Reading of the world, and then going to see it

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Russ Crawford

Growing up in the isolated small town of Ainsworth, Nebraska, which actually celebrates The Middle of Nowhere Days each summer, it was easy to feel a bit cut off from the world. With only two television channels (CBS and PBS), and a few radio stations, books were a primary gateway for me to the wider world. Continue Reading ›

From Bookworm to Spacewalker: How Books Helped Make Me an Astronaut

Clayton C. Anderson

Clayton C. Anderson

I’m not sure how I –being a 56-year old retired astronaut– would survive as a young person in today’s ever-changing world. Continue Reading ›

Books in Play: Sources for a Life

Thomas Henricks

Thomas Henricks

Why do lives turn in some directions and not others? That question is of special pertinence to academics who decide, presumably without coercion, to focus their energies on often highly specialized topics. Continue Reading ›