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A Misunderstood Monument - WSJ.com "French worked hard to make his huge Lincoln a man and not a god. This is one rumpled icon. The imperfections are hard to miss. His hair is uncombed. His tie is askew. His hands betray a fidgety disposition, and his eyes aren't quite symmetrical." (tags: history…
Posthumous Novels by Vladimir Nabokov, David Foster Wallace and Ralph Ellison - WSJ.com "A new wave of posthumous books by iconic authors is stirring debate over how publishers should handle fragmentary literary remains. Works by Vladimir Nabokov, William Styron, Graham Greene, Carl Jung and Kurt…
Book Review: ESPN - WSJ.com "The modest idea of Bill and Scott Rasmussen--a failed hockey broadcaster and his college-dropout son--ESPN is now, according to James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, "the most important component of the Disney empire, worth more than the entire National Football League,…
Jonah Lehrer on Problems With SATs, GREs, the NFL Combine and Other Performance Tests | Head Case - WSJ.com "We live in a society obsessed with maximum performance. Think of exams like the SAT and the GRE. Though these tests take only a few hours, they're supposed to give schools and companies a…

NOVA scienceNOW has been a pretty decent science podcast for a while now. I wonder if it's popularity sparked the attempt at a tv series - not that I have any idea how popular it is. NdGT is an excellent public face for science though and really entertaining to watch, I'll definitely check it out for the first few episodes.