The second part of Eruptions readers' recollections of the historic May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
I’m no TV critic. My best TV watching days were over twenty years ago. But a slot on my blog here might as well be reserved for my weekly thoughts on the new HBO show Treme, because it is one of the few times during the week that you will find me in front of the tube. This week’s episode, like the ...
Of late, I've been fascinated by the "back story" behind the creative process, especially with the factors that drive innovators to succeed with any creative project. With the re-release of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street album today and the upcoming release of the Stones in Exile ...
Peter Beinart writes that "particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal."
Adam Thirwell writes that despite all the geographical accidents to have befallen Central Europe, a cogent literature can still be defined and it turns out to be of very high quality.
An L.A. Times editorial argues that Major League Baseball should move its All Star game out of Phoenix in protest against Arizona's new immigration law.
Gary Becker and Richard Posner look at what created the housing market bubble of the previous decade and why financial institutions couldn't, or wouldn't, see it.
Dozens of new species including the Pinocchio Frog, Gargoyle-Faced Gecko and Strange Pigeon have been discovered in Indonesia's remote Foja Mountains on the island of New Guinea.
According to Einstein, the universe should be equal parts matter and anti-matter; in other words, we shouldn't exist, so why do we? Some physicists in Chicago may have the answer.
Frank Kermode tries to suss out what Eliot meant by having "a shudder" while reading, a standard by which Eliot defined good poetry and prose, such as in Tennyson's In Memoriam.
The Boston Globe finds a dangerous irony in Israel's decision to keep Noam Chomsky from speaking at a Palestinian University in the West Bank.
"What we're bequeathing our children is a childhood designed by lawyers," says Lenore Skenazy who thinks pedantic caution is replacing common sense.
Charles Krauthammer congratulates himself for independently reaching the same conclusion as the Attorney General on loosening Miranda rights when public safety is at risk.