Here’s your song of the day. Don’t fight it ’til you’ve tried it. Happy birthday, Gloria Estefan!
"As a creative force, student of the human heart and soul, and champion of living the life you want, Oprah Winfrey stands alone. Over the years, she has made history with a legendary talk show - the highest-rated program of its kind, launched her own television network, become the nation’s only African-American billionaire, and been awarded both an honorary degree by Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From all her experiences, she has gleaned life lessons—which, for fourteen years, she’s shared in "O, The Oprah Magazine’s" widely popular "What I Know For Sure" column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation. Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in "What I Know For Sure, " a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in "What I Know For Sure" shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again."
Please welcome the latest book by Oprah Wiiiiinfrey!
"Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can."
Before you check out Adrien Brody as Houdini tonight on the History Channel, get to know the magician himself on Mediander.
Since the Reagan administration’s report A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform (1983) declared that U.S. public schools were producing graduates who could not compete effectively with those from other countries, education reform has been an acute political priority. But the polemic about how best to educate children began centuries ago. This map looks at the struggles to make American public schools live up to their mandate to provide successful universal education.
"Most Internet users are familiar with trolling aggressive, foul-mouthed posts designed to elicit angry responses in a site’s comments. Less familiar but far more serious is the way some use networked technologies to target real people, subjecting them, by name and address, to vicious, often terrifying, online abuse. In an in-depth investigation of a problem that is too often trivialized by lawmakers and the media, Danielle Keats Citron"exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes practical, lawful ways to prevent and punish online harassment. A refutation of those who claim that these attacks are legal, or at least impossible to stop, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace" reveals the serious emotional, professional, and financial harms incurred by victims."
The Internet is the latest wild frontier—and a new book explores our latest efforts to make it a safe place for all.
A haunting tale invented by a culturally well-connected teenage girl went on to become a genre-defining literary classic and a masterpiece of cinematic horror. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein features a rogue scientist and his tragic, nameless creation, the result of his quest to reanimate dead matter and create new life. This map traverses Frankenstein’s unlikely, sometimes forbidding “terror-tory” to trace its origins and connections to more recent works that have rendered the story deathless.
"Today the name Edgar Allan Poe invokes a tragic genius whose mastery of horror seems inexorably tied to his tormented life. But in his own time, Poe was above all a craftsman—an editor and reviewer desperately trying to earn a living by transmuting the wild ephemera of early Victorianism into innovations in science fiction, horror, and detective literature. Indeed, the crime thriller would not exist without Poe’s sleuth Dupin, the deductive genius of "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter.""
In the latest Edgar Allan Poe biography, Paul Collins explores Poe’s professional life.