Articles by Rachel Hurn

November 5, 2011

Ireland’s Poet President 0

Did you know the recently elected president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is actually a noted poet? Though the Guardian’s own Carol Rumens would disagree.

November 5, 2011

Uncovering Amazon 0

Book publishers will tell you how many titles they are publishing this fall. Apple at least reveals how many iPads it sells. But Amazon is taking a different tack, shrouding much of the plans for its publishing venture in secrecy.

November 5, 2011

Tales from Swankville 0

When Pleasanton mom Siah Fried and her co-author wrote Tales from Swankville, a book about hyper-competitive parenting in suburbia, they didn’t expect their neighbors to take it so personally.

November 3, 2011

And So It Goes 0

Before he died, Kurt Vonnegut gave the go-ahead that has allowed Charles Shields to construct And So It Goes, an incisive, gossipy page-turner of a biography, even if it’s hard to tell just how authorized this book really is.

November 3, 2011

Grammatical Tweets 0

Are birds’ tweets grammatical? According to a recent study by Kentaro Abe and Dai Watanabe of Kyoto University, songbirds may communicate using sophisticated grammar.

November 3, 2011

Dog Days in Tehran 0

Azadeh Moaveni writes about what it was like to own her dog, named London, in Iran: “Most Turks, like most Iranians, recoiled from dogs as though they were grotesque vermin; only ‘guard’ dogs, charged with protecting humans and their goods, were deemed less offensive, though still repellent.” To Moaveni, it was like cultural rebellion.

November 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, the Coloring Book 0

Wondering the best way to explain Occupy Wall Street to your 9-year-old? How about a coloring book? Out today, Occupy is a 36-page coloring book depicting the events and opinions surrounding the Occupy movement.

November 3, 2011

On Rereading 0

Are rereadings better readings? Nabakov thinks so. But Patricia Spacks, in her new memoir On Rereading grapples with the guilty pleasure.

October 30, 2011

American Boy 0

American Girl books/doll cult opens membership to boys.

October 30, 2011

Greatest Geek Books 0

These are the nine greatest geek books of all time, according to Wired readers.