This is fun. Ed was reading the paper yesterday when he realized Animals in Translation had been mentioned on the editorial page: The Paved Mind by Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times, May 22, 2009.
Klinkenborg is talking about perception but he could just as easily be talking about mastery & automaticity.
Speaking of mastery, the Spring 2009 Direct Instruction News has an article by Engelmann on "Mastery & Rate of Learning." I'll get passages posted shortly.