Mat Johnson's new book Pymis a modern-day sequel to Edgar Allen Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.Poe's 1838 novel is a sea-faring adventure where Pym and his crew land on an island, off the coast of Antarctica, populated only by black people.In an interview
After the Sept. 11 attacks, America responded immediately with a militarized strategy to defeat al-Qaida. But it quickly became clear to analysts in the Pentagon that using warfare alone couldn't counter the terrorist group.
"In fourteen-hundred-and-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," goes the old elementary school rhyme.But it was Columbus' activities in the years that followed, says writer Charles C. Mann, that really created the new world.
Glenn Carle's bosses asked him if he could go on a trip — one that would last somewhere between 30 and 60 days. His job? To interrogate a man suspected of being a top member of al-Qaida.It was 2002 and, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the U.S. was heavily engaged in its "War on Terror."
The early 20th century was the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Teams of explorers from multiple countries were fighting to be the first to reach the South Pole.The man who would ultimately get there first — in December 1911 — was the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.