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An Illustrated Visualization of What Happens on Earth in a Single Second
An Illustrated Visualization of What Happens on Earth in a Single Second

What a whale’s song has to do with the Helios II satellite and the beat of the pigmy shrew’s heart.

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Christopher Hitchens: “One should try to write as if posthumously.”
Christopher Hitchens: “One should try to write as if posthumously.”

Hitch on death, public opinion, and freedom from inhibition.

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Introducing Book Pickings: A Visual Bookshelf
Introducing Book Pickings: A Visual Bookshelf

A bookshelf of discovery for the visual bibliophile.

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Umberto Eco on Lists and Making Infinity Comprehensible
Umberto Eco on Lists and Making Infinity Comprehensible

What Don Giovanni’s lovers have to do with the poetics of catalogues.

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The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011
The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011

What it means to be human, how pronouns are secretly shaping our lives, and why we believe.

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Annie Dillard on Winter and the Wonder of Life
Annie Dillard on Winter and the Wonder of Life

“The wind won’t stop, but the house will hold.”

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