Kirsten Dunst and Carl Sagan

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March 6 2007 4:54 PM

Kirsten Dunst and Carl Sagan

Yes, that really is actress Kirsten Dunst, and yes, she really is reading Carl Sagan's book, The Varieties of Scientific Experience.

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I'm not sure precisely why I'm posting this, except that

1) I am reading that same book right now (I finally picked it up; it's the only Sagan book I have not yet read),

2) I think it's funny for some reason (not to imply Ms. Dunst is a stereotypically dumb actress; in fact I think it's terrific she's reading it),

3) It's also funny that she's smoking while reading it -- it's jarring and odd, though I'm not sure why -- and there are other pix of her at the link above where she has, um, other things to say (or gesture),

3) I love link bait.

I am not a huge fan of hers, though she was pretty good in the second Spiderman movie. But I do like Sagan's writing quite a bit. So I'm glad it's getting some coverage.