“How the Other Half Eats”: Sociologist Priya Fielding-Singh on food and inequality in America

Priya Fielding-Singh is the author of "How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America." The book is based on her research with 75 Bay Area families during her doctoral studies at Stanford University. (Photo courtesy of Vero Kherian) "How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America" is one of the books I've been waiting for.  Sociologist and author Priya Fielding-Singh ...

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Say hey, kids! 24 reasons why you need the new Willie Mays memoir right now

Talking with veteran Bay Area sports writer John Shea, who co-authored a fresh take on the wisdom and life lessons of the San Francisco Giants legend. Willie Mays, pictured during the earlier part of his career, while the Giants where still located in New York.(Photo by Osvaldo Salas/Collection of Rick Swig, via St. Martin’s Press) Even if you’re not a sports fanatic, odds are that earlier this year you watched some, if not ...

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Missing baseball? “The Wax Pack” is the book for your national pastime fix right now

Bay Area writer Brad Balukjian traveled the country to track down the players inside one random 1986 pack of baseball cards to ponder the sport’s soul. The cards (and players) that make up “The Wax Pack.” (Photo by Scott Greene, courtesy of Brad Balukjian) The idea itself is a slam dunk…well, er…a home run: open a sealed pack of Topps baseball cards from 1986 and track down each player inside to see what ...

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The perfectly sober comeback of…LSD?

Author (and soccer mom) Ayelet Waldman documents the progress and positivity of her “really good days” while microdosing on acid By Emily Olson Illustration by Kaz Palladino Ayelet Waldman is a self-identified Jewish mama. She carpools, sips tea and binges Netflix. She wears yoga pants regularly. She attends Pilates classes begrudgingly. A writer, she stays home most days with her labradoodle, which she admits is both a blessing and a curse. She is wife to author Michael ...

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[email protected]: Stanford explores the futurism of a centuries-old novel

From artificial intelligence to biomedical technology, the Mary Shelley classic exhibits a remarkable relevance (Illustration by Andrew Strawder) Somewhere amid the news of Facebook’s very dystopian sci-fi-sounding artificial intelligence incident this past July, it was easy enough to think of the simple but critical line delivered by Jeff Goldblum’s character in the original Jurassic Park film — “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if ...

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Reimagining the way we ask our kids, “How was your day?”

Stanford grads disrupt the children’s book formula with Goodnight News By Eva Glasrud When it comes to parenting, it can be the simple things that are most challenging, such as the basic “How was your day?” question being answered with an abrupt-sounding one-word answer. In ways that are both predictable and cliche, many parents regard a short response as a sign of growing distance or a candid indication that their child simply doesn’t ...

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Plastic droids and evil Care Bears: the (less nostalgic) story of Kenner’s Star Wars toys.

Stanford Design Professor Bill Burnett recounts his time at Kenner (and how Star Wars ruined the toy industry) By Charles Russo Partial disintegration: a couple bounty hunters short of a collection. (Photo by Charles Russo) I still have my childhood Star Wars lunchbox. It’s the same one I took to my first day of pre-school…a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away (which is to say — about 40 years ago in northern New Jersey). My lunchbox ...

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Beyond the stratosphere with breakout sci-fi author Andy Weir

The dark horse literary star discusses his new book ahead of his upcoming Mountain View event. By Mark Noack Astronauts activities during Extravehicular Activity (EV)-1. Here Astronaut Robert Stewart during Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) Exercise untethered above the Earth; February 11, 1984. (Image via NASA on FLICKR Commons) For Andy Weir, these are indeed stellar times. Just a few years ago, the Mountain View native was penning a story, between shifts as a software engineer, about an astronaut ...

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