Jul 27th 2019

Huck meets Kim · Rudyard Kipling and the American imagination

Huck meets Kim · Rudyard Kipling and the American imagination

He thought he was the man to write the Great American Novel If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. By Christopher Benfey. Penguin Press; 256 pages; $28. “KIM”, RUDYARD KIPLING’S tale of an Anglo-Irish boy’s journey through British India (published in 1901), recalls another literary odyssey. Huckleberry Finn floats down the Mississippi river with Jim, a runaway …

Gaia meets · AI Cyborgs will save humanity, says James Lovelock

Gaia meets · AI Cyborgs will save humanity, says James Lovelock

A distinguished centenarian scientist prophesies the future Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence. By James Lovelock with Bryan Appleyard. The MIT Press; 160 pages; $22.95. Allen Lane; £14.99. “MY FATHER WAS, in many ways, a hunter-gatherer,” recalls James Lovelock on the patio of his cottage above Chesil Beach, on England’s south coast. In a poor household, the …