Of Reading Lists

I stumbled across this post at The Essayist covering Donald Barthelme’s Reading List. Though I don’t have anything more substantive to say, I found it intriguing and wanted to pass it along.

By any other name

Publisher’s Weekly had an article up recently regarding the alternate titles of famous books. I saw it when I was sick and then promptly forgot about it. I found the one on Steinbeck to be particularly interesting in the sense of “what could have been.” Frankly, I’m glad he read Robert Burns.

Inside a Nuclear Reactor

Here’s a video via Frontline that shows the inside of one of the damaged Fukushima reactors in Japan. It may not seem like much until you realize that all those streaks and flashes are actually gamma rays.

In which I whine a little

If you follow me on twitter, you’re probably well aware that I’ve been sick as all get out over the last week or so. The combination of a variation of the flu and a throat infection has knocked me pretty much entirely out of commission. Oh sure, the inability to eat, drink, or speak normally […]

So Much for Progress

Kurt Andersen writes an interesting article at Vanity Fair about how our cultural landscape has become essentially stagnant. There’s a lot in this article to unpack and I have to say that I disagree with Andersen’s criteria in a number of areas. The short version is that I think Andersen ignores a number of areas […]