I had a longer comment along these same lines: that it's not really the US "foisting" its issues on other cultures when it's Native Americans, who have had to fight genocide —which I think is an appropriate term for what happened first under colonial rule and then under the U.S. government — asking for just a shred of… » 10/17/14 10:31pm 10/17/14 10:31pm

I love book jacket design! Thank you for sharing this. It's funny, I saw the slide of Mendelsund's Crime and Punishment cover and immediately recognized the graphic style of the new Camus covers. Yet, he's much more versatile than hyper-stylized black and white images. He's got quite a creative range. » 10/16/14 3:23pm 10/16/14 3:23pm

You are correct on Philip II as Alexander's father, but you have the rest a little muddled (although on the right track!) Philip II arranged for Aristotle to tutor Alexander for a few years. Archimedes was born roughly 50 years after Aristotle died, however, so the two never met. (There are so many names that begin… » 10/10/14 5:15pm 10/10/14 5:15pm

NPR is reporting that the nurse did ask him for travel history upon intake, but the fact that he'd just returned from the major ebola hotspot (Liberia) was never communicated to the doctors who diagnosed him. So, major failure there, wherever the actual fault lies. » 10/01/14 5:05pm 10/01/14 5:05pm

I have to assume there's an algorithm that subs in items that are often purchased together (possibly then checked over by an employee giggling about the silliness). My tip off here is that fish sauce is SE Asian, and coconut milk is a staple in Thai cooking. (No clue on the octopus and walnut loaf, though.) That said,… » 9/15/14 7:57pm 9/15/14 7:57pm

So, here's the standard disclaimer: Go see your doctor and/or ophthamologist to rule out any serious underlying issues (because any number of bad things can cause this.) Maybe even an ER visit. Loss of peripheral vision can mean a detached retina (which can be fixed if caught early), stroke or brain tumor, among… » 9/06/14 12:18pm 9/06/14 12:18pm

I need to re-read this! As a side note, while it's been years since I read either, I recall reading this book and Netherland back to back and thinking that for two very different books, they complimented each other very well in my mind. I just wish I could remember specifics. Still, for anyone looking for a book after » 8/28/14 1:55pm 8/28/14 1:55pm

I made these too! And they were absolutely delicious, although I substituted a dollop of balsamic vinegar for the wine, since I didn't have any at the house. I can't remember if I used boucheron cheese, or another kind of goat cheese, but whatever it was, it definitely added the finishing touch to the dish. » 7/12/14 9:32pm 7/12/14 9:32pm

A couple things: The fish swimming on its side could have an issue with its swim bladder, which is not uncommon in goldfish, especially if they're "fancy" goldfish. Sometimes it's just caused by constipation and that does sound like a likely culprit with the massive overfeeding. Feed it thawed frozen peas with the… » 6/30/14 7:14am 6/30/14 7:14am