book reviews

Review: "Don't Read The Comments" is a delightful YA antidote to GamerGate

Review: "Don't Read The Comments" is a delightful YA antidote to GamerGate

Don't Read The Comments is the newest book by Eric Smith, a literary agent and author of The Geek's Guide To Dating and other books, as well as the owner of many adorable pets. (Full disclosure: Eric
'Uncanny Valley' and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

'Uncanny Valley' and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

Anna Wiener's memoir about her four-plus years working in startups never resolves the self-contradictions of her industry, city, or existence.
“The Crying Book” Reveals How Tears Can Help Us, and How They Can’t

“The Crying Book” Reveals How Tears Can Help Us, and How They Can’t

Katy Waldman reviews “The Crying Book,” by the poet Heather Christle, which examines the science, sociology, and history of weeping.
Taboo ‒ Transgression ‒ Transcendence in Art & Science

Taboo ‒ Transgression ‒ Transcendence in Art & Science

Free to download, the proceedings of the conference contain essays and visual documentation that explore the nature of the forbidden and the aesthetics of liminality in art that engages with

These Books Will Help You Understand the Relationship Between Human and Machine

People and machines can accomplish wonders when they understand each other—and create cataclysms when they don’t.

When the Present Becomes a William Gibson Sci-Fi Novel

This is your Data Sheet for Tuesday, December 17, 2019

When the Present Becomes a William Gibson Sci-Fi Novel

This is your Data Sheet for Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Guido van der Werve. Casually setting himself on fire, walking in front of an icebreaker and running from Warsaw to Paris

Guido van der Werve. Casually setting himself on fire, walking in front of an icebreaker and running from Warsaw to Paris

Setting himself on fire, walking in front of an icebreaker while the frozen water cracks behind him, going on a 1600 km triathlon from Warsaw to Paris, standing on the North Pole for 24 hours... Guido
How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing

How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing

Amitava Kumar writes about censorship and the work of the Indian writer Perumal Murugan, whose book “Poonachi” will be published in the U.S. this month as “The Story of a Goat.”
Do We Have Minds of Our Own?

Do We Have Minds of Our Own?

Meghan O’Gieblyn reviews new books by the neuroscientists Michael Graziano and Christof Koch, the novelist Tim Parks, and the cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, on the question of how to define
The face: a territory of cultural confrontation

The face: a territory of cultural confrontation

Investigating everything from historical mugshots to Instagram posts, Helfand examines how the face has been perceived and represented over time; how it has been instrumentalized by others; and how we
The Drone Chronicles 2001-2016

The Drone Chronicles 2001-2016

A duo of books explores how a technology born in a purely military context has found its place in every single aspect of our life
Top 10 Career Books to Help You Do Purpose-Driven, Passion-fueled Work

Top 10 Career Books to Help You Do Purpose-Driven, Passion-fueled Work

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Inside CERN. The prosaic dimension of particle physics

Inside CERN. The prosaic dimension of particle physics

The cutting-edge research is given a human face and even if we don’t fully understand the processes at work, the pictures allow us to perceive how in this world of the tiniest particles the biggest

‘Trailblazer’ Book Review: Business the Benioff Way

The Salesforce CEO and billionaire social warrior offers a powerful guide for making business better.
Saeed Jones’s Striking Memoir About Race, Sex, and Self-Invention

Saeed Jones’s Striking Memoir About Race, Sex, and Self-Invention

Katy Waldman writes on Saeed Jones’s new memoir, “How We Fight for Our Lives,” and its focus on Jones’s mother and his self-making.
Diagrams of Power: Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance

Diagrams of Power: Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance

The work of designers, artists, cartographers, geographers, researchers and activists who create diagrams to tell inconvenient stories that upset and resist the status quo
Top 10 Self-Help E-Books on Your Kindle That Will Turn Your Life Around

Top 10 Self-Help E-Books on Your Kindle That Will Turn Your Life Around

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