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honors | Apr 20th, 2011

Patti Smith, the Godmother of Punk, Makes the TIME 100

Patti Smith, one of the most singular American artists of our generation, has been named to the TIME 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Patti first captured — or, more accurately, demanded — the world’s attention with 1975’s Horses, an emotionally raw, visceral, and... Continue Reading →
inside autism | Apr 13th, 2011

John Elder Robison's Advice to Young Aspergians

John Elder Robison didn't know he had Asperger's syndrome until he was forty years old -- an astonishing story he told in his New York Times bestseller, Look Me in the Eye. Now, with his new book, Be Different, one of the world's foremost Aspergians returns with a collection of personal stories... Continue Reading →
on language | Apr 12th, 2011

Illustrating Steven Pinker: What We Say Vs. What We Mean

In this new YouTube video, Steven Pinker uses a seemingly normal sentence as a jumping off point for a provocative and deeply funny lecture about how language offers a window into human nature. (The sentence is, “If you could pass the guacamole, that would be awesome.”) The speech comes alive,... Continue Reading →
sustainability | Apr 6th, 2011

The Poor Pay the Most for Free Water: Charles Fishman's Big Thirst

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Charles Fishman’s eagerly awaited book, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, which he’s been researching and writing for the last few years. We’ve been passing a pale green galley of it around the office for the last month — it’s an... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Apr 4th, 2011

David Eagleman: Why Our Legal System Needs Neuroscience

In an article in today’s Daily Telegraph, David Eagleman — acclaimed neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain — tackled the issue of neuroscience and its role in the legal system. The central issue lies with the assumption that all people are “practical reasoners”... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 31st, 2011

With Incognito, David Eagleman Proves Himself a 'Brilliant Scientist with a Gift for Gab.'

After releasing his last book, Why the Net Matters, as an iPad app, neuroscientist David Eagleman returns to traditional publishing with his latest book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. “Most of what you do, think, act and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no... Continue Reading →
live appearances | Mar 31st, 2011

A Meeting of Wits: Chuck Klosterman and Craig Finn, Live in Minnesota, April 15

Among the two of them, pop culture journalist Chuck Klosterman and singer Craig Finn have produced some of the funniest, freshest, and most quotable writing of the last decade. Klosterman, in bestselling books such as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and Finn, as lyricist for beloved indie band The... Continue Reading →
middle east | Mar 30th, 2011

'The People Have Lost Their Fear.' Salman Rushdie on the Middle East

“This is not a religious revolution,” Salman Rushdie said last month during a speech at Emory University, where he is a  Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. “It’s a secular revolution.” He was referring to the social change sweeping countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, and Bahrain,... Continue Reading →
television | Mar 23rd, 2011

John Elder Robison Profiled on Science Channel's Ingenious Minds

John Elder Robison, Lavin speaker and author of Look Me in the Eye, was recently profiled on an episode of Science Channel’s Ingenious Minds – a show that explores the lives of savants. Robison was born with Asperger’s syndrome (but wasn’t diagnosed until age forty), a type of autism that is... Continue Reading →
speaker review | Mar 22nd, 2011

Patti Smith Performs and Reads from Just Kids in New York City

The legendary Patti Smith performed last month in New York, where she read from her book Just Kids and played some of her most famous songs to a packed house at the 92nd St. Y. In a special live show, Smith alternated between reading from the National Book Award winning memoir, musing about life... Continue Reading →
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