Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:44 am
To be or not to be? You decide.
Shakespeare's most famous question appears in Hamlet, but now readers will get to answer it themselves with Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, a "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style rewrite of Shakespeare's classic play.
Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:40 am
In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes that, five years after the financial crisis, it's as hard as ever to figure out whether the financial industry is healthy. Here's an excerpt.
On Thursday, April 18th, three days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI released photos of two suspects.
Very early Friday morning, on the website Reddit, someone posted side-by-side photos of the second suspect and Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old Brown University student who had been missing since March 16.
Reddit users speculated that Tripathi might be the younger bomber.
This month, NPR's Backseat Book Club goes snooping in Nikki Maxwell's "private and confidential" Dork Diaries. But the secret's already gotten out; the series launched four years ago, and there are already 12 million books in print in 34 different languages. The sixth in the series — Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker — was just published in June.
Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:08 am
Today I'd like to go back to a topic that leaves most people perplexed, me included: the nature of consciousness and how it "emerges" in our brains. I wrote about this a few months ago, promising to get back to it. At this point, no scientist or philosopher in the world knows how to answer it. If you think you know the answer, you probably don't understand the question:
Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:14 am
A college classmate asked me, "Where are you from?"
I gave him the long answer: I was born in Guatemala, but my mother is from Nicaragua, and I have lived in the U.S. my whole life.
"So, you're Guatemalan," he said. No, I'm not.
I may have been born in Guatemala, but I was raised in Florida. Regardless of the fact that I have lived in the U.S. since I was 2 years old, most Americans would find it strange to hear my grandma occasionally call me media gringa -- a half-gringa.