2014: Reading Year in Review

I've put together a spreadsheet of all of the new books that I read in 2014, inspired by Ghost in the Machine's post chronicling what he read in 2013 (sorry if I'm stepping on your toes, Ghost), and it's been really interesting to review the data and use it to perhaps set some goals for 2015. » 1/02/15 1:24pm 1/02/15 1:24pm

The Thriving Industry That Helps Encourage Book Censorship

We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process. » 10/01/14 12:09pm 10/01/14 12:09pm

Is Google Aiming Too Low By Planning A "Science Fictional" Future?

That new profile of Google X, Google's mysterious futuristic project, includes the intriguing detail that all of Google X's projects must have "a component that resembles science fiction." That sounds ambitious and thrilling. But the Atlantic's Robinson Meyer says that's actually too narrow a view of the future. » 4/16/14 12:07pm 4/16/14 12:07pm