If the Congolese can maintain hope in their horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert literally risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it's our human obligation to read them.If the Congolese can maintain hope in horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it's our human obligation to read them.
Does what should be deeply disturbing, even apocalyptically terrifying, in the present moment strike many of us as the equivalent of so many movie-made terrors -- shivers and fears produced in a world so far beyond us that we can do nothing about them?
Edgar Allan Poe may have died penniless, but his poems are now worth a heap of money -- $662,500, to be exact. On Friday, an unidentified bidder at a Christie's auction in New York paid just that much for a first-edition collection of poems by the master of the macabre, titled "Tamerlane and Other Poems" and printed under the vague pseudonym of "A Bostonian."
Zombies have made a pop culture comeback. It might have something to do with all the undead banks and the bankers whose careers live on after the economic apocalypse they caused.
Author Stephen King made an appearance last month at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where he discussed, among other things, the importance of literacy. As King put it: "I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that."