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book reviews | Jan 10th, 2011

Maureen Dowd Calls Patti Smith's Memoir, Just Kids, "Achingly Beautiful"

Lavin speaker Patti Smith, as I’m sure you’ve heard, won the 2010 National Book Award for Non-Fiction in November. In her acceptance speech, Patti implored us to not give up on the book as a physical object: “There is nothing in our material world more beautiful.” Patti won for Just Kids, a memoir... Continue Reading →
microbiology | Dec 16th, 2010

Can This Man Stop the Next AIDS? The New Yorker Profiles Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe is working to thwart the next worldwide pandemic before it strikes. This week, The New Yorker profiles Wolfe as part of its 2010 World Changers issue. (Nathan was also a 2009 Rolling Stone Agent of Change—you can start to see a pattern emerge.) According to The New Yorker, Nathan looks... Continue Reading →
innovation | Dec 15th, 2010

John Maeda: Art + Science = Innovation

We stumbled upon some of John Maeda’s classic design work today, over at Fast Company. One of the world’s most famous designers, and ever prescient, John’s been preaching some form of “design thinking” for many years now. As a keynote speaker, and as President of the Rhode Island School of Design,... Continue Reading →
microbiology | Dec 14th, 2010

Nathan Wolfe: We Don't Know Enough

Humans know very little about most of the natural world, says Nathan Wolfe. But this isn’t a cause for concern. It should be seen as a call to arms for further discovery. Here’s Nathan, in an exclusive Lavin video, wrapping up one of his typically fantastic speeches, imploring the young scientists... Continue Reading →
honors | Dec 12th, 2010

Daron Acemoglu is the 88th Most Influential Thinker on the Planet

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu has been named to Foreign Policy’s list of 100 Global Thinkers, for “showing that freedom is about more than markets.” In their write-up, the FP editors stop just short of saying he will one day win a Nobel — a not unlikely outcome given that he’s already won the John... Continue Reading →
kwame anthony appiah: | Dec 9th, 2010

Kwame Anthony Appiah: "Why I Nominated Liu Xiaobo"

In Oslo today, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to writer Liu Xiaobo, who was unable to attend the ceremonies due to his ongoing imprisonment by the Chinese government. An empty chair sat on stage, pointedly, representing his absence. Below is an excerpt from a much-circulated letter that... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 9th, 2010

Why The Net Matters: David Eagleman Releases Latest Book as iPad App

Non-fiction fans, you knew this day was coming. And now it’s here. David Eagleman — novelist, neuroscientist, and Lavin speaker — has written his new book, Why the Net Matters: How the Internet Will Save Civilization, as an iPad-only app. Mind-blowing video demo above. Continue Reading →
novels | Dec 9th, 2010

Chuck Klosterman Calls Jonathan Franzen the Most (the Only) Important Living Novelist in America

Chuck Klosterman may be the most underrated profile writer in America. (Though maybe he’s properly rated.) Regardless, here’s another winner: a GQ profile of Jonathan Franzen that, like most of his writing, slowly expands to include a plethora of other subjects, including what it feels like to live... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Dec 8th, 2010

Steven Pinker Has His Genome Sequenced, Writes One of 2010's Best Essays

Would you bare your soul for science? Steven Pinker did. Literally. As part of a wide-ranging story on consumer genetics that he wrote for The New York Times Magazine, Pinker allowed his genome to be sequenced — with the results later posted on the Internet! A Harvard psychologist and Lavin keynote... Continue Reading →
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