We applauded last fall, when Penguin released a series of beautiful paperbacks, breathing new life into Great Ideas. We’re gushing all over again, now that the second series has arrived, with 20 more brilliant little books. (They arrived in discerning bookstores, like New York’s Three Lives & Co., last week.) The lovely lightweight volumes feature heavyweight thinkers — Hobbes and Hume, Confucius and Kierkegaard, Thoreau and … Marco Polo. My summer reading list just got a bit more substantial …
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A know-it-all gets another chance, JR quips with Stephen Colbert and a plan to give half the planet back to wildlife
Members of the TED community sure were busy this week. Below, some highlights: Legendary biologist E.O. Wilson has come out with a bold idea: that we set aside half of Planet Earth for wildlife. If we don’t, he warns, he sees us hurtling toward a “biological holocaust” that could send us the way of the […]
Strangers with cookies: How a TED Talk inspired college students to do a highly altruistic act during finals week
The McGregor Reading Room at the University of Virginia is sometimes referred to as the “Harry Potter Room.” All bookshelves, oriental carpets and chandeliers, the room earned its nickname for its posh look and the fact that it’s a favorite spot for studying. But last December, this room filled with a little real-life magic: the […]