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  • 'Cosmos' recap: Deeper and deeper still

    'Cosmos' recap: Deeper and deeper still
    Things get small — really small — in this week’s episode of "Cosmos," which tackles the unseen universe at the atomic scale, from the teeming ecosystem inside a single dewdrop and the intricate machinery inside a plant’s cells, to the subatomic particles at the heart of a giant exploding star.
  • Bookslut launches the Daphne award: What's the best book of 1963?

    Bookslut launches the Daphne award: What's the best book of 1963?
    In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title. "Book awards,...

    'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing

     'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing
    Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...

    Scratch magazine launches, lands Jonathan Franzen interview

    Scratch magazine launches, lands Jonathan Franzen interview
    Writers have always had a problematic relationship with money, never more so than in this increasingly freelance economy. Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin have launched Scratch magazine -- which defines itself as a site about the intersection of writing...

    Holiday gifts to fuel that wanderlust

    Holiday gifts to fuel that wanderlust
    A pop-up book and a smartphone prop. A pretty little poncho and a sturdy, stylish tripod. A comfy new pillow and a little lamb that lulls you to sleep. These are some of the finds that just might wind up on your wish list — or your shopping list for...