Articles by Rachel Hurn

January 3, 2012

Queens’ Libraries Speak the Mother Tongue 0

In many of Queens’ 62 library branches, copies of books are being borrowed are in Korean, Chinese or Spanish. A library branch in Astoria, responding to its own diverse readership, carries children’s books in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and Gujarati. Striving to cater to the intensifying globalization of its surrounding streets, the New York […]

January 3, 2012

2011 in Physics Books 0

Every year brings a fresh new crop of popular books on physics and cosmology, or so they say. 2011 was no exception, featuring books on dark matter and dark energy, the Large Hadron Collider, time, the multiverse, cosmic mortality, a bit of history, biography, and even a celebration of “fringe physics.” Here is a list […]

December 29, 2011

Racist Tintin? 0

Does the Adventures of Tintin film conveniently avoid the comic books’ racist undertones?

December 29, 2011

To Train Up a Child 0

The self-proclaimed Christian parenting book, To Train Up a Child, has come under fire in the wake of the three child deaths. Critics started an online petition asking Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to stop selling the book; over 9,000 people have signed it.

December 29, 2011

Read Sugar? 0

Who is Sugar? Have you read her? Go Behind the Scenes of a Regular Sugar Reader.

December 29, 2011

PDT Cocktail Book 0

With New Year’s Eve looming, LA Weekly is forgoing their usual cookbook of the week in favor of a cocktail book–The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and illustrator Chris Gall, the only beverage book that made it into their Best of 2011 “cookbook” list.

December 27, 2011

Do You Listen to Your Hunch? 0

Complex problems do not necessarily need complex solutions, and more detailed analysis does not necessarily improve a decision, but often makes it worse. In other words: sometimes it’s better to listen to your gut. What do you do?

December 27, 2011

The Words of E.B. White 0

E. B. White is one of those writers you are liable to meet again and again in the course of a reading life, each time wearing a different expression. To children, he is the author of Charlotte’s Web; to college students, he is half of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Later on, he […]

December 27, 2011

An Unquenchable Thirst 0

In An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson, the former nun, who served alongside Mother Teresa, details her disenchantment with the religious life she once found so appealing.

December 27, 2011

10 Free E-Reader Books 1

Just got a new e-reader for Christmas but afraid to overspend too easily? Many public domain books are classics, ones that you might want to revisit from school or others that you feel guilty for not having read. Here is a list of 10 free books. Or, if you’re more interested in paying for newer […]