The Power of Story in the Digital Age | 15 Jun 2009 // 9:20 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.
The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things | 3 May 2015 // 8:05 PM
John McQuaid blends history, scientific research, cultural studies, and personal anecdotes to create a lively and engaging history of taste.
Perception vs. Reality in Tracy Manaster's 'You Could Be Home By Now' | 8 Apr 2015 // 8:05 PM
Some books you just don’t want to end. Manaster’s debut is one of those books.
'Culture Crash' Aims to Draw Attention to the Dwindling Creative Subset of the Middle Class | 5 Apr 2015 // 8:05 PM
Has the US abandoned its middle-class creatives? Scott Timberg explains in Culture Crash.
Everlasting Lane Can Be a Harsh Place, Full of Beasts, Both Human and Animal | 16 Mar 2015 // 8:05 PM
Everlasting Lane is an excellent reminder of how smart and intuitive children can be and how difficult childhood really is.
'The Never-Open Desert Diner' Is Beautifully Written With a Delicate Sense of Humor | 4 Feb 2015 // 8:05 PM
A book with this kind of subtly, lyricism, and quiet intensity isn’t just appreciated—it’s restorative.
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 // 12:00 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 // 2:00 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 // 2:01 AM
New York City is all about having a dream -- even if you're aren't quite certain what it is.