Children of the Gods

The Internet once again solves a problem you didn't know you had -- tracing the tangled family relationships among the gods and goddesses of Greek myth.  This handy chart from not only allows one to retrace the lines of parentage among those very busy deities, demigods, monsters and heroes, but each link connects back to the Wikipedia page for the mythical personage in question (which in turn leads to more delightful connections:  If you've ever wondered where the three-headed hell-hound Cerebrus came from, click on the link for Typhon.)

Since some of us spent a good bit of childhood trying to make sense of this set of relations through the tales as retold in volumes like  D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, this map of the Olympian family values brings with it a heavy hit of nostalgia as well.


[Found on Twitter via @kirstinbutler.]



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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.