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Retreat from a Rising Sea

Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey Columbia University Press What’s going with our planet’s climate is going to make the bursting of the real … Continue reading

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Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century

Featuring: Jim Rimmer Director: Richard Kegler Studio: P22 Type Foundry DVD release: 15 April 2011 Runtime: 90 min. (1 disc) Format: Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC DVD Features: Audio tracks (English), Subtitles (English), bonus features on making metal type and … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

The universe, why does she purr and growl and spit and coo the way she does? “Like the eye,” Leonard Susskind writes in The Cosmic Landscape, “the special properties of the physical universe are so surprisingly fine-tuned that they demand … Continue reading

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Naked Lunch: 50th Anniversary Edition

You enter the moment of the “naked lunch” when you realize just what that is quivering at the end of your fork. We’ve been staring at that living, gelatinous mass for 50 years now – and we still don’t know … Continue reading

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Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, Twentieth Anniversary Edition Greil Marcus; Belknap Press/Harvard University Press; paperback ;496 pages; Nov. 2009 “The music came forth as a no that became a yes, then a no again, then again a yes:” and … Continue reading

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver; Harper Collins, 2007; Cloth, $26.95 A third of the world’s fossil fuel habit goes to supporting agriculture. Though that’s not the reason for the rise … Continue reading

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The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Penguin; paperback; 487 pp; Jan. 2005 The Shadow of the Wind is a dream date for those who love books. It starts, in 1945, with the introduction of the young narrator, Daniel, to the Cemetery of Forgotten … Continue reading

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The Plot to Save Socrates

Paul Levinson; Tor Books; hardcover; 272 pages; Feb. 2006 Socrates said he knew nothing but, even so, he was the smartest guy in Athens. Apparently a lot of Athenians found that amusing—at least for a while. Eventually, though, he got … Continue reading

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Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures

Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures ed. by Charles Hayes; Penguin Books; paperback; 492 pages; Oct. 2000 Wild colors. Weird sounds. Sensations of the presence of the divine. An acute feeling of the presence of a demon. The range … Continue reading

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Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

Charles Baxter: Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction Saint Paul, MN: Greywolf Press, 1997. $15.00 paper (ISBN 1-55597-270-5), 245 pages. Reviewed by Brian Charles Clark Novelist, short-story writer, self-described former poet, and creative writing teacher Charles Baxter has a … Continue reading

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