Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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A Science Writer Embraces Buddhism as a Path to Enlightenment

OM’S LAW: To the extent that Buddhism encourages its practitioners to cast aside the self on their way to enlightenment, it can seem like a fool’s errand. The self isn’t so easy to shed, as Buckaroo Bonzai noted: “No matter where you go, there you are.

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‘Surfing With Sartre’: Does Riding a Wave Help Solve Existential Mysteries?

SURFING WITH SARTRE An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning By Aaron James 336 pp. Doubleday. $27.95. The wisdom of the surfer is often understood to be a kind of anti-wisdom: a rejection of the idea that life’s deepest truths must be elusive or hard-won — or even especially deep.

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The Russian Revolution Recast as an Epic Family Tragedy

It was winter in Petrograd, exactly 100 years ago. The imperial Russian Army was exhausted from fighting the Germans in World War I. There were bread shortages, strikes, mutinies. In March 1917 Czar Nicholas II abdicated the throne.

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Ellen Ullman’s New Book Tackles Tech’s Woman Problem

LIFE IN CODE A Personal History of TechnologyBy Ellen Ullman Illustrated. 306 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27 As milestone years go, 1997 was a pretty good one. The computers may have been mostly beige and balky, but certain developments were destined to pay off down the road.

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Why George Guidall Is the Undisputed King of Audiobooks

Early in his career as a narrator of audiobooks, George Guidall received a note from a truck driver in Montana. The man had been so absorbed in listening to Mr. Guidall’s eloquent recording of “Crime and Punishment” that he drove off the road. He was writing from his hospital bed to thank Mr.

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