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‘The Dark Net’ Peers Beyond the Headlines About the Hidden Web

Part investigative journalism, pop-anthropology, and travel diary, The Dark Net finds a bizarre world; a funhouse refraction of our surface interests, intents, motivations, and mores.

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29 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

All it takes is the installation of one free web browser to access a realm of the internet where, for a certain amount of cash, you can join in an assassination betting pool.

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Callous Masculinity and Robot Sexuality Conflict in ‘Ex Machina’

This artificial intelligence flick uses the nerd archetype to make points about masculinity, ego, and empathy.

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Who Made the Machines That Remade the World?

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.

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‘Voyaging in Strange Seas’ Tells of the Deep, Wide Roots of Modern Science

The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.

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‘Context’ Without the Context

Despite the title, the book surprisingly offers very little context between technology guru Cory Doctorow’s ideas and thoughts from piece to piece.

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‘Ghost Story’: Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

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.

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10 Aug 2011 // 3:25 AM

Making Robots Human

From childcare provider to chef, roboticists have big plans for their human-like machines, which raises the question: How human is too human?

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

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’.

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11 Nov 2010 // 6:34 AM

The Top Ten Pop Culture Podcasts

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.

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Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back

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.

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‘A Culture of Improvement’  Is an Impressive Account of Technology and Technological Change

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.

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Getting Inside the Book Review: How They Work & Why We Read Them

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?

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Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman I always just assumed an invisibility cloak was something relegated to Marvel Comic’s The Hood, the

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Before iBooks, There Was the Vook ... But Are Vooks Relevant in the Era of the iPad?

Over the past few months, iPad talk has dominated the electronic book world. But before the iPad, there was the Vook (rhymes with book).

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Apple’s latest gadget, the iPad, is set to hit shelves next week. There’s been a lot of talk about how the shiny new

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Borders Books: Corporate Media Heroin in Las Vegas, Part One

Moving into the next decade, we are being endlessly pummeled by journalists and pundits in the media attempting to sum up for us poor saps

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Victim’s Gay Hero and Modern Marvels of Social Change

No, gays won’t have to march- there are plenty more ways for heroes to come out to battle. What if lynching had gone viral? Remember that Dr. King had no iPhone, hence the distance between Montgomery and Atlanta was enormous, but dwarfed by now the Internet (not to mention I-85).

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Soundscape of the Body Politic: The Songs of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’

Interpolators of literature always try to figure out how we, as readers, glean the book in our hands. Arguments between the likes of Harold Bloom

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (trailer)

A literary/pulp mashup. At its best? That remains to be seen. Author Seth Grahame-Smith must have some real cajones to tamper with a such

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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