Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan's Ultimate Mix Tape. Sometimes you find a good Valentine’s Day story where you least expect it, like in this NPR piece about the romance between that geeky yet engaging stargazer Carl Sagan and a co-worker, Ann Druyan. Their trip to the altar was simply cosmic.
Chasing the king of chess. Journalist Peter Nicholas has long been obsessed with the flamboyant world chess king, Bobby Fischer. With his journalist wife he launched a quest to better understand the enigmatic and controversial Fischer who abandoned the game when he was literally at the top of his game. What they learned about Fischer and his family history was shocking, as this story shows.
Vincent Van Gogh: The letters. Over 900 letters between one of the world’s all-time greatest artists and others from 1872 to 1990 are available for viewing and reading online from the web site of the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.
In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide. In 1963, Nancy Rappaport's mother committed suicide. Just four years old at the time, Nancy grew up bewildered about why her mother took her own life and left her behind. Years later, Rappaport, now an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, began to investigate her mother's life and the mysteries surrounding her death. This book is the result.
Vintage Ad Browser. Do you like looking at old print advertising? This site has more than 100,000 of them. They’re listed by categories and decades, making it easy to browse.
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