LIVES OF THE DEAD
At 16, Confucius was a corn inspector. His job required neither wisdom nor self-scrutiny, only a keen eye for rot and the ability to hold large numbers in his head. Albert Einstein, also good with numbers, could not speak fluently until he was eleven years old. Emperor Louis Napoleon could speak five languages and was praised for his ability to keep silent in all of them. I know only two languages and can’t seem to keep my mouth shut in either, except for that month when I couldn’t speak at all, but we won’t talk about that today. Today we will talk about Thomas Edison, who was afraid of the dark.