Ingenious: Richard Dawkins
The evolutionary biologist reads Robert Frost.
The Book No One Read
Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention.
Edgar Allan Poe, Part-Time Cosmologist/Big-Bang Philosopher
A daguerrotype of Poe made several months before his death in 1849 During the waning months of 1847, Edgar Allan Poe sat at his desk with a tortoiseshell cat draped around his shoulders and dreamed the universe into being. Poe believed the book he wrote in that feline-festooned state to be his best work, and […]
In Science Fiction, We Are Never Home
Where technology leads to exile and yearning.
Literature by the Numbers
Critical reading gets even better when you use your computer.
Why People Love to Get Lost in Books
In the huge range of different human cultural inclinations, one of the most widespread is a fondness for stories. We just love to get lost in a good book or movie. When we do, we tend to ignore where we are and become completely absorbed in the story. Psychologists call this “transportation,” and have conducted […]