"To achieve deep focus nowadays is also to have struck a blow against the dissipation of self; it is to have strengthened one’s essential position," writes Sven Birkerts.
"What's the difference between a frog, a chicken, a mouse and a human? Not as much as you'd think, according to an analysis of the first sequenced amphibian genome."
Have any memories of the May 1980 Mt. Saint Helens eruption? Send them in for Eruptions 30th anniversary commemoration.
"Arctic amplification" refers to the fact that the region is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet—and as ice warms, exposing more ocean water, the process naturally speeds up.
There is no single part of the human brain that gives it advanced language capabilities. Rather, humans rely on multiple parts of the brain to extract meaning from sentences.
Paul Krugman writes that the Greek crisis demonstrates the dangers of nations putting themselves in a "policy straitjacket."
"The term 'slow travel' is tied to a burgeoning movement to return to a time when life’s pleasures were savored, to a time when people appreciated the going as much as the getting there," writes Nancy Keates.
Plenty of people on Wall Street knew that a crash was coming—and that they responded by grabbing all the profit they could, writes Christopher Hayes. He thinks they should face criminal sanctions.
"The May 1 riots in Berlin's Kreuzberg district have become an annual ritual. ... Now an American anti-capitalist activist has started giving tours of the neighborhood's hot spots to foreign visitors."
La Santa Muerte, Holy Death, "is only one among several otherworldly figures Mexicans have been turning to as their country has been overwhelmed by every possible difficulty."
The Iceland eruptions continues producing ash and lava flows, Kilauea's east rift looks to be tapering off, videos of eruptions at Colima in Mexico and the latest USGS/SI report.
Magazine covers are "a wasteland of creativity" these days. Or so says legendary advertising and design guru George Lois. "Go to a newsstand today, there's not a memorable—forget about something being culturally, being a culture-buster—there's nothing there that you can possibly remember. ... They ...
Faulkner would sacrifice his grandmother for his fiction—Anne Lamott, however, would not. For writers who, like most of us, have the goods on their family and friends, "honest can be devastating"—which is why Lamott avoids scandalous memoirs or romans à clef. Still, the "Imperfect Birds" novelist is ...
On Monday, Republicans voted to prevent financial reform legislation from moving to the Senate floor for debate. The Democrats' motion to bring about cloture—which would end the Republicans filibuster of the bill—failed, with every Republican in the chamber voting against it. The Democrats were ...
Around the turn of the 20th century, if you were in the upper class in America, you’d have probably, at some point, sat down to a nice dinner of Diamond Terrapin turtle. The species, native to Alabama, was a sought-after delicacy then – now, after decades of industrial growth and commercial fishing ...