Today’s Poem

I never think I like poetry until I read it. It’s kind of like the Ani Difranco line: they say goldfish have no memory; i guess their lives are much like mine; and the little plastic castle is a surprise every time. So here’s a poem from Rabindranath Tagore to start the work week: I slept and dreamt That life . . . 

Controversy in Komodo National Park

There’s been rumors of dragon smuggling out of Komodo National Park for years; juvenile Komodos can fetch as much as $4,500 each in the exotic animal trade. This is in a country where the average citizen makes $8,000 a year. And though I’ve always known about the excellent diving in the park, mainly due to . . . 

Suggested Retail Price

Two things rocked the publishing world in the last week–the Pulitzer fiction snub and the justice department’s lawsuit against Apple and five major New York houses. I haven’t read any of the finalist novels, so I can’t comment on the Pulitzer board’s decision not to award any of them with the prize, but even though . . . 

Let’s take a field trip to

The front page of the Star Tribune’s business + money section ran a story today about an upswing in the home remodeling market. The article featured a couple who refrained from replacing their Pottery Barn pool cabana that had been damaged in a storm a few years ago, but now–after living cabana-less all these desolate . . . 

First there was fiction. Then there was fact.

I was watching bits and pieces of 2001: A Space Odyssey the other day, which is the only way I’ve ever seen that movie, and was surprised to see iPads featured in the film. iPads in 1968! Would today’s teens even blink watching that? Or would they just laugh at how many buttons were on . . .