“Hole” got a really great, generous write-up from my erstwhile Herald/Post colleague Justin Gillis (who broke the hidden plumes in the Gulf story last May) in The New York Times “green” blog. There’s got to be some natural limit on book-flogging around here, but I thought I should mention at least obliquely, in passing, that someone out there thinks my new book is boffo, and borderline mega-boffo. Justin also plucked from the epilogue a graph that is either prophetic or already out of date, depending on your perspective. I’ve been meaening to post that graph here, and I’m glad that Justin found it. We went to press the first week of March and two days later we overtaken by the tragic events in Japan. From my epilogue:

“Even if there’s not another deepwater oil well blowout anytime soon, there will be something that happens, something awful and unexpected, that involves the failure of a complex technology. It could happen in outer space, at the bottom of the sea, in a nuclear power plant, on the electrical grid, or somewhere in the computer infrastructure that networks the planet. The Deepwater Horizon tragedy is a reminder of how little most of us know about modern technology. We don’t know how anything works. We don’t really think about the source of the electrons that somehow illuminate the light bulb. We don’t know where the gasoline comes from, exactly. No one can fix his or her own car anymore. We don’t know where our food comes from, or even, in the case of certain processed substances, what our food is made of. (Petroleum, probably.) So it’s only natural that, when there’s a complex technological disaster, we can’t render any kind of intelligent judgment about what ought to be done or who to hold accountable.”