The podictionary word of the week is “spa”.
Rab Houston, author of ‘Scotland: A Very Short Introduction’ looks at why Scottish devolution has worked.
Anatoly’s November gleanings.
Test your literary skills with our anecdotes quiz.
James Hall looks at Titian’s Diana and Actaeon.
Ben’s place of the week is Batman, Turkey.
As we approach the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth, I’d like to take a moment to commemorate the anniversary of the death of another great, though under-appreciated biologist; Richard Goldschmidt, one of the preeminent geneticists of the 20th century, who died 50 years ago at the age of 80.
Elvin Lim looks at change.
A look at how traditional medicine has led to some of our most important modern drugs.
This year, authors Joshua Ferris, Jonathan Franzen, Francine Prose, Mary Gaitskill and Jim Shepard (former National Book Award Fiction Finalists) selected a young fiction writer “who they found particularly promising.” They chose Matthew Eck, Keith Gessen, Sana Krasikov, Nam Le, and Fiona Maazel.
What Rebecca has been reading.
Gordon Thompson looks at the White Album.
Ammon Shea wonders about our fear of reference books.
Harm de Blij reflects on the importance of National Geography Awareness Week.
The podictionary word of the week is “doctor.”
An excerpt from The Oxford Book of Death.