Displaying articles for: January 2014

Talking with Strangers

February 1: "They have silenced Danny's voice, but not his spirit -- the legacy of Danny's lifelong 'talking with strangers' will be forever in our heart."

 

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Death of a Private

January 31: "Eleven bullets struck Slovik, including two in the left arm; not one hit his heart. Even the Army's finest marksmen trembled at such an awful moment."

 

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Resisting Violence

January 30: "Nonviolence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute."

 

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Approaching Doomsday

January 29: "From the earliest marks made on cave walls to our most sublime works of art, the fear of death haunts our every creation."

 

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Space Survival

January 28: " 'Working the problem' is NASA-speak for descending one decision tree after another, methodically looking for a solution until you run out of oxygen."

 

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Global Reach

January 27: "[A]ll articles must be accurate, objective, of enduring value, and 'of a kindly nature.' "

 

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Unriddling Robots

January 25: "We need to understand robots so we can proceed with due caution and deliberation. No secrets. No surprises."

 

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Scouting Report

January 24: "And at the back of the parade, the message of the Eagle ranks was: Here's what Scouting can do. But many people were no longer listening."

 

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Spy Cruise Interrupted

January 23: "As we unleash spies and covert operations against a growing list of twenty-first-century adversaries, we'd do well to remember the painful lessons of the Pueblo."

 

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All that Glitters

January 22: "Those commanders and chieftains that shoot at honour and abundance shall find there more rich and beautiful cities, more temples adorned with golden images..."

 

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Border Blaster

January 21: "The Wolfman's howl, his wild rock and his wilder phone calls, are part of California mythology."

 

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First Trips

January 20: "In fact, the heads are pouring in by the hundreds, bombed out of their gourds, hundreds of heads coming out into the open for the first time."

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The Dude Koans

January 18: "Koans are Zen stories that only make sense if you can see that life and reality are different from your opinions about them."

 

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Mississippi Dreaming

January 17: "The Mississippi was my best invention; a dream that was always there, like a big friendly room with an open door into which I could wander at will."

 

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Endangered Africa

January 16: "[M]odern humans consume disproportionately more resources than other vertebrates, including humans who had simpler lifestyles."

 

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Whither Wiki?

January 15: "Wikipedia is no longer a small village of familiar townsfolk; it's a metropolis of faceless commuters."

 

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A Mind of His Own

January 14: "His genius as a writer is not knowing much about what anyone else says or thinks."

 

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Getting Ahead

January 13: "I don't want to be ignorant. I didn't use to care, but I do now. I want to grow up 'spectable."

 

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Mandela's Children

January 11: "The kids latched onto us before we could find our footing at the curb. 'Captain! Master! Baas!' they cried.... 'We're hungry, Baas!' "

 

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Road to Rome

January 10: "As they stamped their feet against the cold, they waited for the trumpeters to summon them to action. To shoulder arms, to advance -- to cross the Rubicon."

 

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'I Plunged'

January 9: "My body whispered: 'You cannot possibly swim five miles in such a current,' but Inspiration shouted: 'This is the Hellespont….' "

 

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Science over Sex

January 8: "I have sold more books on physics than Madonna has on sex."

 

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Adipose Nation

January 7: "We have the distinction of having become the fattest major nation in the history of the world and, with each passing year, we are becoming noticeably fatter."

 

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Soul Machines?

January 6: "There are people building computers to emulate the brain and who believe in theory that a computer can be achieved that has consciousness."

 

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Raintree's Tragic Ending

January 4: "Of names upon the land, the fragments of forgotten language. Of beauty risen from the river and seen through rushes at the river's edge."

 

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Locavores of Middle-Earth

January 3: "Nowadays, the average food item on our grocery store shelves travels up to fifteen hundred miles before it gets there. That's just about the distance from Hobbiton to Mount Doom."

 

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Mendele the Book Peddler

January 2: "Make a pledge, sell your wife's little jewelry and buy a cart, pack it with books and go out into the world."

 

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Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).