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Traces of Human Folly in the Alpine Landscapes that Inspired Frankenstein

Photograph from the series <i>In Search of Frankenstein</i> (© Chloe Dewe Mathews)A pivotal scene in Mary Shelley’s 1818 <i>Frankenstein; or, The Modern</i> …

Sundance Institute Invites Stories of Change Submissions

The Sundance Institute is inviting proposals to its Stories of Change (SOC) Content Fund for the development and production of independent …

Social Entrepreneurship

The Gray Market: Why Portia de Rossi’s Art-Tech Startup Has a Hard Road Ahead (and Other Insights)

Analysis<p>Our columnist deconstructs Portia de Rossi's 3-D edition business and the problems of crowdfunding street art with Bitcoin.<p>,<p><i>Every Monday</i> …

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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people …

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant …

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Written as a series of autobiographical essays, <i>A Field Guide to Getting Lost</i> draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life …

Beloved

<b>Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read</b><p>Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding …

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees …

The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (Canons)

In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world …

Under the Sea-Wind (Penguin Classics)

<b>Rachel Carson—pioneering environmentalist and author of Silent Spring—opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world in her groundbreaking paean</b> …

A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf

2012 Reprint of 1953 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. An invaluable guide to the …

To Cherish the Life of the World: The Selected Letters of Margaret Mead

Often far from home and loved ones, famed anthropologist Margaret Mead was a prolific letterwriter, always honing her writing skills and her ideas. <i>To</i> …

Lovingly, Georgia: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O'Keeffe and Anita Pollitzer

U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level

<b>Updated at 8:48 p.m. ET</b><p>The birthrate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 1987, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>There were 3,853,472 births in the U.S. in …

Demographics

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!)

A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.<p>Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, …

The Brain

A Poet’s Minecraft Romanticism

Dutch poet Nadia de Vries’s debut collection, <i>Dark Hour</i> (Dostoyevsky Wannabe) captures the plight of poets writing in the digital age. Often composing …

The All-Encompassing Cardi B

To call Cardi B’s new album the sound of hip-hop in 2018 is to downplay her ambition. From giant trap hooks to unobtrusively laid-back keyboards to …

Nadia Haji Omar's Multicultural Cartography

Some background information on Nadia Haji Omar might be useful, especially for those viewers seeing her six modestly scaled dye-and-acrylic paintings …

Judy Linn’s Rigorous Geometry

Judy Linn, “thruway” (early winter 2009), archival pigment print, 19.5 x 28.5 inches, edition 2/6In 2017, a selection of Judy Linn’s black-and-white …

Though Illegal, Child Marriage Still Exists in India

The smells and colors—bold yellow turmeric smeared on hands and faces, a strip of red powdered vermillion applied to the hairline—offer the first clues that a wedding is about to happen or has just happened. The girls at this event are often too young to understand marriage, but they’re old enough …

Brides

The Morphine Queen Who Defied the Nazis

Baron Heinrich von Puttkamer was dying of pneumonia. As the Prussian noble and high-ranking army officer struggled to draw his last, ragged breaths …

Literature

Don't Understand Crypto? Ask 'CryptOprah' to Explain It

In a conference room overlooking a busy Atlanta street, Marie-Antoinette Tichler appears regal in a ruffled white shirt, particularly next to her …

Computer Science

FemTechNet Network Gathering

Digital Feminisms in Action<p>FemTechNet is a D.I.O. (Do It Ourselves) network founded in 2012 by feminist organizers, educators, artists, activists, …

Tribute to Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American novelist who worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She died in January 2018 aged 88. …

Science Fiction

What Kind of World Do You Want to Live In?

Political Science Commencement, UC Berkeley, May 14, 2018<br>by Wendy Brown<p>Tonight, your commencement speaker was supposed to be John Perez, three-term …

Catching Up with Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression

Blog: Library Babel FishBefore I get to books, one small note about the vote on net neutrality that just happened as I write this. (I’ve written …

Race & Ethnicity

The Swedish Designer Creating Edible Robots

Food doesn’t always pair so well with tech. The former is comforting and cultural, the latter cold and commercial. Lab-grown meat, transgenic crops, …

San Francisco

Lil Miquela’s Body Con Job

Above: Lil Miquela.<p>Over lunch this spring, Nikola Burnett, a 15-year-old who always carries two cameras — one film and one digital — sat staring at …

Black Lives Matter

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India