Friday, June 17, 2005

Einstein's Wife

As I predicted, the rejections have started rolling in. (Just the email ones, obviously, it will take months to be properly and thoroughly rejected by the agencies who prefer snailmail submissions). I've got two so far, and one of them - oh joy! - was a letter with enough detail to indicate that somebody, somewhere has actually skimmed the proposal before refusing it.

In the world of publishing, that's considered good news. The world of publishing is one sick bitch.

And has anybody else been fuming about this fetid pile of well-covered dogshit?

In 1896 Mileva Maric, a courageous young woman of exceptional intellect, boldly entered the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and enrolled in theoretical physics. Only one other person did the same, a young Albert Einstein... Einstein's Wife is a story of love, marriage, science and sexual discrimination and restores the memory of a remarkable woman of the 20th century, driven by passion, but drowned by history.

Maybe my anonymous poster will do another drive-by to tell me I'm projecting, but honest to Christ. This woman was (at the very least) Einstein's facilitator, peer-reviewer and sounding-board for the research that led up to E=mc^2. She failed her Ph.D. exams while suffering from hyperemises, and when she retook them after her marriage, having spent a damn year hiding in the boondocks lest her beloved suffer the social consequences of impregnating his shiksa girlfriend and refusing to marry her in a timely fashion, she scored on the low side and the committee decided not to pass her, figuring that one Ph.D. was enough for the Einstein family.

Einstein separated her from daughter, who either died of scarlet fever or was given to another family to raise. They had two sons in wedlock, and after she was completely commited to her domestic responsibilities and had lost all chance of an academic career, he bailed. Kicked her out. Demanded a divorce (in fact, paid her off with his Nobel Prize money) and married his first cousin a month after the papers were signed.

Oh, and then he fled to America, leaving her to face the Nazis with his two half-Jewish children.

Nice, huh?

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