Books

‘The Rage of Achilles’ and the Bicameral Mind

Robert Lamb discusses Terence Hawkins' 2009 novel 'The Rage of Achilles' and its use of Julian Jaynes’ theory of the bicameral mind.

Books of Flesh: Anthropodermic Bibliopegy

The libraries of horror fiction typically offer many a dark tome bound in human flesh, but do books like the ‘Necronomicon Ex-Mortis’ of ‘Evil Dead’ really exist? They do, and the true story of skin-clad literature will chill you. Join Robert and Christian as they crack open the history and science of anthropodermic bibliopegy.

Palimpsests: Reading History's Blank Pages

Historians learn a great deal from historical texts -- and not only that which was written, but that which was unwritten. Join Robert and Christian as they explore the world of palimpsests, the erased books just under the surface of ancient tomes. Modern technology allows us to uncover more and more of their secrets, while the idea of the palimpsest itself serves as a powerful metaphor for media, the mind and maybe life itself.

Summer Reading 2015: Books to Blow Your Mind

It's a summer tradition, so once more the hosts of Stuff to Blow Your Mind share their fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations with listeners. That means science, science fiction, horror and more -- all with a distinct STBYM flavor.

Grimoire: Occult Books and the Magic of Writing

We're all familiar with such fictional grimoires as "The Necronomicon," but what about the rich legacy of occult books and cryptic tomes that preceded its invention? Robert and guest host Christian Sager investigate and maybe summon a demon or two.

YA Books: A Wizard/Vamp Recruitment Super Tool

Robert blogs about the magic of books and our need for belonging.

10 Nonexistent Books to Read Before You Die

Books within books, dreams within dreams...

Meddling Kids Attempt to Thwart Book Trashing

At the end of January 2010, Borders will ship unsold books from 200 closed Waldenbooks to a third-party liquidator. Whatever doesn't wind up on a shelf somewhere goes in the trash, and the company has stated that there won't be anything left over to donate. Needless to say, this plan has rubbed quite a few people the wrong way.

A New Way to Smell Old Books

I love the smell of old books. It's just one of the reasons they'll have to drag me kicking and screaming into the world of Kindles, Nooks and BeBooks. So it's rather amusing that while the forces of technology and science seem intent on carrying out a kind of print holocaust, some scientists are hard at work creating new ways to smell books.

Space Music: Desert Island Albums in Orbit

I think we all love playing the desert island game with books, movies and albums from time to time. You know the deal: "If you had to spend the rest of your life on a desert island, which three titles would you want with you?" I thought today might be a good opportunity to take a cosmic spin on the idea and imagine ourselves trapped on the International Space Station. Here's the key stipulation: You can only pick from the books and albums ALREADY in orbit. The good folks over at GovernmentAttic.org filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and received an official listing of all the books, movies, TV shows and albums in the ISS library. Hey, astronauts need to unwind too.