The Power of Story in the Digital Age | 15 Jun 2009 // 10:20 PM
In an age where Twitter and Google seem to be taking over the world, how do people communicate information in a meaningful and memorable manner? They tell a story.
For a Book on Technology, Sven Birkerts' 'Changing the Subject' Is Surprisingly Personal | 7 Oct 2015 // 9:05 PM
The honesty, lyricism, and thoughtfulness make Changing the Subject a pleasure to read.
Annie Barrows' 'The Truth According to Us' Is Charming, Wise, and Warm | 18 Sep 2015 // 4:45 AM
Barrows explores the idea of truth—particularly the way the truth mixes with history and memory.
Can Magic Cure Madness? | 30 Aug 2015 // 9:05 PM
Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a complex but wonderful, masterful story with a charming sense of humor.
Almond Joys, Coffee Shops, and 'The Triumph of Seeds' | 17 Jun 2015 // 9:05 PM
Thor Hanson is the kind of writer who can take something so seemingly simple and so often overlooked and make it not only relevant, but fun.
What's So Scary About Data Management, Psychology and Social Groups? | 14 Jun 2015 // 9:05 PM
Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities has subtle and intelligent writing, dedication to character, and believability -- and a message.
'The Prime of Life': It's Time to Grow Up //26.May.15
The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things //3.May.15
'Culture Crash' Aims to Draw Attention to the Dwindling Creative Subset of the Middle Class //5.Apr.15
Setting You Up for Loss: 'Why Football Matters' //18.Nov.14
'Uncle Anton's Atomic Bomb' Is a Story Full of Details That Requires and Rewards Close Reading //8.Oct.14
On Memory, Family, and Voice //2.Oct.14
How Can You Make Money from Social Media? //9.Jun.14
'Vernon Downs' Is a Darkly Thoughtful Novel //9.Apr.14
Fanfiction Is Not just for Trekkies Anymore (Not That there's Anything Wrong with Trekkies) //23.Jan.14
How Did Prohibition Save Pretzels? //22.Dec.13
Why Do College Students Cheat? //18.Sep.13
'Trash Animals' Reveals the Endearing Traits of Snakes, Coyotes, Cockroaches, Pigeons and Others //13.Aug.13
The Quirks, the Accomplishments, and the What Were We Thinking Moments of 'The Totally Sweet '90s' //18.Jun.13
'It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It' //19.May.13
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman //28.Mar.13
The 'Call the Midwife' Series Makes for a Vivid and Rich Telling of Social and Medical History //18.Mar.13
Why Wouldn't One Hang One's Christmas Tree from the Ceiling? 'Inventing the Christmas Tree' //16.Dec.12
On the Line Between Legitimate Biography and Gossipy Tell-All: 'The Great Charles Dickens Scandal' //30.Oct.12
Even the Scientifically Challenged, Thanks to Their DNA, Will Enjoy 'The Violinist's Thumb' //1.Oct.12
'Grimm's Household Tales' //16.Sep.12
'Poison, Detection, and the Victorian Imagination' Asks, Is Poison the Poetry of Homicide? //30.Aug.12
The Pleasures of Delving Into Another Time and Place: Lloyd Shepherd's 'The English Monster' //21.Jun.12
Girl Talk: 'You Are What You Wear' //26.Mar.12
Self-Reflection is Encouraged in: 'Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution' //11.Mar.12
Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy by Josef Steiff //11.Dec.11
'Future Media': Recommended for Anyone Who Has a Smartphone, Watches TV, or Uses the Internet //13.Oct.11
Growing Old is Cool in 'The Postmortal' //20.Sep.11
Beautifully Crafted and Strangely Beautiful: 'Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children' //17.Jul.11
'Don't Breathe a Word' Is Kinda Creepy //2.Jun.11
'Nerds' Is More Entertaining than a Book about Bullying, Stereotypes & Teenage Angst Should Be //28.Apr.11
In 'Whiter Shades of Pale', the Humor is Vivid //19.Jan.11
The Best Technology Writing 2010 //20.Sep.10
'A Fierce Radiance': Thank Goodness For Mold //18.Jul.10
Eleanor the Queen Was One Helluva Woman //21.Jun.10
Underdogs Unite: 'Girl in Translation' //15.Jun.10
The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi //22.Apr.10
Invisible by Hugues De Montalembert //7.Apr.10
The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee //7.Mar.10
Veracity by Laura Bynum //28.Feb.10
Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper //17.Feb.10
Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops by Harry Oliver //7.Feb.10
What a Kindle / Nook / iPad Can't Do: 'Ex Libris: The Art of Bookplates' | 15 Aug 2011 // 1:00 AM
Books -- real, print, physical books -- say something about their owners and so, as the book Ex Libris makes clear, do bookplates.
'Black Cats and Four-Leaf Clovers' and a Lot of Other Crazy Superstitions | 15 Sep 2010 // 3:00 AM
Sin, death, and the devil appear to be popular themes in the world of superstitions and old wives tales.
I'm in a New York State of Mind | 20 Apr 2010 // 3:01 AM
New York City is all about having a dream -- even if you're aren't quite certain what it is.