Even people who don’t follow crime know the name Andrea Yates. On June 20, 2001—six months after giving birth to her fifth baby in seven years—the former nurse, who suffered from severe postpartum depression, drowned each child in the family bathtub. Then, she called 911: “I just killed my kids.”
Imagine spending time with murderers, digging into their childhoods to figure out what made them violent — and then convincing skeptical juries to take your conclusions into account. In his book Listening to Killers, Dr. James Garbarino reflects on 20 years spent serving as an expert witness. He told us what it’s like…
Fantasy author Silvia Hartmann is doing something rather brave: just this morning she started writing her new novel on Google Docs, and is letting the world watch over her shoulder.
This is one dilemma owners of Kindles, Nooks and iPads inevitably face: How the hell can I get my favorite author to sign that book I've got stored in my Ebook reader? Sure, you can always get him to scrawl his signature on the back of your Kindle in thick, ugly, black marker. If tacky's your style.
Anna Jane Grossman is the author of Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. She has compiled a special short list for Gizmodo: Four old gadgets we love and we'll really miss, and four we're glad are gone:
I don't know what kind of routers they sell over in the UK, but one thing's for sure, I don't want 'em. (Or maybe I do?) British author Kate Figes claims that the electromagnetic waves emitted by her wireless network made her nauseous, sick, and exhausted. To the point where walking through her front door would leave…