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Bookology: Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona

Poor Oona—she’s always the last duck to the pond…. But then her frog friend Roy reminds her: you’re good with gizmos… And so Oona the duck goes to work in the barn on her gizmos, pouring her creative and determined self into getting to the pond before the faster ducks.

Against the Grain: The Pitfalls of Race-Based Medicine

Given the disparities between the lifespans of whites, African Americans, Native Americans and other groups, it might seem to be sensible to gear medicine along racial lines. But sociologist Leslie Hinkson argues that it represents a dangerous turn in science and healthcare. She discusses race, biology, and debt.

ASEBL Journal: Dialogues

A powerful and welcome manifesto advocating for the extraordinary mental and social capabilities of apes to integrate themselves into the human cultural community.

Good Food: Scandinavian breakfasts with Beatrice Ojakangas

Growing up on a farm in northern Minnesota, Beatrice Ojakangas learned to cook and bake on a wood-burning stove before she could read. Today she’s a James Beard Hall of Fame author and an expert on Scandinavian baking. In “Breakfast with Beatrice,” she returns to her Finnish roots for an exploration of the day’s most important meal.

Hypatia: Against Purity

Shotwell persuasively encourages her reader to accept that purity is a myth, and that if we want to live better lives--that is to say, more just lives, but also qualitatively better ones in a world that seems to be politically and environmentally deteriorating all around us--we ought to reject this myth in favor of the impure.

Counterpunch: Allen Ginsberg Takes a Trip

When poet Allen Ginsberg journeyed to Cuba, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Britain in 1964, homosexuality was illegal in most of the world. So was marijuana.