The Man who tried to drain the Med

Herman Sörgel, in 1928, who conceived of Atlantropa. (Photo: Public Domain) It's not just the plot of a Philip K. Dick book—a man spent his life trying to make Atlantropa happen. by Toon Lambrechts September 13, 2016 853 An artist's rendering of what Atlantropa—a plan to partially drain the Mediterranean—might have looked like. (Photo: lttiz/CC BY 3.0) Later…Read more The Man who tried to drain the Med


In 1957 a group of soldiers watched an atom bomb go off directly above their heads. by Molly McBride Jacobson September 13, 2016 1,479 In 1945, the first atomic bomb was set off during the Trinity Test in the New Mexican desert. This marked the birth of the Atomic Age, a period of nuclear experimentation that…Read more WEIRD, BUT TRUE

Deaf Snail

  'I hate lugging these shells around, particularly when they're new or they simply don't fit.' 'Stop moaning, it's boring, you can be such a slime.' 'What did you say?' 'I asked if you know the time?' 'Time to eat, I'll bet.' 'You're such a slug.' 'What?' 'I said, such a slog.'

Read, write, listen, write more

EASILY ONE OF THE BEST ARTICLES ON WRITING I'VE READ RECENTLY How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit Joy, Suffering, Reading, and Lots and Lots of Writing September 13, 2016  By Rebecca Solnit   1) Write. There is no substitute. Write what you most passionately want to write, not blogs, posts, tweets or…Read more Read, write, listen, write more

We need to talk about Lionel

Lionel Shriver’s Address on Cultural Appropriation Roils a Writers Festival By ROD NORDLANDSEPT. 12, 2016 The author Lionel Shriver caused a stir at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Credit Gary Doak/Writer Pictures, via Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Officials in charge of an Australian writers festival were so upset with the address by their keynote speaker,…Read more We need to talk about Lionel