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Bungling the Bubba Investigation

Posted 5/4/2012 in Book Reviews

Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters (William Morrow) by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles shows the case is still important.

The Human History of a Famous Portrait

Posted 5/1/2012 in Book Reviews

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Knopf) by Anne-Marie O'Connor is a study of big slices of twentieth century history.

Bridging Robots and Fish

Posted 4/27/2012 in Book Reviews

In Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology (Basic Books), John Long tells how to make robot fish, and what it means to do so.

A Broken System

Posted 4/23/2012 in Book Reviews

Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong (Knopf) by Raymond Bonner shows flaws in our way of administering capital justice.

For the Love of the Bard

Posted 4/18/2012 in Book Reviews

Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press) by Michael Dobson gives the history of how amateurs kept Shakespeare in performance.

The Influences Leading Up to Today's Graphics

Posted 4/16/2012 in Book Reviews

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design (Lawrence King Publishing) by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne has good graphics to show a history of graphics.

Circles, Squares, and Humans Intersecting

Posted 4/11/2012 in Book Reviews

In Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image (The Free Press) Toby Lester gives the history of a famous drawing's ideas.

Making the Printed Word Legible and Readable

Posted 4/9/2012 in Book Reviews

Type Matters!: Simple Tips for Everyday Typography (Merrell Publishers) by Jim Williams gives the basics on how to lay out a page.

The Life, Not the Death, of a Hollywood Pioneer

Posted 4/7/2012 in Book Reviews

Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer (The University Press of Kentucky) by Brian Taves rescues an early Hollywood innovator from a phony scandal around his death.

The Great Voltaire Entertains and Enlightens

Posted 4/3/2012 in Book Reviews

A new translation of Pocket Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire from Oxford University Press


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