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Features

Monday, June 15 2009

The Power of Story in the Digital Age

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.


Reviews

Tuesday, November 18 2014

Setting You Up for Loss: 'Why Football Matters'

Football. According to author Mark Edmundson, it's a pharmakon.


Thursday, October 16 2014

Soap, Candles, and Even the Humble Ice Cube Make Appearances in 'How We Got to Now'

From the first selfie to the importance of jazz musicians, Steven Johnson puts a few surprises into How We Got To Now.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

'Uncle Anton's Atomic Bomb' Is a Story Full of Details That Requires and Rewards Close Reading

Follow author Ian Woollen's advice: "Sit back, sip your drink, and allow words and phrases such as 'sock hop' and 'fallout', 'Studebaker', and 'Red Scare' to summon up what images they will."


Thursday, October 2 2014

On Memory, Family, and Voice

Elizabeth is Missing is a beautifully written book that touches on so many of the challenges that come with aging.


Sunday, September 28 2014

There's Plenty of Realism in "Land of Love and Drowning's" Magic

While there's a fairy tale tone (think of the original ones, that don’t always have happily ever after endings), the characters are well developed and empathic.


Blogs

Monday, August 15 2011

What a Kindle / Nook / iPad Can't Do: 'Ex Libris: The Art of Bookplates'

Books -- real, print, physical books -- say something about their owners and so, as the book Ex Libris makes clear, do bookplates.


Wednesday, September 15 2010

'Black Cats and Four-Leaf Clovers' and a Lot of Other Crazy Superstitions

Sin, death, and the devil appear to be popular themes in the world of superstitions and old wives tales.


Tuesday, April 20 2010

I'm in a New York State of Mind

New York City is all about having a dream -- even if you're aren't quite certain what it is.


Tuesday, March 23 2010

The Rockabillies


Thursday, February 4 2010

Twitterature


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