Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Ursula K Le Guin, a museum dedicated to selfies, eco-friendly jeans and more

1. A Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans While the majority of blue jeans are dyed with synthetically produced indigo, researchers at the University of California have potentially discovered a way to make the process more eco-friendly—and the answer is bacteria. Instead of adding to the many chemicals (including formaldehyde) released during the now-traditional practice, scientists created a strain of E. coli bacteria which only …

Farewell, Ursula K Le Guin

With a career spanning almost 50 years, science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K Le Guin has passed away at 88 years old. Perhaps best known for her “Earthsea” series (which began with 1968’s “A Wizard of Earthsea”), Le Guin was proud to be part of the sci-fi and fantasy genre. The worlds she created avoid the basic lessons of good and evil, rather she …

Link About It: This Week’s Pick

Harper Lee dies at 89, a labyrinthian cake maze, how the internet killed Playboy and more in our look around the web

1. Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Has Died Few works of fiction have carried as much of a resounding impact as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Beyond its commercial success, the book introduced an array of beloved characters to the world and they have entered the literary canon for their awareness, sensitivity and care. After her book published in 1960, Lee …

Digital Tour of Haruki Murakami’s Office

Award-winning writer Haruki Murakami is giving his millions of fans a glimpse into the space where his stories come alive. Up now online, Murakami has created a small, digital tour of his desk—pointing out some of his more mundane objects (like a simple mug from a trip to Switzerland) and his tiny treasures, including a paperweight that was gifted to him from Sonny Mehta and …

Tom Robbins Lost Interview

In PBS’ latest episode of Blank on Blank, which sets lost interview recordings to colorful animation, renowned serio-comedy author Tom Robbins takes us through the mind of a writer. Through a previously unheard interview with Tod Mesirow from 1994, Robbins discusses one of his first stories involving a stranded pilot and brown cow, why he destroyed his typewriter with a two-by-four, and his dreams of …