From 3:AM, Max Dunbar on The Great Underground Myth: Why self publishing doesn’t work (and a response). New books from old, turning classics into comics: Graphic novel adaptations of classic and contemporary prose works have surged in the past few years. Rich Cohen on what to wear to sell a book. From THES, free, immediate and permanently available research results for all — that's what the open-access campaigners want — unsurprisingly, the subscription publishers disagree; and books are essential tools of the scholarly trade, but Matthew Reisz meets some people whose relationship with texts goes beyond close reading. Steve Haber on how the death of print doesn't have to mean the death of publishing. Steal these books: At independent bookstores, thieves are more likely to be following Abbie Hoffman than the Ten Commandments (and more). The 2110 Club: What books published in the past 10 to 15 years might still be read a century from now? Google versus Publishers, the Sequel: Can’t everyone just get along? Apparently not, and here’s why. The literate burglar: Allison Hoover Bartlett on the curious psyche of a rare-book thief. As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience, what about reading? Long thought lost to ruthless commercialism, some recent publishing triumphs suggest editors could be making a welcome comeback. Biblio Tech: The public library takes browsing back from Chapters. From Spotify to Bookify: How playlists could revolutionize the books market. A study finds rumors of written-word death have been greatly exaggerated.


From M/C Journal, a special issue on Cultures of Disclosure, including Nick Muntean and Anne Helen Petersen (Texas): Celebrity Twitter: Strategies of Intrusion and Disclosure in the Age of Technoculture; Christine Lohmeier (Rotterdam): Disclosing the Ethnographic Self; Jenny Lawson (Leeds): Food Confessions: Disclosing the Self through the Performance of Food; Luis Carlos Sotelo-Castro (Northampton): Participation Cartography: The Presentation of Self in Spatio-Temporal Terms; and Donna Lee Brien (CQU): Disclosure in Biographically-Based Fiction: The Challenges of Writing Narratives Based on True Life Stories. A review of I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era by William Knoedelseder. L.L. Zamenhof and the Shadow People: Esther Schor on the amazing story of how Esperanto came to be. From Foreign Affairs, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is not the powerful anti-Western bloc it appeared to be a few years ago — the organization should deliver some tangible accomplishments before the West rushes to condemn or cooperate with it; and a review of books on foreign reporting. Gregory McNamee on the top 10 post-Apocalyptic films, from A Boy and his Dog to the Mad Max trilogy. David Brooks hands out the Sidney Awards for the best magazine essays of the year (and part 2). Simon Winchester on the case against the new year: Midnight revelry amounts to sheer malarkey. Here's The Noughtie List, a list of all the "best ofs" from the 2000s. Tony Judt on suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease: "My nights are intriguing; but I could do without them".

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From THES, a review of No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale by Felice C. Frankel and George M. Whitesides (and an excerpt). A review of Living at Micro Scale: The Unexpected Physics of Being Small by David B. Dusenbery. New microscope reveals the shape of atoms: Improved field-emission microscope images electron orbitals, confirming their theoretical shapes. Superheavy Element 114 Ununquadium's synthesis confirmed, dashes hopes of "island of stability". It was a pleasant surprise to chemists at Oregon State University when they created a new, durable and brilliantly blue pigment by accident. A review of The Chemical Choir: A History of Alchemy by P. G. Maxwell-Stuart. The Genetic Science Learning Center
shows the relative sizes of very small objects, from a coffee bean to a carbon atom. National Geographic has produced a map of every space exploration in the last 50 years. From New Scientist, an article on building a second sun: Take $10 billion, add coconuts. A look at how Venus died and why Earth survives. From Wired, a special report on Plutomania. From Popular Mechanics, a look at the 9 wildest exoplanets ever spotted (and more). From Scientific American, astronomers are beginning to uncover nearby "Super-Earths"; and looking for life in the multiverse: Universes with different physical laws might still be habitable. The video "The Known Universe" takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. How long is time?: The cosmos was already nearly 10 billion years old when our Sun was born, yet we're still quite a young universe.


From TLS, a review essay on the globalization of religion: Dawkins, plurotheism and future of religion in the global market. Believers have got into a tangle trying to fend off the likes of Richard Dawkins — and then there’s the problem of the horticultural parable. An essay on sexuality and mourning in American Catholicism. Jesus in the eyes of Josephus: Is the passage about Jesus by the great Jewish historian a forgery or authentic? A review of Writing the Rapture: Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America by Crawford Gribben. Ada Calhoun on being a closet Christian: In her circle, nothing is more embarrassing than being religious. Winning not just hearts but minds: Evangelicals move, slowly, toward the intellectual life. The first chapter from The Religious Left and Church-State Relations by Steven H. Shiffrin. A review of Judas: A Biography by Susan Gubar. From CT, an article on John Calvin, comeback kid: Why the 500-year-old Reformer retains an enthusiastic following today (and more). Can science explain religion?: H. Allen Orr reviews The Evolution of God by Robert Wright. An interview with James V. Schall, author of The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical and Political Essays. A review of The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures by Nicholas Wade. Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? Resolving the dispute over authorship of the ancient manuscripts could have far-reaching implications for Christianity and Judaism. Alan Wolfe reviews Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren by Jeffrey L. Sheler. On being an "Ultra-Catholic": Catholics are the one group about which no one has to speak accurately.

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