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Losing intimacy in place of intellect

Richard Dawkins' sequel to his memoir presents a public life more than a private one

Dawkins has a tendency to put a little pat of butter next to everyone's name . . . Even his actual barbs tend to come wrapped in puff pastry.

New York

IN Richard Dawkins' first memoir, An Appetite for Wonder (2013), he described losing his virginity, at the somewhat advanced age of 22, to a cellist in London.

His writing about this episode was typical of him. First he called upon science. "It isn't difficult for a...

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