Archive: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Homer Simpson and America's energy problem

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Our energy dilemma stirs lots of questions but few solutions. In "Who Turned Out the Lights: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis," published by Harper in October, Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson look for answers that will sustain the country through shifting economic conditions. Bittle...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 4, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

The secret to capitalism's future

The financial meltdown and global recession have given capitalism a black eye. But far from heralding the system's collapse, the hard times provide an opportunity for a return to fundamentals that work. In Howard Bloom's view, civilization will stir again on the productive imagination of capitalists -- not by means...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 3, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Odes to vanishing thrones, laughs and phones

Things come and things go. But nowadays things seem to come and go in a blur. Journalist and social commentator Anna Jane Grossman contemplates this phenomenon in "Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By," published by Abrams in September. The book contains a series of short essays on...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 2, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

If hip-hop culture reshaped our justice system...

Paul Butler is a Harvard Law grad and former federal prosecutor who believes that the American criminal justice system is broken. In his book, "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment," published by The New Press, he offers a vision of justice that he hopes would lead to fewer...

By Steven E. Levingston | December 1, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

Probing Genesis for scientific truth

Andrew Parker is a respected evolutionary biologist, a professor at the Natural History Museum in London and a honorary fellow at Oxford University. In his previous book, "In the Blink of an Eye: How Vision Sparked the Big Bang of Evolution," he argued that the development of sight was pivotal...

By Steven E. Levingston | November 30, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (11)

 

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