William Gibson talks to Sam Leith at the Guardian about how he got into writing science fiction, how his breakout novel Neuromancer was possible because he knew nothing about computers, the subtle, yet striking similarities that make London and Toyko great settings for his work, and the fact that even in science fiction, you’re lost without your phone charger.
A first-century fragment of the Book of Mark, Hobby Lobby, dissolved mummy masks, an Oxford professor named Obbink: manuscript nerds unite, this one’s a doozy.
Each snowmaking machine uses around the same energy as a boiler in a family home — but are they the answer to saving our retreating glaciers?
Just when she is about to give up on finding real human connection on a dating app, C.J. Hauser meets a mate — who stays in her life for a while.
When Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive breast cancer, she was confronted with a cure so poisonous that her body’s fluids became toxic to other people and corrosive to her body’s own tissues.
In 1981, after being missing for 19 days, 10-year-old Ursula Herrmann was found buried in a box measuring 72cm by 60cm – the size of a small coffee table. So, how did a member of the prosecution team, the victim’s brother, no less, end up acting in favor of the defense?
The wellness industry has turned cheap stones into #healingcrystals, and the growing demand is damaging Madagascar, one of the Earth’s most biological diverse and fragile ecosystems, and putting its laborers into dangerous mines, many of them children. Is this how you heal yourself?
“Put simply, the world of violent crime is masculine, at least statistically. But the consumers of crime stories are decidedly female. Women make up the majority of the readers of true-crime books and the listeners of true-crime podcasts. Women are not just passively consuming these stories; they are also finding ways to participate in them.”
“Greenland’s melting has been adopted by the world as its own problem. But for the islanders grieving their dissolving world, the crisis is personal, and dangerous.”
“Barre feels like exercise the way Sweetgreen feels like eating: both might better be categorized as mechanisms that help you adapt to arbitrary, prolonged agony.”