Faces along the bar Cling to their average day: The lights must never go out, The music must always play, All the conventions conspire To make this fort assume The furniture of home; Lest we […]
By science writer Maggie Koerth, adapted from the litany against fear from the novel Dune: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my […]
Digitally rendered scenes of terror by Russian artist Oleg Vdovenko, lit as if by a camera flash in the darkness. I find that cover image to be somewhat iconic of our time.
The eminent neuroscientist Jaak Panskepp, who pioneered the study of emotion in mammals, is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He […]
With titles like “Sorry,” “Dust,” and “Goodbye,” the disquieting work of Russian artist Anton Semenov, who goes by the name Gloom82, is steeped in apprehension and dread. Occasionally nightmarish or even whimsical, most of his […]
I am an atheist in the same way that Asimov was. In an essay late in his life, he said he had always referred to himself as agnostic, that the grand mystery of existence — […]
Just as chefs innovate for a repetition-weary palate, so too I try to offer today’s sophisticated readers something novel for their money. Turns out entertaining you all is hard when everything’s been done. When inspiration […]