A Call to Reawaken Great Literature
Publishing, like the rest of the world, is in crisis. But the world needs wise publishers—and wise novelists—more than ever. Those willing to take creative risks, on controversial issues and varying communication styles, would reawaken brilliant writing.
Banking on literature already popular elsewhere is less risky than cultivating new talent at home. But is risk a word which still applies to art in a time when the world is, or seems to be, falling apart?
Increasingly, the pressure for book publishers is to not think about the Long Tail but rather to feed the Short List. (The Short List is what we can all fit into our brains in the space of a day.) In David Gates’s measured review of Jonathan Littell’s new novel The Kindly Ones in the Times Book Review, he notes of Littell’s narrator that “his exquisitely mistuned consciousness seems a form of dandyism—a moral and spiritual luxury item in a world of devastation.”
The same could be said of literature generally in a time of economic despair—or panic. And yet, don’t the finest voices often rise in the crucible of crisis? Don’t we need to separate art from the market now more than ever? And if so, then don’t we need wise editors now more than ever? Only they can invest for the long run, and remind us that there will be time again for reading carefully—that some things, some writers, remain worth working hard to find, and working very hard to understand.
The Kindly One is 983 pages long. And the Kindly Ones says, not so subtly, Fuck you, Twitter. Some things take more time. And mind. Don’t rush.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Neuroscience is working to conquer some of the human body's cruelest conditions: Paralysis, brain disease, and schizophrenia.
- Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia.
- Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles.
- Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neuroscience that can effectively manage brain conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's, and may one day mitigate schizophrenia so people can live normal, independent lives.
As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.
- The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
- But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
- Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
A recent study gives new meaning to the saying "fake it 'til you make it."
- The study involves four experiments that measured individuals' socioeconomic status, overconfidence and actual performance.
- Results consistently showed that high-class people tend to overestimate their abilities.
- However, this overconfidence was misinterpreted as genuine competence in one study, suggesting overestimating your abilities can have social advantages.
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