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Science and Shakespeare

I had the privilege of seeing Hamlet last night at Shakespeare in the Park. I say the privilege because the production was as usual excellent. For those of you who don’t know, it is a New York tradition for the Public Theater to host plays by Shakespeare — usually two — over the summer free…

Keeping with my attempt to actually do book reviews, I have the first of what will hopefully be a continuing series. I am reviewing Stem Cell Century by UCLA Law Professor and Volokh Conspiracy contributor Russell Korobkin — with Stephen Munzer in some chapters. This book examines the legal, ethical and policy-related issues in stem…

Adam Gopnik on Phillip K. Dick

The New Yorker has an exquisite article by Adam Gopnik on science fiction writer, Phillip K. Dick. Gopnik doesn’t pull punches; Dick was in many ways bat-shit crazy. He also had a genius for understanding that the future would likely be just as wrong — in the way that people in 60s tended to define…

I am as excited for the new Harry Potter book as everyone else. I mean, come on, you want to see the end of even a bad movie, right? But Jane Galt echoes something that I have been thinking for a long time about the series: Harry can be such a tool and his buddies…