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Two Mommies

over 4 years ago

The New Republic reviews “Heather Has Two Mommies,” one of the first books aimed at young children to tackle the taboo of depicting same-sex partners as parents.


Space Blast

over 4 years ago

New research suggests that a large space rock exploded over Antarctica thousands of years ago, leaving a scattering of tiny meteoric particles and a layer of extraterrestrial dust.

Waq al-Waq

'Urf, again

over 4 years ago

It has been just under a month since I made the decision to drastically reduce my posts - one a month, or so - and while I'm still trying to figure out what do with Waq al-waq and while I had a spare ten minutes I thought it would A.) be nice to see if the blogging muscles still worked and B ...

As I Please

Michael Foot: An Appreciation

over 4 years ago

Michael Foot, orator extraordinaire, Parliamentarian, journalist and bibliophile. Michael Foot, radical, internationalist and Socialist, has passed away at the very grand old age of 96, and rarely can it be said with such certainty that we shall not see his like again. He died, peacefully in his ...

Mind Matters

Adopting an Orphan is Humane. Also Simiane.

over 4 years ago

"I would lay down my life for two brothers or eight cousins," said the British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane, neatly summarizing the theory of "kin selection": To predict how much one person will sacrifice for another, it says, just look at the percentage of genes they inherited from a common ancestor ...

Think, See, Feel

Say It, Jason Epstein

over 4 years ago

Jason Epstein thought of Amazon before Jeff Bezos. Or at least, he understood the concept: the necessity, and power, of making the world’s backlist available at all times. Epstein’s uniquely revolutionary presence in publishing belies the bias that editors are English majors who don’t read the ...