| Oct 24, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Writers have always had a problematic relationship with money, never more so than in this increasingly freelance economy. Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin have launched Scratch magazine -- which defines itself as a site about the intersection of writing...
| Aug 1, 2013
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?
I'd love to spend a day with John Updike in his prime, when he was cranking out poems, essays, short stories, and wonderful novels like Rabbit is Rich, just to see how he did it. (When I mentioned this...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
| Dec 1, 2013
A pop-up book and a smartphone prop. A pretty little poncho and a sturdy, stylish tripod. A comfy new pillow and a little lamb that lulls you to sleep. These are some of the finds that just might wind up on your wish list — or your shopping list for...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Sex that compares to supernovas, solar systems, quarks and atomic nuclei? Oh my.
Such is the (possibly over-)heated prose of UMBC professor Manil Suri, whose literary description of the sexual act in his novel "The City of Devi" was so overwhelming in...
| Dec 15, 2013
Here at the editorial board of The Sun, we like to give Columbia a little good-natured ribbing from time to time. James Rouse's planned community has gotten enough critical accolades in the national press since its opening in 1967 — for its...
| Apr 11, 2014
In his new biography, "Updike," Adam Begley examines John Updike's life and work from childhood to Harvard, his stint at The New Yorker to his newfound notoriety after the publication of his racy 1968 novel, "Couples." Begley follows Updike through two...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Things get small — really small — in this week’s episode of "Cosmos," which tackles the unseen universe at the atomic scale, from the teeming ecosystem inside a single dewdrop and the intricate machinery inside a plant’s cells,...
| Feb 21, 2014
This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:43 PM
In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title.
| May 25, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Like many artists before her, Lisa Su has found inspiration from the intricate patterns and textures found in nature: the red seeds from the inside of a pomegranate, barnacles adhering to a rock.
Yet the materials she uses are not beautiful or intricate....