Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Jon Stewart and the Burden of History (“Now, you have to understand Jon Stewart is just like everybody else: He can be a dick.”)
- The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills (“Laotian immigrants of the 1980s were in some sense killed by their powerful cultural belief in night spirits.”)
Blog Headline of the Week
- Award-winning children’s book on evolution can’t find U.S. publisher because topic of evolution is too controversial.
- The BBC is running and has available as a podcast an eight-hour dramatization of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate (which I set aside a while ago because of review books and to which I haven’t had a chance to return). (via)
- The most amazing space pictures of 2011
- How ’bout that? We’re entering the 11th year of a “national emergency.”
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
Carl Rowan, American Libraries, Feb. 1995