David Small: Drawing From Life
David Small's graphic memoir, "Stitches," may not have won the National Book Award in Young People's Literature this year. But it did break new ground in a rapidly evolving medium, tweaking the old "comic books aren't just for kids" formula by showing that comic books can be for the smartest, most sophisticated kids. More importantly, it served as a cathartic act of self-analysis for an artist whose painful childhood had already demanded one round of therapy long ago.
In his Big Think interview, Small explained how drawing his abusive parents in "Stitches" helped humanize them and how he first came to draw in the first place. Happily married and now at the top of his profession, he's in a far better place these days; but he took time to share what still keeps him up at night.
- Some are concerned about the proliferation of space debris in Earth's orbit.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
- CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
- Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
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