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Neil Gaiman and the Cast of American Gods Talk About Belief, Happy Endings, and Going to War

In the second season of Starz’ American Gods TV series, the motley deities and celestial beings dotting the landscape of the United States are getting ready for war. It’s a conflict that will change what we know about them and how Shadow and the show’s other characters perceive themselves.Read more...
Tags: Set Visit, American Gods, Neil Gaiman, Interview, Ricky Whittle, Yetide Badaki, Ian Mcshane, Orlando Jones, Omid Abtahi, Moussa Kraish, Books, Demore Barnes, Starz


The Dark Tower Is Finally a Go at Amazon as a New Gunslinger Arises

The movie version of The Dark Tower fled across our memories, and the new Amazon television show followed in its path. But some news today has refreshed our excitement once more.Read more...
Tags: The Dark Tower, Stephen King, Sam Strike, Jasper Paakkonen, Books, Amazon Studios, Streaming


Does Einstein’s First Wife Deserve Some Credit for His Work? That’s the Wrong Question to Ask

Little was known about her or his children with her — and there was little interest in finding out — until the discovery in 1986 of her correspondence with Einstein
Tags: Books, Science, News, Opinion, Uncategorized, Einstein


J.K. Rowling Adds More Fuel to the Dumbledore/Grindelwald Fire 

The upcoming Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features some choices quotes from writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates regarding the are-they/aren’t-they relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Lgbtq, Warner Bros, Fantastic Beasts, J K Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, Blu Ray, Grindelwald, David Yates, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Dumbledore Grindelwald Fire, Gellert Grindelwald Read


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


These Gorgeous Game of Thrones Storyboards Offer Just a Glimpse of a Massive New Book

As Game of Thrones comes to an end, many of us find ourselves looking back to the beginning. Why did the show become so huge? What were our favorite moments? How did it all happen? Like the show itself, those are rather large questions, but the “how” is getting a suitably large answer in a new book.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Insight, Game Of Thrones, Behind The Scenes, Exclusive, William Simpson, Storyboards


George R.R. Martin Says There May Be 'Discrepancies' Between the Game of Thrones Finale and His Books

Yes, George R.R. Martin is still working on The Winds of Winter. Yes, that means A Dream of Spring will come eventually. But before that happens, we’re getting the eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. What will this spoil for fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series? Hopefully: not everything.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, A Song Of Ice And Fire, George R R Martin


HBO's Lovecraft Country Could Be Everything Green Book Wasn't

There are as many valid criticisms of Peter Farrelly’s Best Picture Oscar-winner Green Book as there are listings in Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book. But an upcoming adaptation has a lot more potential to tell the real story, even if there are Lovecraftian monsters involved.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Mahershala Ali, Race, History, Racism, Oscars, Viggo Mortensen, Ku Klux Klan, Jordan Peele, Matt Ruff, Peter Farrelly, Lovecraft Country, Green Book, HP Lovecraft


Batshit QAnon Book Is Currently One of the Highest Ranked Politics Books on Amazon

A book promoting the batshit insane QAnon conspiracy theory is currently ranked in the top 75 most popular books on Amazon, according to a report by NBC. Amazon also promoted the book on their books division home page, where it was listed under the algorithmically generated category “Hot new releases.”Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Science, Social Media, Algorithms, Conspiracy Theories, Q, Maga, Pizzagate, NBC Amazon, QAnon, Online Fever Swamp


50 Years Later, Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain Is Getting a Sequel Novel

Half a century after Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton made us fear disease as much as dinosaurs and robots, the classic sci-fi novel The Andromeda Strain is finally getting a sequel. And it’s coming out this year.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Sci Fi, Michael Crichton, Harper Collins, Daniel H Wilson, The Andromeda Evolution, Andromeda Strain


More promising news about phages, the parasites that prey on parasites

For many years, we've been following the research on phages, viruses that kill bacteria, once a staple of Soviet medicine and now touted as a possible answer to the worrying rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Steffanie Strathdee is an infectious disease epidemiologist; she's written a book about her husband Tom Patterson's near-death experience: Patterson was nearly killed by a large ("soccer-ball sized"), infected cyst in his gut, and his life was saved by experimental phage...
Tags: Post, Books, Gift Guide, Science, News, Biology, North America, Antibiotic Resistance, Patterson, Superbugs, Epidemiology, Tom, UC San Diego, UCSD, Going Viral, Tom Patterson


The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space.

