Majestic and misunderstood: new in bookstores

The image on the cover of Thomas P. Peschak's "Sharks & People" is breathtaking ... and a little bit enigmatic. What do I mean by enigmatic? Is the kayaker, who's paddling in the sea of Japan, the subject of that 11-foot Great White's appetite or curiosity? Anyone, of course, would freak out if they were … Continue reading Majestic and misunderstood: new in bookstores

Hmmm…just curious: new in bookstores

Philip Ball is a writer to be envied -- he's a non-affiliated academic who ranges far and wide wherever his curiosity takes him. In the case of his new book, curiosity holds up a mirror to itself -- and to all of Western civilization. With Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything (University of Chicago … Continue reading Hmmm…just curious: new in bookstores

Timely and timeless: Virgil’s translator

I'm not trying to be morbid -- but I do tend to think of the health and welfare of George R.R. Martin a lot, and I'm sure that plenty of other fans of "A Song of Ice and Fire" do, too. Just go over to YouTube and you'll find a music video by the team … Continue reading Timely and timeless: Virgil’s translator