"Life is messy, and it’s okay if you are too": Jessica Valenti on "Sex Object"

Jessica Valenti’s memoir is sure to provoke discussion at any time, but maybe now more than ever. We asked Valenti some pointed questions about her work and her reputation as one of the leading feminist thinkers of a generation.

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Grunt-Mary Roach

"The Freezer Serves Dual Use as a Morgue"--Fun Factoids from Mary Roach's "Grunt"

It takes a special kind of writer to make topics ranging from death to our gastrointestinal tract interesting (sometimes hilariously so), and pop science writer Mary Roach is always up to the task. In her latest book, Grunt...

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Zombie Ants, Robo-Crabs, and Confused Crustaceans

Have you heard the one about the wasp that turns cockroaches into living food trucks for its larvae? If not, you have a choice to make: to immediately read or assiduously avoid Kathleen McAuliffe's This Is Your Brain on Parasites.

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"Don't Count the Days; Make the Days Count" - Muhammad Ali (1942 - 2016)

Muhammad Ali died on June 3rd at the age of 74. He died from complications due to Parkinson's disease, which he battled for 32 years. As cultural icons go, there were none greater. Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky in...

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, it's a hard-knock life in Jamaica, we ride the rails with hoboes, and a dude writes like a lady...

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The Best Books of June: Nonfiction

A selection of some of our favorite nonfiction picks for June, including a horrorshow exploration of microscopic maladies, Mary Roach's funny, fascinating look at the science overcoming our soldiers' non-gun-wielding adversaries, and more.

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It's Ok to Laugh

Life Ain't Always Instagram-Friendly: Nora McInerny Purmort on "It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)"

Life was just dandy for Nora McInerny Purmort until she turned 27. Sure, she was jumping from job to job, but she had an amazing boyfriend, who would soon become her fiancé...after he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer...

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A selection of some of our favorite nonfiction picks for May, including a "biography" of the gene, a meditation on tribal culture--across all cultures--from Sebastian Junger, and a story of modern China as told through the lens of a single Shanghai street.

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Not Just Another Walk in the Woods

Spectacular images from Walking the Himalayas, the latest of two epic accounts of travel and adventure on foot by Levison Wood.

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Not Pretty Enough

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, the untold story of a storied magazine editor, books about struggle and triumph, and Alan Cumming makes us feel like we should be doing more with our lives (or maybe that's just me)...

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