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Book review: Monsters of River and Rock: My Life as Iron Maiden’s Compulsive Angler, by Adrian Smith
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If you are like me—and based on how search algorithms work, you probably are a little bit like me—you may not know Iron Maiden from Megadeath. Let's just assume that 80s metal is an amorphous blob or guitar noises, bright lights, and smoke machines in your brain. You

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Book review: Luster, a Novel, by Raven Leilani
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Certain books make you uncomfortable from page 1. Luster by Raven Leilani is one such book and, by way of proof, here are some gems from that first page: "The first time we have sex, we are both fully clothed, at our desks during working hours, bathed in blue computer

Elizabeth
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Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
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Greenlights, the first book by Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, is filled with memorable vignettes from his 50-year life (most of which are hilarious), his poetry (entertaining), and bumper stickers (ok fine).

Elizabeth
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The Robots Are Coming: Grappling with Our AI Future
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A superintelligent computer seizing control of the world's nuclear arsenal. Robots for every human need, from housecleaning to filing your taxes. A dystopian future in which social scores determine who you marry, what job you get, and where you live. These may sound like plots for this year's top science

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Book Review: Birth of a Theorem by Cédric Villani
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Have you ever thought about your ideal guest list for the best dinner party imaginable? One with never-ending conversation on a range of topics? Mine would include several favorite authors and artists. However, no truly amazing dinner party would be complete without a cohort of mathematicians (and a few physicists,

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What Happens When We Read Like David Bowie
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Our minds are the sum of what we absorb from our environment, who we surround ourselves with, and how we choose to spend our days. We aren't what we eat; we are what we read, see, hear, smell, do, and eat. Each human mind is the totality of one flesh

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Book Review: Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas
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Ah, the coming of age adventure memoir - one of my favorite genres. Ken Illgunas's book Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom shares plot points with others in the genre: boy becomes disillusioned with modern American society and disdains the 9 to 5 cubicle grind.

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Book Review: The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
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Bananas, it turns out, don't grow on trees, but instead are large herbs and are best classified as berries. The plant, which is actually a tall grass, can grow - from a cutting and not a seed - twenty inches in twenty-four hours. The banana we eat in the United

Elizabeth
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