Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
I have a female friend who, in the course of online dating, eliminated every potential candidate who listed “The Da Vinci Code” as the last thing he’d read. Apparently, this axed a lot of men. I’ve never had a literary deal breaker, but plenty women have, as recounted in a story in the New York Times Book Review called “It’s Not You, It’s Your Books.” Salon’s own book critic, Laura Miller, is quoted as breaking up with a guy for his love of Ayn Rand: “I just thought Rand was a hilariously bad writer, and past a certain point I couldn’t hide my amusement.”
The piece, written by Rachel Donadio, is an amusing overview of that awkward situation we increasingly face in an age of personal profiles — when what you read (or watch or listen to) becomes an important part of who you are. But here’s the part that snagged my attention: Donadio writes, “Let’s face it — this may be a gender issue. Brainy women are probably more sensitive to literary deal breakers than are brainy men. (Rare is the guy who’d throw a pretty girl out of bed for revealing her imperfect taste in books.)”
So is this true? Are women more prone to this behavior than men? And if so, what’s the book that would torpedo your relationship? I had to think about this one for a bit, but I came up with a final answer: “Dianetics.”
Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon.More Sarah Hepola.
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.