Monthly Archives: February 2017

Essayist Phillip Lopate returns to exploration of family

Parents are complicated. Over a lifetime, children watch them transition from the infallible arbiters of childhood into the frail collection of ailments endemic to old age. Phillip Lopate’s mother was an exceptionally complicated person. Two decade ago, Lopate interviewed her … Continue reading

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The surprising inspiration for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World

Imagine you’re a painter. Beyond needing natural talent, hard work, and technique, how do you find a subject? If you’re Andrew Wyeth, creator of the famous 1948 painting Christina’s World (below), you get lucky, kind of, in that your subject … Continue reading

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Matthew Sullivan: How learning about the ocean’s tiniest creature helps humans

Ever wonder how many kinds of fish are in the sea? That’s easy compared to the task for the¬†international Tara Oceans Expedition: what¬†kinds of microorganisms infect those fish and other marine life? The three-year mission of Tara was to sample … Continue reading

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Jonathan Byrd: From bed springs to the world’s stages

Ever lie under a bed as a kid, hiding from adults or siblings, looking for something to do? Jonathan Byrd did. But unlike many other kids, he started to play the bed springs, one weird ‘”plonk” after another in a … Continue reading

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The Prometheus Protocol

Ever listen to a meditation or relaxation recording and wonder, “What do they really tell me while I’m relaxing? What if it’s something bad? How do I know I can trust being relaxed?” Yeah, maybe I’m a little paranoid. I … Continue reading

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