The snail family has a new member: Zospeum tholussum, a gorgeous subterranean snail found in one of the deepest caves in the world, 3,000 feet below ground in the Lukina Jama–Trojama cave system in Croatia. This cave-d. . .
For the past couple of years, my mother has been writing her life story. What started for her as a diversion—taking a continuing-ed class at our local library called “A Legacy of Your Life”—has turned into a full-fledged mission. It began as a. . .
I did my civic duty earlier this week, giving up my life as a normal citizen for a few days and answering the summons to jury duty. As I headed to the courthouse on Monday morning, I grabbed a book suitable for the occasion; I wanted a good . . .
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. That’s the verdict in the real news this week, after Cleveland, Ohio, kidnapper Ariel Castro was found hanging in his prison cell, dead after an apparent suicide. In a story almost stranger than fiction, C. . .
by Edward McGuire
Original in Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Today, we pay tribute to Irish poet Seamus Heaney (1939–2013), laid to rest this past weekend. Nobel laureate, a commandeur of France’s l’Ordre des Arts. . .
“Does your mother know about the new iceberg lettuce? It’s a new variety, very crisp, with wonderful keeping powers.”
Fifty years ago today, Mary McCarthy’s most well-known novel The Group was published, a controversial best-seller of the 1. . .
“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient.”
My book club wasn’t ready for this one. It was our third death-centered book in a row, following on the heels of The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Sch. . .