• Je Suis Charlie – the Paris unity march Huge crowds turned out for the Paris unity march to support freedom of expression and honor the cartoonists, policemen, and others who died during the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the grocery store in Paris. “Paris is the capital of the world today. The whole country will rise up.” Francois Hollande In attendance were Israeli […]
  • Tommy Caldwell Waxes Poetic on El Cap Tommy Caldwell and Keven Jorgeson are wowing the world and the climbing community with their mind-blowing attempt to free-climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite. From the looks of it, Caldwell may have a book in him. Caldwell’s Instagram posts are nothing short of lyrical. Take this one, an ode to an inspiring […]
  • Friday Reads – Pico Iyer on the Pleasures of Being Foreign, Ethan Siegel on Dark Matter Soon there’ll be more foreigners on earth than there are Americans. Foreignness is a planetary condition, and even when you walk through your hometown—whether that’s New York or London or Sydney—half the people around you are speaking in languages and dealing in traditions different from your own. Read the article at Lapham’s Quarterly But there […]
  • The Copyright Problem: Three Myths That Are Killing Literary Culture 1. Writers just want to be read. I recently heard a young woman at a party say that writers don’t mind when their books are downloaded for free on the internet, because “writers just want to be read.” As a working writer who pays my mortgage and buys groceries and sends my kid to summer […]
  • Fear, Trembling, & Tribulation: Notes from a Raptured Childhood Before I was a San Franciscan, I was a Southerner, and every reformed Southerner knows a thing or two about the Rapture. As a child in a strict Southern Baptist household in Alabama, I was fed a steady Sunday diet of Revelations and lived in fear of the day that Jesus would return, the graves […]
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