We’re pumped to have this new magazine from Erick Lyle, $5 and on display at the front desk!
“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.” Check out this piece from BrainPickings.
We now have a lovely selection of greeting cards!
Looking forward to sponsoring the Santa Cruz book launch of Mat Callahan’s The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975 at The Poet & The Patriot Irish Pub on December 6th!
You’ll find Logos mentioned in this guide to Santa Cruz – we’re honored to be in such fine company. Thanks, SF Gate!
We are really into these new science fiction editions from Penguin, introduced by Neil Gaiman! Beautiful!
A new study from Yale…i.e., more time to read!
Join children’s book author Matt Damon at Logos on Saturday, August 13th at 10:00 am for a reading of his new book: The Fall of General Custard or The Overthrow of a Leftover.
This epic and tasty tale of war and peas in the “Fridge” is targeted for ages 5-10, but is really written as a true “everybody book”, guaranteed to leave all ages smiling with delight and feeling admiration for the edible heroines and heroes who save the day.
“It’s always good when consumers are aware of how creators get paid—but there’s no shame in not buying new.” So says Salon!
“…be kind and read a good story.” We stand by that sentiment and will miss seeing Alan Cheuse at Logos. NPR has posted a nice remembrance of Alan.
We just received four signed copies of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear . Come on down to Logos and pick one up!
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and to let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love (and how to face down what we most fear). She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits that are needed in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, or to make art, or to find new ways to address challenges in our work, or to give ourselves permission to embark on a dream long deferred, or simply to infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Community, thoughtful recommendations, experience…yes! Let’s keep independent bookstores thriving. Check out this great article from The Week.
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in “ancient DNA” research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used–today–to resurrect the past.
Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of ice age bones and delving into her own research–as well as those of fellow experts such as Svante Paabo, George Church, and Craig Venter–Shapiro considers de-extinction’s practical benefits and ethical challenges. Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal? Using DNA collected from remains as a genetic blueprint, scientists aim to engineer extinct traits–traits that evolved by natural selection over thousands of years–into living organisms.
But rather than viewing de-extinction as a way to restore one particular species, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of contemporary ecosystems. For example, elephants with genes modified to express mammoth traits could expand into the Arctic, re-establishing lost productivity to the tundra ecosystem. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation’s future.