Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
As you know, we’re big fans of Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” here at Salon. (Check out our “Freedom” Reading Club here.) But we’re not the only ones to have loved the book: “Freedom” has gotten raves from almost every major new outlet. But the most entertaining review we’ve seen is definitely this hilarious Ron Charles video for the Washington Post. In his video review, Charles expertly pokes fun at Franzen’s less-effective stylistic tendencies, the hype surrounding the book, and his own video book reviewing (“You need book criticism that’s fast, fun, and incredibly hip”). If you’re going to spend 4 minutes watching anything about Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom,” you’ll want to spend them watching this.
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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.
The Salon Reading Club is an opportunity for Salon readers to come together and discuss a new book. At noon on Saturdays, Laura Miller kicks things off with an article about the book, and readers continue the discussion in the comments.
Our second pick is Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Here's the schedule: Along the way, we'll collect questions for author Jonathan Franzen. At the end of the month, we'll select the best questions and Franzen will respond.
• Saturday, September 4: Pages 1 through 187
• Saturday, September 11: Pages 187 through 382
• Saturday, September 18: Pages 382 through 562
Here's the schedule:
Along the way, we'll collect questions for author Jonathan Franzen. At the end of the month, we'll select the best questions and Franzen will respond.