Dooley Wilson may sing "a kiss is just a kiss" in Casablanca, but
science journalists like Sheril Kirshenbaum know that even the most
fundamental things can benefit from having curiosity applied to them, as
in her enlightening examination of the history, science, and prospects
of osculatory pursuits.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…