After decades of unlimited wealth and power, Gadhafi’s on the run. Such a steep decline from rich to running can only incite the imagination. Salon.com got a slew of authors to imagine the intricacies of Gadhafi’s current reality. Steve Almond imagined the unrequited love story of Gadhafi and Condoleeza Rice....more
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Salon.com’s got an article on the correlation between mental illness and leaders—citing Winston Churchill and Hitler as examples. The topic of discussion is First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi’s book on the famous historical figures that showed signs of mental illness....more
“The book review page is an odd cultural territory, often inhabited by such hybrid creatures — unlike their contemporaries in other disciplines, where the lines between critic and artist are more pronounced.”
All readers are book critics, but disseminating literary opinions to the masses is only part of the job description for some of us....more
Some things automatically disgust us, while others are learned triggered from an emotional experience.
Salon.com is dabbling in some neuroscience, speaking with Daniel Kelly who is an assistant professor at Purdue University and the author of, Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust....more
Uh oh—here is the latest reason to be offended by normative gender divisions. The California Milk Processor Board has a new advertising campaign that focuses on the milk’s ability to alleviate PMS symptoms because of its vitamin D and calcium levels....more
When you’re playing host for your literary idol, there is a lot of opportunity for panic and embarrassment.
Wendy MacLeod recounts Jonathan Franzen’s visit to Kenyon, recalling her anticipatory anxieties, how to avoid sending out stalker-ish vibes, and what it’s like to be acutely aware of dining room acoustics....more
For those of us who relish in rarity, there is a limited supply of uncorrected proofs out there.
Among them is a “pad-bound” copy of Gabriel Garciá Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, which is fragilely constructed and very hard to find, a Canadian 1984 and other classics with frightening price tags....more
“If a high-schooler uses an off-campus computer to create offensive material that relates to his or her school life — writing nasty messages about school administrators or fellow students, for instance — is his or her speech still protected?”
The limits and freedoms of student speech has been called into question after two students were disciplined for using off-campus computers to create a mock MySpace profile of one a school official....more
Salon laid off six of its 29 editorial staffers last week in an effort–according to CEO Richard Gingras’ statement to Gawker–to become “more of a true Web publication.” According to Gingras, the layoffs are tied to a fall relaunch of the site and a redesign of its backend CMS....more