To celebrate the organization’s first 60 years in space, The NASA Archives features 400+ photographs and rare renderings—spanning the moon landing, rovers on Mars and more. Launched in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the world’s first civilian space agency with a focus on peaceful exploration—despite it being founded as part of the Space Race. With notes from science and tech journalists, NASA historians, …
Tags: Books, Photography, Space, Science, Design, Photo Books, History, Nasa, Reading, Mars, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Archives


February linkfest

Why are some companies, like publishers and fashion businesses, called “houses”? Includes a delightful explanation of how Random House got its name. (Grammar Girl) * I’m a pushover for specialized slang dictionaries, and this is a good one: a guide to carnival lingo. Warning: many irresistible rabbit holes on that site. (Good Magic) A razzle dazzle game (Stevens Magic Emporium) * Have startup names gotten less weird? (Techcrunch) * Speaking of weird: This is an article about ...
Tags: Startups, Books, Music, UK, Science, Design, US, Nasa, Bbc, Linguistics, Sony, Food And Drink, Greek, Mars, Random House, Branding


7 of the most popular science books of all time

Chaos theory, evolution and the cosmos make for an eye-opening read. Carl Sagan paints a sagacious picture of humanity's place in the universe.Great scientists give us a glimpse into their minds and their theories.Scientists have been sleuthing through the mysteries and secrets of the universe since humankind first started asking questions. Just what is going on in this grand amphitheater of reality? The courageous and curious sometimes leave their ivory towers to translate their arcane works ...
Tags: Books, Science, Scotland, Time, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Literature, Stephen Hawking, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Dyson, Richard Dawkins, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Darwin


The Uninhabitable Earth Wants You to Panic Over Climate Change

The first time climate change hit home for me, I was at the top of a ski run. I don’t recall the exact date or even the exact mountain I was on (hell, maybe it was a dream), but I remember looking down the slope of untracked powder and wondering how long it would be there. It stuck with me, and my life swerved from…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Book Reviews, Global Warming, David Wallace Wells, Uninhabitable Earth


The Coolest Images in the Beautiful New Han Solo Book

If you’re looking for 241-page, beautifully illustrated, expertly researched book chronicling the history of Han Solo, Star Wars Icons: Han Solo by Gina McIntyre is it. But that’s not all that makes the book so great.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Alden Ehrenreich, Insight Editions, Gina McIntyre


Forget Strong Female Characters! We Need Complicated Female Characters Who Screw Up (A Lot)

Every few months like clockwork, it happens again: the never-ending debate over Strong Female Characters.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, The Magicians, Characters, Supergirl, Charlie Jane Anders, Killing Eve, She Ra And The Princesses Of Power


New Details From Game of Thrones' Infamous Scrapped Pilot Have Emerged

As we wait for Game of Thrones to come to its final end this year, we’re still fascinated about the beginning that never was—one that would’ve given us a radically altered version of the series as we know it.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin


Historic Manuscript Filled with Beautiful Illustrations of Cuban Flowers & Plants Is Now Online (1826 )

The internet has become an essential back up system for thousands of pieces of historical art, science, and literature, and also for a specialized kind of text incorporating them all in degrees: the illustrated natural science book, from the golden ages of book illustration and philosophical naturalism in Europe and the Americas. We’ve seen some fine digital reproductions of the illustrated Nomenclature of Colors by Abraham Gottlob Werner, for example—a book that accompanied Darwin on his Beagl...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Books, Science, College, Cuba, Cornell, Darwin, Mary, Facebook Twitter, Josef Albers, Josh Jones, Euclid, Mary Shelley, Goethe


150 Years of the Periodic Table

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the periodic table, and it has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In anticipation of the anniversary, and the official opening day ceremony that will take place in France on February 7, Oxford University Press is celebrating the centuries of discover that created the modern Periodic Table.Here, we take a look at the fascinating history of ...
Tags: Infographics, Books, Science, Featured, France, History, Chemistry, Mathematics, Multimedia, Periodic Table, Elements, Oxford University Press, BCE, Science & Medicine, Physics & Chemistry, This Day in History


A New Pet Sematary Trailer Reveals the Remake Will Scare You in a Slightly Different Way

The strongest argument against letting a young person ever have a pet is that, eventually, they’re likely to become emotionally attached to it, which’ll almost invariably become a problem once the pet in question decides to die.Read more...
Tags: Books, Death, Science, Kids, Horror, Animals, Pets, Stephen King, Paramount, Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, Pet Sematary


HOW TO: Randall "XKCD" Munroe's forthcoming book of "absurd scientific advice"

