Bird Fact Friday — The Ducks of Chile

Adapted from pages 42-44 of Birds of Chile: The Crested Duck is widespread throughout Chile, and fairly common in the North Andes, and from Aysén to the Tierra del Fuego. They are less common from the Central Andes to Los Lagos. These … [Read More...]

Frederick Cooper on Citizenship, Inequality, and Difference

Citizenship, Inequality, and Difference offers a concise and sweeping overview of citizenship's complex evolution, from ancient Rome to the present. Political leaders and thinkers still debate, as they did in Republican Rome, whether the presumed … [Read More...]

Plants That Kill: Ephedera

Adapted from page 214 of Plants That Kill: The drug ma huang has been one of the most important in the Chinese materia medica for millennia, having been first recorded in Shen-nung Pen-ts’ao Ching (Divine Husbandman’s Materia Medica), … [Read More...]

Barry Scott Wimpfheimer on The Talmud: A Biography

The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter … [Read More...]

Insect of the Week: How to Make Your Yard More Firefly-Friendly

Your neighborhood might have hundreds of fireflies, or maybe you have just a few. Perhaps you have none at all. No matter which, here are some simple things that will help make any yard more attractive to local fireflies. Create an inviting … [Read More...]

C.C. Tsai on ‘The Analects’ and ‘The Art of War’

C. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. These volumes present Tsai's delightful graphic adaptation of The Analects and The Art … [Read More...]

Eric Posner & Glen Weyl on Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking—and pretty much all conventional thinking about markets, both for and … [Read More...]

Bird Fact Friday – Hillstars

Adapted from page 157 of Birds of Chile: The Andean Hilstar is found in the North Andes, and is a common resident south of Tarapacá. They frequently populate scrubby valleys, villages, and rocky slopes with scattered shrubs. They often cling … [Read More...]