Recovering Lolita

A book of new covers for Nabakov’s Lolita that were submitted by 60 well-known designers to a competition comes out in June. Among the problems Nabokov’s Lolita poses for the book designer, probably the thorniest is the popular misconception of the title character. She’s chronically miscast as a teenage sexpot—just witness the dozens of soft-core […]

Monopoly on morality

I don’t believe for a second that an intelligent man like Carey truly thinks that Christians are being “persecuted”. He’s just using overly emotive language to try and make a point. (If he does believe it, then he’s an idiot of the highest order – an archbishop or pope of idiocy, if you like.) This […]

Finding goatse: the mystery man behind the most disturbing internet meme in history

I’m sure the case could be argued for more disturbing memes, but goatse is certainly up there as one of the worst. Or down there, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, if you don’t know what goatse is, I urge you not to give in to your curiosity as it cannot be unseen. […]

Saudi princess: What I’d change about my country

BBC news magazine speaks to Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, daughter of King Saud, the former ruler of Saudi Arabia: Our ancient culture, of which I am very proud, is renowned for its nobility and generosity, but we lack, and urgently need, fundamental civil laws with which to govern our society. As a daughter, sister, (former) […]

Women in science: Einstein’s advice to a little girl who wants to be a scientist

From the delightful Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children comes the following exchange between Einstein and a bright, witty South African girl named Tyfanny, who reminded Einstein of his own granddaughter. via Brain Pickings, yet again. I’ll carry on picking out my favourites but, really, you should just sign up to […]