Martin Fradley (Edge Hill): “Why Doesn’t Your Compass Work?”: Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantasy Blockbusters and Contemporary Queer Theory. From Hippocampus, an interview with Dinty W. Moore on creative nonfiction. A common faith: Marilynne Robinson looks to the stars for clues about our nature. An interview with Matthew White, author of The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities. The other side of freedom: The birth of life insurance is often tied to the birth of freedom, but the historical record tells a different story. Ink, Inc.: Is the ancient art of tattooing on the verge of a massive sellout? The image of the "creative type" is a myth: Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague's desk might be the key to your next big idea. Boy Scouts are from Mars, Girl Scouts are from Venus: Behind the khaki uniforms and the merit badges, the two organizations have vastly different political leanings. Is the editorial cartoonist dead? It is now officially OK to make World War II references.

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