little "Behind the cut" option that hides the rest of the post from the squeamish.
Get well, Peter. We're all rooting for you. A word of caution: the photo above is not
representative of the extreme gore in Peter's "Moving Pictures" post, which is not for the faint of stomach.
Flesh Eating Fest 11
Princeton University psych prof Susan Fiske published an open letter denouncing the practice of using social media to call out statistical errors in psychology research, describing the people who do this as “terrorists” and arguing that this was toxic because of the structure of social science scholarship, having an outsized effect on careers.
Blue writes, “Peter Watts has be stricken with debilitating pain, loss of range of motion and motor control. Watts’ doctors remain baffled despite a battery of tests, and Watts has reached out to his fans to ask for their theories and ideas as to what might be causing his illness.”
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