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.
Science, Creativity, and Imagination (and the Earth) | 19 Mar 2017 // 9:15 PM
Earth partners something even more unlikely than pumpkin and coffee or Nutella and bacon: an English professor and a planetary scientist.
Is the Author Gaming Hitchcock? or Is He Getting Gamed by Hitchcock? | 21 Dec 2016 // 3:30 AM
“Often when I watch a Hitchcock film in this too-close manner... I am exhausted by the strain of so much scrutinizing… my task has turned me into a freak!”
'The City Baker's Guide to County Living' Is as Warm as Apple Pie | 14 Nov 2016 // 3:30 AM
Pies are not as simple as they seem.
Prepare to Be Logofascinated by Paul Anthony Jones' 'Word Drops' | 18 Aug 2016 // 4:30 AM
What conversation wouldn’t be improved by the inclusion of the word kummerspeck, which is defined as “excess weight gained through comfort eating” but literally means “bacon-grief”?
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions? | 8 Aug 2016 // 9:05 PM
Vinciane Despret blends science with story to give readers new ways to think about animals and our relationships with them.
Who Doesn't Love the Smell of New Book? //5.Jul.16
The Marvels by Brian Selznick //8.Dec.15
Do We Need a Book That Talks About Videogames in Relation to Kant's Thoughts on the Sublime? //30.Nov.15
Can Magic Cure Madness? //30.Aug.15
'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
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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
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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.