Tagged: words

The Preservation of Favoured Traces 0

The Preservation of Favoured Traces

Here’s a neat project by Ben Fry. It’s a visualization of the differences between the different editions of On the Origin of Species. It’s a little like the tools that programmers use to manage...


Age of Wonder

Richard Holmes has a new book called The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. It’s about an interesting period (1770 to 1830) in England when there...


Unreason in America

A lot of commentators are amazed by the way in which a lot of public discourse in the United States has become disconnected from reality recently. For an example, go check out this article...

Illusion of Accomplishment 0

Illusion of Accomplishment

Infinite Summer (which I mentioned earlier) is sort of an online book club which is reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest this summer. I don’t want to spoil the book if you haven’t read...

Ursonate 0


Ursonate is a sound poem written by Kurt Schwitters in the 20’s. This is a great performance of it by Jaap Blonk with really cool visuals by Golan Levin. Golan also did The Secret...

Angels & Demons 1

Angels & Demons

I kind of enjoyed The DaVinci Code. It seemed to be an above average airport book. So I went back and tried to read Angels & Demons. I think I only got about 10...

So Many Books 0

So Many Books

The Millions has a list of some of the books that are coming out this year. There are several I’m really looking forward to. There’s a new Richard Powers, a new Thomas Pynchon, and...

Poem for Today 0

Poem for Today

I don’t know how many people in the world want Legos, Greek science, and anagrams mixed with their poetry, but if you do, then The Great Order of the Universe by Christian Bök is...

Tom Swifties 2

Tom Swifties

It was a couple of weeks ago now, but this was our favorite Schott’s Vocab in recent memory.