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Books For The Trump Years

Michael Winship | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

These are the times that try men's and women's souls. With inauguration day just weeks away, if you must curl up in a ball in front of a fireplace or ...

The Return of the Plague: An Open Letter to Our Students

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.16.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

Dear Students: I write with some unwelcome news: the plague has returned to America. The rats have crawled out of their holes and are swarming ove...

A Second Coming

Francis Levy | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Truly great thinkers introduce a human dimension into what is generally thought to be a political condition. Once you introduce a broader question whi...

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Home
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

20 Dead From Bubonic Plague

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home

Twenty villagers on the island nation of Madagascar have died from an outbreak of bubonic plague. On Tuesday, the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar ...

Re-understanding Violence as We Had to Re-Understand Plague..To Cure It

Gary Slutkin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Gary Slutkin

Human history is filled with tragic blunders that fail to put their finger on the problem, and actually compose a "solution" that has no value. This is where we are today, relying on prisons as solutions to reducing the epidemics of violence.

Strangest New York Visitors: Leprosy And The Bubonic Plague

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Did you think we were done with cholera, or the bubonic plague? Well, we're not. Millions of people come to New York City every year, and a few of t...

The Real Thing: Saul Bellow Off the Record

David Galenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Galenson

Bellow's recently published Letters give us a generous sampling of the literary judgments of a great writer, with private assessments of his own work -- as well as that of others.

January 4, 1960: Albert Camus Dies In a Car Crash, Age 46. His Books Make Him Immortal

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

On January 4, 1960 --- exactly fifty years ago --- Albert Camus had a train ticket to Paris in his pocket.

Malcolm Casadaban, University Of Chicago Professor, Dies After Contact With Plague Bacteria

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A University of Chicago molecular genetics professor studying the origins of harmful bacteria died last weekend after contracting an infection linked ...

Newspapers, Not Books, Are the Key to Engaging Budding College Students

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The acts of reading the newspaper and participating in conversation about current affairs are worth more to young college students than interpreting foreign works, no matter their messages.

Writing Under the Influence, Living Under the Influence

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Finkle

Although her title is an eyebrow-raiser, Elizabeth Hawes knows what she's doing. With Camus, a Romance, her new and unconventional work, she isn't simply writing a biography.

Medieval 'Vampire' Skull Found Near Venice

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The skull of a "vampire" has been found near Venice among the corpses of 16th century plague victims, reports LiveScience. The leader of the archaeol...

The Plague Is Back | Laura Blue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Like no other disease, plague evokes terror. One of the most lethal illnesses in human history, it killed probably a third of Europe's population in t...