You Should Read This for August 28, 2016

You should read this for 8/28/2016: Harvey Mudd College took on gender bias and now more than half its computer-science majors are women How Twitter Got Angry: “Twitter is suffering from a systemic harassment problem. This isn’t news—it’s been written about over and over again, and has become a trope…

Elsewhere for August 21 2016

You should read this for 8/21/2016: Stark New Evidence on How Money Shapes America’s Elections New evidence showing that the more you spend, the more you get — and the more money and wealth shape policy. How looting in Iraq unearthed the treasures of Gilgamesh Missing text for Gilgamesh recovered when an…

Elsewhere for August 14, 2016

Barack Obama accuses Donald trump of founding The Village People Autism, OCD and Attention Deficit May Share Brain Markers Print your own high-quality topographic map from National Geographic (via Life Hacker) Earliest population of America not through Bering Land Bridge In a research study published in Nature “researchers conclude that…

Elsewhere for August 7, 2016

You should read this for 8/7/2016: Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You!“I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.” For the love of stuff: I am my things and my things are…

Elsewhere for July 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton Helped Me Realize That Powerful Women Deserve Love Trump: Clinton should have congratulated me for making history Nature published a Neolithic DNA study revealing “three genetically distinct farming populations living in the Near East at the dawn of agriculture 12,000 to 8,000 years ago: two newly described groups…

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A. M. Dellamonica, Child of a Hidden Sea

Cover of A. M. Dellamonica's Child of A Hidden Sea showing a tall ship's sail behind a woman wearing swashbuckling clothes and a man

Sophie Hansa is a twenty-something videographer living in San Francisco, a much-loved adopted child with a younger (briliant) brother. She’s a child of privilege in that her parents can help her with college and travel; she’s a partially-trained biologist, an all-but-thesis grad student. She’s also been seeking her birth mother,…

Sara Kasdan, Love and Knishes

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Sara Kasdan’s Love and Knishes is both a cultural guide, and a cookbook. Sara Kasdan’s much guide to traditional Jewish cooking (illustrated by Louis Slobodin) first appeared in 1956. The book was rapidly reprinted as it proved strikingly popular with Jews and non-Jews alike who wanted to know how to make…

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, Eds. The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Art of The Lord of the Rings is a magnificent book. Published to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, this collection of Tolkien’s art was edited by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, the top-notch Tolkien scholars previously responsible for The Art of The Hobbit, among…

Samuel Fromartz, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey

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I was intrigued by the basic premise of Samuel Fromartz’ book In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey. An experienced journalist with a weighty list of credits, Fromartz got That Call in late 2008. The economy was in a downward spiral and he lost two major long term gigs…