Randall "XKCD" Munroe's next book has been announced: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, a sequel of sorts to his 2014 book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, spun out of his wonderful XKCD spinout site. It's out on Sept 3, and the publisher's description makes it (as Kottke says) an instant pre-order: "For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try ...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, Science, News, Webcomics, Humor, Xkcd, Kottke, Explainers For Mad Scientists, Randall XKCD Munroe


WHAT IF: Randall "XKCD" Munroe's forthcoming book of "absurd scientific advice"

Randall "XKCD" Munroe's next book has been announced: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, a sequel of sorts to his 2014 book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, spun out of his wonderful XKCD spinout site. It's out on Sept 3, and the publisher's description makes it (as Kottke says) an instant pre-order: "For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try ...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, Science, News, Webcomics, Humor, Xkcd, Kottke, Explainers For Mad Scientists, Randall XKCD Munroe


Marlon James Talks Superheroes, the Joy of Fantasy, and His Stunning New Book Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James is already a big deal; he won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his crime novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. But Black Leopard, Red Wolf—the first entry in his Dark Star fantasy trilogy, which the Jamaican-born author himself dubbed “the African Game of Thrones”—levels up in a huge way.Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, Science, Interview, Marlon James, Black Panther, Wolf, Captain Marvel, X Men, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, Black Leopard Red Wolf, Dark Star Trilogy, Seven Killings But Black Leopard Red Wolf


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Florence Knoll Bassett, Sweden's affinity for erotica, how germs communicate and more Pioneer of Office Design, Florence Knoll Bassett Dies at 101 Anyone familiar with open floor plans, straight lines and simplicity within their office knows the work of Florence Knoll Bassett. The acclaimed architect and designer reimagined corporate workspaces through her system of “total design,” which removed heavier drapes and desks and …
Tags: Google Chrome, Books, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Sweden, Medicine, Nasa, Artists, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Audio Books, Human body, Florence Knoll Bassett, Germ Communities


5 favorite books of Albert Einstein

Einstein had a large library and was a voracious reader.The famous physicist admitted that some books influenced his thinking.The books he preferred were mostly philosophical and scientific in nature. None Undoubtedly considered one of the brightest individuals who ever lived, Albert Einstein did not become so accomplished in a vacuum. The physicist learned from the best minds of the time, as is evidenced by his voracious appetite for reading and his extensive personal book collection.In "Einste...
Tags: Art, Books, Astronomy, Isis, Science, Education, Intelligence, History, Physics, Innovation, Philosophy, Albert Einstein, Einstein, Newton, Mach, Cervantes


Ancient civilizations' fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology." It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots. From Mayor's interview at Princeton University Press: Who first imagined the concept of robots? Most historians of science trace the first automa...
Tags: Post, Books, Science, News, Stanford, History, Artificial Intelligence, Pandora, Mythology, Robots, Classics, Ai, Princeton University Press, Jason, Folklore, Buddha


January linkfest

You’re probably heard of babies named after brands: Porsche, Chanel, Armani, and, lest we forget, Tiffany. Now the Baby Name Wizard blog tells us about three baby names from the 1980s and 1990s that were inspired by TV advertising. * On the other hand, you could name your offspring after a tech company or product. You wouldn’t be alone. (CNBC) * It’s the last call for words of the year for 2018: Lynne Murphy pronounces “MSM” the US-to-UK WotY and “whilst” its UK-to-US equivalent. (I ma...
Tags: Books, Politics, UK, Science, Design, Writing, Government, Advertising, Nbc News, US, Cnn, Beer, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Tsa, Word Of The Year


8 of the Coolest Details We Learned From Into the Spider-Verse's Sumptuous Art Book

Oscar-nominated Ray of Pure Joy and Light Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best superhero movies of all time. It’s a movie so visually stunning, that we just couldn’t wait to get our hands on its accompanying art book to learn just how one of the most inventive animated features of recent memory came to…Read more...
Tags: Art, Books, Science, Superlist, Marvel, Sony, Sony Pictures Animation, Titan Books, Spider Man, Zac Retz, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, Philip Lord, Alberto Mielgo, Shiyoon Kim, Marcelo Vignali, Vi Dieu Ngyuen


Nic Cage Is Getting Downright Lovecraftian for Color Out of Space 

One of Lovecraft’s most beloved short stories is being turned into a movie—and Nicolas Cage is on board to star.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Nicolas Cage, HP Lovecraft, SpectreVision, The Color Out of Space



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