The Planet in a Pebble

The poet William Blake endeavored to "to see the world in a grain of sand," and his metaphoric effort finds precise and metric reality in Jan Zalasiewicz's inspired scientific biography of a pebble as it persists through the history of the universe, illuminating all processes and events in its path.

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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…

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