Weekly Geekery


The big bad wolf’s name is Big Data.

Michael Chabon messes with our memories.

Snape was always a little crabby

Thin-skinned and living between grains of sand: our ancestors.

Cormac McCarthy and the math of uncertainty.


Logo art by Max Winter.

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 →