The Man Who Lied to His Laptop

Stanford's technology maven Clifford Nass dissects the curious web of emotions and expectations that bind man and machine, discovering that hardwired components of our brains, evolved to deal with organic beings, adapt themselves instinctively to creatures of silicon and plastic, too.

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

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…