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A Book Of Zoology

I was upset when I saw this afternoon that my children had taken a favorite book about 20 allergy from my own childhood and takend it into the woods, where it was forgotten, left to molder.

But then, as I stooped to see a slug crawling across a page about the difference between [...]

The Culture Of Academic Book Covers

I have never understood why so many academic books have abstract, irrelevant pieces of artwork on their covers, when it would not be difficult to add a photograph or sketch related to the topic of the book.

This book, for example – The Cultures Of Work Organizations, by Harrison Truce and Janice Beyer – [...]

The Indecisive Decision Book

I might have bought The Decision Book if its authors had themselves demonstrated the ability to be decisive. [...]

Review: Independents Rising by Jacqueline Salit

On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a [...]

A More Subtle Ragnarok

Part of Byatt’s use of Ragnarok is as an ecological warning of the human destruction of life on Earth. That’s all well and good, but this ecological interpretation seems itself to be a metaphor for a deeper, more honest mourning of the open fields of childhood, and its relevance to the eventual devolution of the pure and beautiful into a black inky nothingness. [...]

Will Someone Tell Me Why Everyone Loves Game of Thrones?

Last year, everybody was raving about the new Game of Thrones TV series, calling it J.R.R. Tolkien, but subtle. So I picked up the first book from George R.R. Martin (yes, R.R.) and read it. Dishier than Tolkien, to be sure: lots of sex in that book. Easier to read than Tolkien? You bet: no [...]

God Is Not God

The word that Karen Armstrong translates as “God” is actually a phrase: “ho theos” (in Greek lettering, of course). “Ho theos” is translated into English not as the name of a deity, but as a referral to the realm of deity in general or as a reference to one particular deity without naming that deity. In Metaphysics, Aristotle argues for “ho theos” as an impersonal cosmic source of creation. Aristotle’s use of the term “ho theos” does not refer to Yahweh, the prime deity of the Jews. [...]

Climate Change Can Have Seismic Consequences

Big waves, earthquakes, volcanoes, rockslides and avalanches can become more common because of global warming. It’s not just about the heat. [...]

The Grand Design, Bound Hard

The Grand Design has been particularly helpful in revealing how the quantum world can be comprehensible to those of us who live in the macroscopic world. [...]

The Inanity Of Woodstock, Revisited

You have to remember, this was the 60s. They didn’t know about the dangerous effects of turning your brain off back then. [...]

Dig The Graveyard Book

If you’re looking for a book that you can actually enjoy reading, pick up a copy of The Graveyard Book, a longer book by Neil Gaiman, the author of Coraline. [...]