James Shelton has had the good fortune to spend his life writing. These days he’s writing about Yale faculty and students who are rooting out the facts about quasars, ancient snakes, neutrinos, and tree frogs. Before that, he worked for 30 years as a newspaper reporter in Connecticut, Ohio, and his home state of Indiana. He has interviewed cops, shopkeepers, politicians, drug addicts, runners, firefighters, historians, pizza delivery guys, train conductors, school nurses, stand-up comics, and one memorable afternoon listening to birthday party clowns telling war stories. They’re all interesting.