Thursday, January 24 2013
Memoirs in graphic novel form blur the line that snakes between non-fiction and fiction; humorists and pulitzer prize winners delight, inform and terrify us; the real world, artfully penned, opens itself into a book, vulnerable, yet daring us to look. Here is the best of what we saw.
Thursday, July 12 2012
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
Genes explain those crazy cat ladies, why some have no fingerprints, and why others survive nuclear bombs. Genes give some flexibility in their thumbs and fingers, and they might then become truly singular violinists. Sam Kean explains human history and whimsy while showing how DNA influences our species' future.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Sam Kean is a rare writer who approaches science writing as a child would a playground at recess: it’s a wide-open field, full of possibilities.
Monday, October 1 2012
What happened to the Neanderthals? Is polar bear liver poisonous? Does Darth Vader have borderline personality disorder? Sam Kean's The Violinist's Thumb provides some answers.
Tuesday, September 27 2011
This is a breezy and enlightening overview of everybody's favorite high-school chem class poster.