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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445


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Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey Williams
Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

Celina, March 6, 2012

Periodic Tales is a fascinating look at the elements, each in its own 5-10 page section on how it was discovered and how it's been used. I've been reading it at the breakfast table, a section at a time (there are even shorter subsections if you're in a rush). From Wallis Simpson's ideas on when to wear gold vs. platinum to the (outlawed) use of white phosphorus in wartime to the lead-based sculptures of Antony Gormley and Anselm Kiefer, this book has changed the way I look at everyday things.
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