- We know that our heartstrings will be tugged, indeed yanked, but Moles manages to make this very sentimental story work.
- Rich Horton, Locus
Another reporter stood up, one of the newspaper men. “I have a question for Dr. Schulman,” he said.
“Go ahead,” I said.
“Does the chimpanzee–” the reporter began.
“Adam,” I said.
“Does Adam understand what he’s doing?” said the reporter. “Or is he just repeating something he’s memorized, like a dog doing tricks? I mean, everyone knows apes can’t really think.”
“Where’d you get that idea?” I said.
“Well,” said the reporter, looking uncomfortable, “my paper recently ran an interview with Dr. Theodore Roper of Yale–“
I interrupted him. “I consider Ted Roper a close personal friend,” I lied, trying to keep my voice level. “But when it comes to primate cognition, he and his behaviorist friends couldn’t find their asses with both hands.” As the reporter turned red, I added: “You can quote me on that.”
“All right,” Akers said hurriedly. “I’m afraid that’s all we have time for, gentlemen; we have a rocket to launch.”