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The Science of Dune

Smart Pop Classics: Melange

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week in “Melange” from The Science of Dune, Carol Hart, Ph.D., explores some of the consequences of mind-expanding substances like melange, as well as their unintended side-effects. Long ago and far away, I went to an experimental college in Florida,… Read more Smart Pop Classics: Melange

A Friday Night Lights Companion cover

Smart Pop Classics: Come Home: West Texas Identities

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week in “Come Home: West Texas Identifies” from A Friday Night Lights Companion, West Texas native Jacob Clifton offers a meditation on one of Friday Night Lights’ most fundamental values: being a part of something bigger than yourself 1. Texas… Read more Smart Pop Classics: Come Home: West Texas Identities

A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls cover

Smart Pop Classics’ Summer of YA Romance: Women Who Love Vampires Who Eat Women

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week, Sarah Reese Brennan dives into gender dynamics in her essay “Women Who Love Vampires Who Eat Women” from A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls.  Buffy Summers and Bella Swan. What do they have in common? I know, they… Read more Smart Pop Classics’ Summer of YA Romance: Women Who Love Vampires Who Eat Women