Reviews // 3 Articles
The Best Non-Fiction of 2012
24 Jan 2013 // 5:10 PM
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.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
12 Jul 2012 // 6:05 PM
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.
Science Is Still Stranger Than Fiction, As 'The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons' Attests
15 May 2014 // 2:30 AM
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.
Even the Scientifically Challenged, Thanks to Their DNA, Will Enjoy 'The Violinist's Thumb'
1 Oct 2012 // 6:10 PM
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.