Adam Pyz

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Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy

Author Lev Grossman says C.S. Lewis taught him that in fiction, stepping into magical realms means encountering earthly concerns in transfigured form.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan</b> …

California High-Speed Rail: Some Views From the Valley

People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.<p>For those joining us late: California's controversial High-Speed Rail project is worth paying attention to, no matter where you live. …

The Weird Prescience of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Do not look to sewer-dwelling reptilian heroes for depth. Do look to them for a strangely resonant portrait of contemporary attitudes about crime and its causes.<p>The first line of dialogue in the 1990 film <i>Teenage Mutant</i> <i>Ninja Turtles</i> comes from a television news segment. “Much more than just a series …

Our Favorite Orbits Are Getting Crowded With Space Junk

And scientists aren't sure what to do about it

The War Photo No One Would Publish

When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War. But the media wouldn’t run the picture.<p>The Iraqi soldier died attempting to pull himself up over the dashboard of his truck. The flames engulfed his vehicle and incinerated …