As comment-thread haters love to point out, often with the capslock on, most film critics would prove incapable of creating good movies themselves. Perhaps in honor of that truth, the upstart web-site Existimatum trusts its reviews of movie reviewer's reviews to a most exclusive coterie: people who ... More >>
This week, thousands of Mormons are meeting up in Upstate New York for what's called the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Of course, the pageant is getting a little extra attention this year, and not just because 2012 marks the fest's 75th anniversary. G.O.P. presidential contender Mitt Romney is Mormon, an ... More >>
In 2000, a quantum physicist in Ithaca, New York named Carl Frederick decided to try his hand at writing science fiction. Two years later, he was named a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. The next year, 2003, he did even better, winning a quarterly first prize for his sho ... More >>
On the eve of L. Ron Hubbard's 101st birthday, we have a story which brings together several themes we've been dealing with here lately -- Scientology's alleged abuses, its "secular" front groups, and its attempts to promote the reputation of its founder. In February, I noticed an interesting blog ... More >>
As Harvard Prez ignites women-in-science flap, this writer recalls her path to M.I.T.
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