The book that helped me understand my son.
Author David Mitchell's introduction to The Reason I Jump
, a newly-translated memoir by thirteen-year-old Naoki Higashida on what it's like to have autism.
The pseudonymous author behind the critically-acclaimed
mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling
has been outed. And it's J. K. Rowling
The legendarily shitty webcomic Sweet Bro and
Helpful Hella Jeff
is now available as a LAVISHLY HEDONISTIC HARDCOVER BOOK
that comes with insiteful author notes
, fake Subway coubons
, and both a 3-foot ribbone bookmark
and a lenticular bookmark
. The press release
goes into more detail about the book's horrendously shitty excesses, including the four separate webcomic legends who were involved in its makings. And there's a preview trailer
which is probably unnecessary but still worth it.
Paul Lockhart, author of the famous Mathematician's Lament
, has a new book coming out called Measurement
, which tries to discuss mathematics "as an artful way of thinking and living". Lockhart discusses his passion for math and motives for writing the book in this video
Kevin Roose's The Unlikely Disciple
, in which Brown attends Jerry Falwell's evangelical Liberty University for a semester (excerpt
), has been featured on MetaFilter previously
, but it deserves to be looked at in more detail. What distinguishes the book is Roose's determination to look at the people behind the belief rather than just lampooning the belief itself; he writes about interviewing Falwell
(and he was in fact the last person to interview Falwell before his death), and about his uneasiness about finding the likable, human elements that went alongside the fanaticism. After publication, Liberty University allowed the book in its bookstore, but inserted a three-paragraph disclaimer warning readers of inaccuracies and telling them to be skeptical; Roose rebuts the disclaimer. An English professor at Liberty University offers an interesting perspective. Meanwhile, Roose runs a blog series called Meet Jerry's Kids, in which he interviews LU students, and The Jonah Project, where he encourages people who disagree politically or religiously to have reasoned, yelling-free discussions about the novel.