Refugee Stories for Young Readers: Francesca Sanna’s The Journey (Public Books)

Over on Public Books today, I have a new, short piece on Francesca Sanna’s The Journey, a.k.a. one of the best picture books published last year.  If you have yet to read it, check out “Refugee Stories for Young Readers” (my essay), which includes some images from the book.  In the piece, I observe that As Francesca Sanna’s…

Happy π Day from Nine Kinds of Pie

π Day is upon us once again!  Here are 3.14 pieces of Pi (as it were). 1. The π sculpture in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Niall Kennedy. 2. π to 1000 decimal places 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078 16406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582 23172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442 88109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486104 54326648213393607260249141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254 09171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727 03657595919530921861173819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857 52724891227938183011949129833673362440656643086021394946395224737190 70217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714 52635608277857713427577896091736371787214684409012249534301465495853 71050792279689258923542019956112129021960864034418159813629774771309 96051870721134999999837297804995105973173281609631859502445945534690 83026425223082533446850352619311881710100031378387528865875332083814 20617177669147303598253490428755468731159562863882353787593751957781 8577805321712268066130019278766111959092164201989 This website lists π out to its one…

Firearms and Fascists: Does the Kansas House believe in democracy?

For nearly two months (since January 18th), Representative John Barker — the chair of the Kansas House’s Federal and State Affairs Committee — has refused to bring House Bill 2074 to the full Kansas House so that the entire chamber can vote on it.  The bill extends universities’ and hospital’s exemption for campus carry, and it’s a…

Seuss’s Matilda: Horton’s Ancestor

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!  To celebrate the 113th anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birth, here are two things Seussian. 1. The True Story of Horton Hatches the Egg When asked how he came up with the idea of Horton Hatches the Egg (1940), Seuss would often give an answer like this (from a September 1972 interview): Horton Hatches…