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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 →
book reviews | Mar 30th, 2011

Lev Grossman Profiles David Foster Wallace's The Pale King in TIME Magazine

In this week’s Time magazine, leading book critic Lev Grossman looks at the creation of David Foster Wallace’s hugely anticipated posthumous novel, The Pale King. With piercing insight, Grossman’s piece does double duty, serving as both a book review and an in depth look at David Wallace (“his... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Mar 8th, 2011

David Eagleman's Sum: A Deceptively Slim Mash-Up of Science, Faith and Literary Fiction

“I’ve never encountered a book quite like the marvelously intelligent and imaginative Sum,” writes Laura Grace Weldon over at Wired’s Geek Dad blog. The sentiment is enormously kind — and spot on. Written by rambunctious neuroscientist David Eagleman over the course of seven years, Sum is a unique... Continue Reading →
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 →