When we think of reading in the Fall, our minds usually go to something in the genre of horror. Halloween is approaching and now is as good time as any to pick up some Stephen King right? For some of you, yes, this is the time to read Carrie or It, but for others, it might not be your cup of tea, or, it might just be too damn scary.
What do these titles have in common? They were some of the most banned books of last year.
The consensus among laypersons is that, of all the writing styles and genres, poetry is the most difficult to do well. Adding difficult and unpleasant subject matter to the mix makes writing poetry that much harder.
Germany offers diverse, interesting fare, both sweet and savory. There's no better time to try it out than Oktoberfest season. Which is now!
Nate's recent blog post about scientific literacy reminded me of something I'd wanted to write about since reading Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. I'd call it, for lack of a better term, "science in literature."
Science is pretty neat. It is what allows us to understand and navigate the world in a consistent, predictable way. Science is how we break big questions down into manageable components so we can evaluate the veracity of ideas. The general conception of science is that it is something that only happens in a laboratory setting and is practiced by highly trained and/or educated people.