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Books
'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. [20.Oct.14]
'Into the War' Is Introspective, Poignant,  and Moralistic in All the Right Ways
Italo Calvino offers a rarely personal, and deeply insightful, glimpse of the adolescent experience of war. [17.Oct.14]
Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan
By Ian Bell
Ian Bell explores Dylan's unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It's a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away. [17.Oct.14]
Soap, Candles, and Even the Humble Ice Cube Make Appearances in 'How We Got to Now'
From the first selfie to the importance of jazz musicians, Steven Johnson puts a few surprises into How We Got To Now. [16.Oct.14]
'Surgeon General's Warning' Provides a Fascinating History on a Controversial Position
Written in vivid detail and expertly researched, Mike Stobbe's chronicle of the office of the Surgeon General parts the curtains on some surprising heroes and brings us to a surprising conclusion. [16.Oct.14]
Reviews
The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose. [19.Oct.14]
Italo Calvino offers a rarely personal, and deeply insightful, glimpse of the adolescent experience of war. [16.Oct.14]
From the first selfie to the importance of jazz musicians, Steven Johnson puts a few surprises into How We Got To Now. [16.Oct.14]
Written in vivid detail and expertly researched, Mike Stobbe's chronicle of the office of the Surgeon General parts the curtains on some surprising heroes and brings us to a surprising conclusion. [16.Oct.14]
Lars Iyer's latest novel explores sadness and genius while contemplating the end of philosophy. [15.Oct.14]
These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds. [15.Oct.14]
This real-world account of an ill-fated Yale student's life will be haunting me for many months. [14.Oct.14]
The challenges for Americans and other countries to grapple with are not economic ones, and they are not narrow, technically ‘scientific’ ones. They are moral and philosophical ones. [14.Oct.14]
Mixed Media
News
By Jay Greene
Amazon has made its fortune offering consumers a safe way to spend their money. When it comes to television production, though, the company is making a name for itself by taking on some of the riskiest projects coming out of Hollywood. [16.Oct.14]
Features
By Ian Bell
Ian Bell explores Dylan's unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It's a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away. [16.Oct.14]
By Katja Huru
Though a surface reading of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy suggests compelling depiction of women, underneath lies ages-old patriarchal myths. [14.Oct.14]
Columns
Re:Print
Pollitt’s new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is both a call to arms and a call for honest reflection. [07.Oct.14]
The Weapon of the Future
Hip-hop appeals to those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, which is why ISIS looks to hip-hop communities as potential recruiting grounds. [06.Oct.14]
From The Blogs
My lips went mildly numb. Not dentist-visit numb, or certain illegal drugs numb. Just pleasantly numb. Comfortably numb. [10.Oct.14]
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