Monday, February 16 2015
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.
Monday, October 20 2014
The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.
Thursday, October 13 2011
Despite the title, the book surprisingly offers very little context between technology guru Cory Doctorow’s ideas and thoughts from piece to piece.
Wednesday, August 17 2011
In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.
Wednesday, August 10 2011
From childcare provider to chef, roboticists have big plans for their human-like machines, which raises the question: How human is too human?
Monday, March 21 2011
Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.
Thursday, November 11 2010
The exhilarating world of podcasting opens up new opportunities for pop culture analysis in the relatively young medium. Here is a list of ten particularly rewarding podcasts covering the worlds of film, television, music, and literature.
Monday, November 1 2010
My affinity for Ray Bradbury's work is rooted in his "accidental novels", as well as in the collections that plunder what is seemingly a limitless vault of manuscripts.
Thursday, September 23 2010
Friedel is a master weaver and his ability to bring together so many historical strands is truly impressive. He pays attention to the lesser-known tinkerers and tweakers as much as to the more famous inventors, making this book a fine example of bottom-up history.
Thursday, June 17 2010
We've all done it -- bought a book based on a good review, passed over another because of a bad review. But why do reviews affect us? And how do they do it?