Young Man's Game

April 25: "[S]cience could be like baseball: a young man's game whose stars made their mark in their early twenties."

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Long View

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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From Adman to Barista

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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Betting on Earth

April 22: "Instead of reading Paul Ehrlich's clash with Julian Simon as a simple...morality tale, their story can move us beyond stereotyped portrayals of environmentalists and conservatives."

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Massacre-Memory

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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Boston Strong

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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Evolving Darwins

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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Ford Motors On

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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At Home with Books

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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Obsessive Genius

April 15: "A page...will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound..."

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Bad Times, Good Hearts

April 14: "And we come back to this book because Steinbeck asks us to open our hearts..."

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Death's Dominion

April 12: "The Civil War’s rate of death, its incidence in comparison with the size of the American population, was six times that of World War II."

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Stifling a Yawn

April 11: "[B]ecause of the good deeds by which [Tanonius Marcellinus] rescued the population from endless boredom, the entire people judges that this inscription should be recorded."

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Pulitzer's Pot of Gold

April 10: "In a decade, Pulitzer had gone from hiding his last savings of $300 in a trunk to earning more than that amount every hour."

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On the Big River

April 9: "These ambitions faded out, each in its turn; but the ambition to be a steamboatman always remained."

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Treasure Hunt

April 8: "[I] rescued works of art by Rodin, Rembrandt, and Rockwell, and pieces of history as varied as Geronimo’s headdress and a long-lost copy of the Bill of Rights."

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Ebert Looks Back

April 7: "The best movies aren’t about what happens to the characters. They’re about the example that they set."

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'Nasty' Outlook

April 5: "Our civilization is not suffering from exhaustion so much as a sugar high."

 

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Orwell's Example

April 4: "To mark the paper was the decisive act. In small clumsy letters he wrote: April 4th, 1984."

 

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Yada, Yada, Yada

April 3: "We are on the verge of losing our capacity as a society for deep, sustained focus."

 

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West Coast Wit

April 2: "Think Walter Winchell crossed with Jon Stewart, with a little Anthony Lewis and Lawrence Durrell thrown in."

 

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Romance of the Road

April 1: "Pickup trucks started out as down-and-dirty work tools until Detroit discovered it could make billions by selling lavish designer trucks."

 

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Celestial Sounds

March 31: "This is what I have to say about Bach's life's work: listen, play, love, revere -- and keep your trap shut."

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Scott & Zelda

March 29: "Forget the past -- what you can of it, and turn about and swim back home to me, to your haven for ever and ever..."

 

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Crimean Ghosts

March 28: "Memories of the Crimean War continue to stir profound feelings of Russian pride and resentment of the West."

 

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Making a Splash

March 27: "[A]t thirty minutes after six o'clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19, 1812... this country...became a nationality to be reckoned with..."

 

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Slaughter & Silence

March 26: "That cable...blasted the United States...for showing 'moral bankruptcy' in the face of what [U.S. diplomats] bluntly called genocide."

 

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Balancing the Books

March 25: "Because accounting reduces everything to its monetary value, it has allowed us to value least that apparently free source of life itself: the planet."

 

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Eco-Catastrophe

March 24: "Her 'red light to starboard' declaration would prove to be the last of a litany of signals of impending disaster."

 

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The People's Poet

March 22: "It might even appear that I am heading toward eventually being crowned laureate of my ZIP code."

 

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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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