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"Star Fucking Trek?" and More About VR and the 'Dawn of the New Everything'

Computer philosopher and scientist, visual artist and composer Jaron Lanier goes gleefully (but mindfully) "schizophrenic" in Dawn of the New Everything.

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Fairy Tales for the Children of the Laborers

With anthology Workers' Tales, children's literature professor Michael Rosen curates fairy tales from the 19th and 20th centuries that resonate with workers' rights activists and their children today.

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'Iconic Magazine Covers' Positions Magazine Covers As Cultural Artifacts and Historical Touchstones

Ian Birch's engaging Iconic Magazine Covers shows how magazines and their covers not only reflect social change -- they can also help bring about social change.

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'On Press' Shows That Journalism Has Survived Tough Times Before

Matthew Pressman's engaging, historical dive into the fourth estate, On Press, looks at the forces that contributed to the decline of news in print, gave rise to interpretive reporting, and the new challenges and advantages available to news reporters and consumers today.

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'Protest Kitchen' Is Often, Like Our Politics, Unsettling

Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina's Protest Kitchen provides easy, everyday tips to help make positive change in the world, but it might best be read with the comfort of a vegan Irish Cream in hand.

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'Grist Mill Road' Questions the Role of the Spectator to Violence

Just as it's hard not to look at a road accident, it's hard to put Christopher J. Yates' uncomfortable book down.

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'The Perfect Nanny' Mirrors the Aftermath of Its Murderous Inspiration

As with the media surrounding the Krim children murders, Leila Slimani's book asks, what went wrong?

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The Timeless 'Beyond the Rice Fields' Is a Study in Contrasts

Sabers and bayonets might not be weapons of choice today, but the phrase "fear caused the powerful to commit the most awful abuses" rings as true now as it did in 19th century Madagascar.

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Are You Paying Attention? 'The Distracted Mind'

Multi-tasking on your smart phone consumes too many resources, including memory, and can cause the system to "choke". Imagine what it does to your brain.

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'Frankenstein Dreams': When Sci-fi Lumbered into the Victorian Era

Did the Victorians deal with their rapidly changing society better than civilization today is dealing with equally new dizzying discoveries?

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Imagine a World of Trees -- Without Us

Bloomsbury's Object Lessons' installment, Tree, brings to the fore our complicated relationship with this life form.

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Science, Creativity, and Imagination (and the Earth)

Earth partners something even more unlikely than pumpkin and coffee or Nutella and bacon: an English professor and a planetary scientist.

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Is the Author Gaming Hitchcock? or Is He Getting Gamed by Hitchcock?

“Often when I watch a Hitchcock film in this too-close manner... I am exhausted by the strain of so much scrutinizing… my task has turned me into a freak!”

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Prepare to Be Logofascinated by Paul Anthony Jones' 'Word Drops'

What conversation wouldn’t be improved by the inclusion of the word kummerspeck, which is defined as “excess weight gained through comfort eating” but literally means “bacon-grief”?

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