Mark Molesky, author of “This Gulf of Fire,” on the three-act disaster that destroyed Lisbon in 1755.
On All Saints’ Day in 1755, the capital of Portugal was devastated by a combination earthquake-tsunami-firestorm. “People thought it was Judgment Day and that the world was coming to an end,” says Molesky. Read More
Salvador Alvarenga would not have survived for fourteen months in an open, twenty-five-foot boat if not for the voluminous amounts of trash in the Pacific Ocean.
Adrift for 438 days, Salvador Alvarenga’s resilience, ingenuity, and determination allowed him to stay alive, with a huge assist from ordinary household garbage. Read More
How Much Is That Click, Clack Worth?
Richard Polt’s new “typist’s companion” illustrates how and why people are embracing typewriters—a symbol of resistance against the over-digitization of our lives.
“The Typewriter Revolution” contains all you need to know about typewriting in the early twenty-first century. Read More
Ed Regis on the hydrogen airship and other “pathological technologies.”
Twenty-six hydrogen airships were destroyed in fiery accidents prior to the Hindenburg disaster. Why did such a flawed technology persist in the face of repeated catastrophic failures? Read More