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McGlue
Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The Pioneer Detectives - Konstantin Kakaes A fantastic long article tracking a scientific puzzle and the quest to unpuzzle. Kakaes writes lucidly and generously, but also concisely, about the way a desire for the unknown fuels (and complicates) the search for knowledge. It's a cool depiction of how science gets done--the making of the sausage, a messy process belied by the post-solution myths of discovery and clarity. I particularly liked the tussles between engineers and theoreticians--the friction between heat and gravitas, technical and cosmological design.