The Idea Factory

Before Apple, before Google, there was Bell Labs, font of one brilliant invention after another. With a novelist's eye for vivid details and juicy character sketches, Jon Gertner chronicles five decades in an eccentric world where having a Ph.D in an esoteric field was merely the ticket to entry, and Nobelists sprouted like dandelions. A vision of America's innovative Golden Age, and an inspiration to fresh ambitions of genius.

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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