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Goethe, book reviews, and why you shouldn’t use TripAdvisor.

The brother-figures of bear conservation.

Barack Obama talks brain-bots and “chasing the unicorn.”

Meet your future neighbors: oysters.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and 19th-century fatal fashion.


Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →