The Oscar-nominated writer tells how he adapted Brian Selznick's bestseller for the screen.
February 24, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
As far as the microwaves were concerned, the 7-inch-long tube did not exist -- is true invisibility that far away?
February 16, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
A collection of old community cookbooks reflects a changing ecology and a cultural shift: the decline of hunting, chitlins and pig's feet
February 15, 2012 | By Peter Smith
The officer who gained glory as a warrior in the Civil War also had a domestic side.
February 14, 2012 | By Gilbert King
What is the term for a "euphoric sensation upon eating amazingly delicious food"
February 14, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
The counterculture has long been characterized by a single word: “love.” For some hippie communards, love was also a recipe ingredient
February 13, 2012 | By Peter Smith
"I take no man's word for the qualities of a toadstool," said the man who took it upon himself to sample more than 600 species
February 08, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Would Flopsy, Mopsy and Peter Cottontail have been conceived had it not been for the biases of Victorian era science?
February 06, 2012 | By Peter Smith
The sport was initially fodder for slapstick comedy, but as the technology evolved, so did the way in which filmmakers portrayed the gridiron on the big screen
February 01, 2012 | By Daniel Eagan
Two centuries after his birth, the novelist is still wildly popular, as a theme park, a new movie and countless festivals attest
February 2012 | By Joshua Hammer
Recently reissued, William L. Shirer's seminal 1960 history of Nazi Germany is still important reading
February 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
What does whale meat taste like, and is it anything like jojoba oil, prosciutto or jellied crustaceans?
January 27, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Long-gone destinations have their own special appeal, don't you think?
January 24, 2012 | By Susan Spano
A rundown of historians, authors and bloggers to follow in the coming year
January 19, 2012 | By Brian Wolly
Charles J. Guiteau said he wanted to kill President James A. Garfield "in an American manner." He passed up several opportunities before he thought the time was right.
January 17, 2012 | By Gilbert King
What are the must-read books written by and about the famed British author?
January 17, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
The children's book author speaks about her career and what it means to write a "banned book"
January 2012 | By Jeff Campagna
"I'm not out to vilify bakers; I'm just trying to find a little funny in unexpected places"
December 23, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
Pitcairn Island is populated by 50 people, has a handful of hostels, a general store and a café and, frankly, could really use a few visitors
December 22, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
An astronomer finds that depictions of the Moon on Christmas cards, wrapping paper and books is often wrong
December 22, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski