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Circus Roboticus, Or: This Actor Is A Serious Heavyweight

Whenever the military rolls out some revolutionary new robot, folks are quick with the Skynet jokes. But in recent years, […]

‘Crushing Eastern Europe’ Behind The ‘Iron Curtain’

If you read Anne Applebaum’s Iron Curtain as a manual on how to take over a state and turn it […]

The Love You Save: Lessons On Water And Stuff

On Monday morning at about 5:30 (I’m an early riser), I woke up, swung my legs out of bed, and […]

Going ‘Marbles’: From Manic Highs To Oceanic Lows

Marbles, cartoonist Ellen Forney’s excellent graphic memoir about being bipolar, opens with her in the middle of a 5 1/2-hour […]

Could A Second Term Mean More Gridlock?

President Obama has been re-elected. Democrats and Republicans have maintained their respective majorities in the Senate and in the House. […]

Reading ‘Dune,’ My Junior-High Survival Guide

Leigh Bardugo is the author of Shadow and Bone. Frank Herbert’s Dune was the first coming-of-age story that resonated with […]

Cider House Jewels Get Creative Juices Flowing

Let’s first toast the season with steaming mugs of hot cider and glasses of sparkling hard cider. Then, let’s start […]

Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

In Oliver Sacks’ book The Mind’s Eye, the neurologist included an interesting footnote in a chapter about losing vision in […]

‘Flight Behavior’ Weds Issues To A Butterfly Narrative

Barbara Kingsolver’s commitment to literature promoting social justice runs so deep that in 1998 she established the Bellwether Prize (now […]

Lincoln’s Screen Legacy, Decidedly Larger Than Life

He’s a statue in many a monument, a profile on the penny, a face on the five-dollar bill, and an […]

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