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Book Review: ‘The Triumph of Improvisation’ by James Graham Wilson


New book traces the end of the Cold War through the efforts of four key men. Read More »

Book Review: ‘What Good is Grand Strategy?’ by Hal Brands


Is grand strategy possible or are we living in too complex an international environment? Read More »

The Origins of World War I: Choice or Fate?


Did Europeans really have the option of avoiding the calamity of 1914? We consider two new books on the origins of the Great War. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Wrede on Writing’ by Patricia C. Wrede


An introduction to the aspects of the craft and business of writing, with a sci-fi/fantasy focus. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works’ by Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, Kevin Bennett


A collection of case studies where design thinking approach to problem solving made all the difference. Read More »

Godzilla Remake Coming in May 2014


Will this be a smart Godzilla movie? Judging from the trailer, the remake will offer the obligatory level of eye candy, possibly surpassing fan expectations, but given the apparent focus of the trailer on the ordinary people caught up in the wake of unimaginable destruction, there may be here more than the canned human interest plot often found in high ... Read More »

Book Review: ‘Does Capitalism Have a Future?’ by Immanuel Wallerstein, et al.


Will capitalism overcome the many threats to its survival? What will replace it if it fails? This volume by leading world system theorists attempts to provide answers. Read More »

Journey Through The World of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ With a Chrome Experiment Map.


Interactive map brings Middle-Earth to life ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Read More »

The Incomparable Barbra Streisand Comes Home in ‘Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn’ on Great Performances Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo Credit: Russell James/Copyright Barwood Films, Ltd.

The two hour performance will include nine hits from Streisand’s repertoire never performed on stage before. Read More »

Is Standardized Testing Killing Creativity Among America’s Youth?


Creativity in America is on the decline. Read More »