Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
With a publisher like Win McCormack, how can you lose? McCormack, president of McCormack Communications in Portland, Ore., was one of the original backers of Mother Jones magazine. He also holds stock in the Nation. And now he and a couple of well-connected young New York editors, Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell, have launched Tin House, a sepia-toned literary quarterly that just hit the stands.
McCormack has the dual title of editor in chief and publisher, with the husband-and-wife team of Spillman (who writes about books for Details) and Schappell (who contributes to Vanity Fair) serving as co-editors. “The world doesn’t need another literary magazine, so this one’s got to be different,” Spillman told Salon Books. “We wanted writers to be paid well. We wanted funky features. We didn’t want it to be too trendy. We sold Win on the idea of writers writing what they feel passionate about.”
Thus, the first issue features Rick Moody on Brian Eno, Ariel Dorfman on Roman Polanski, and Francine Prose and David Gates on their favorite underappreciated books. It has Ron Carlson, David Foster Wallace and James Kelman in the fiction slots and poems by Charles Simic and C.K. Williams.
With names like those, Tin House finds itself going up in a pretty expensive neighborhood.
Craig Offman is the New York correspondent for Salon Books.More Craig Offman.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.