a doctor cuts into his own brain to look at language (primemind)

In the year 2051, the Chinese have a space elevator. Lamb chops, Irish coffee, and sexual pleasure are all consumed via hologram. And, thanks to the research and innovations of neuroscientists like Dr. Phil Kennedy, canned brains housed in life support machines are being shot into outer space in hopes of reconstituting a human population on new planets. MORE

neil summerour (communication arts)

On a warm Saturday afternoon in tiny, rural Jefferson, Georgia, Neil Summerour welcomes me into his family’s home. He leads me past a bathroom with ornate chalk lettering on the walls bearing pithy advice for proper toilet use (“If at first you don’t succeed, flush again”) down the staircase into a subterranean space lined with all manner of tools and trinkets: Transformers action figures, Japanese weapons and physics textbooks alongside Type Directors Club annuals and kid-scrawled crayon doodles pinned up caddy-corner from Summerour’s hand-drawn letterforms. We’re in the midst of what Summerour affectionately refers to as his “mad scientist’s laboratory”—the studio where he spends countless hours crafting his own versions of the alphabet, again and again. MORE

Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens Its Doors to Atlanta [Architectural Record]

Five decades ago, the powerful sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reverberated inside the halls of Ebenezer Baptist Church, inspiring a generation of civil rights activists who shared his dreams of equality. This summer, less than 2 miles from the neighborhood where Dr. King made history, the civil rights movement is experiencing a rebirth with the opening of the long-awaited National Center for Civil and Human Rights. MORE

Catching Up With Augusten Burroughs [Paste] 

Augusten Burroughs overshares. For almost a decade, the ubiquitous author has plundered his personal life to spit out three memoirs and three collections of personal stories, in addition to a novel. But he says he’s not doing it for the money. MORE

Our Date With Rainn Wilson [Sunday Paper]

We chewed the fat (literally) with Wilson over breakfast last month, just moments after he  was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, as he flirted with us and discussed Oompa-Loompa erotica. MORE

this web series explores dating, disappointment, and falling in love with a jar of yeast [munchies]

When you say you looove food, do you really, truly mean it? Like… would you marry it? Marie Constantinesco, creator and star of new web series My Life In Sourdough, just might. Her semi-autobiographical series, which recently made an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows the dating debacles of an unlucky-in-love French girl whose love for all things culinary surpasses her interest in men. After a few misfires, Jeanne eventually finds true companionship in the most unexpected of places: a jar of sourdough starter named Fluffy. MORE

Meet Taria & Ashley, Atlanta's Sugar-Coated Radicals [Scoutmob]

Taria and her business partner, Ashley Henson, are selling a sweet revolution out of a tiny white cottage at the end of a dead-end street, and Atlantans are starting to catch on. Seeking to change the model of cacao and sugar commerce, improve farmers’ quality of life, end unethical practices in trade, and generally shake things up a little… one lollipop at a time? It’s a revolution we can get behind. MORE

Uncovering History at Ponce City Market [Scoutmob]

It's the largest brick structure in the Southeastern United States; it's been a fixture on the urban landscape for nearly a century; and, up until two summers ago, those 2.1 million square feet straddling Ponce and North Avenue have sat vacant for years, hiding acre after acre of forgotten history from everyone but intrepid urban explorers and ballsyphotographers. Now, though, two years on the heels of the $27 million sale of the gargantuan structure to Jamestown Properties, the building once known as the Sears Building, now christened Ponce City Market, is slowly but surely coming back to life. MORE

This Gorgeous New Site Is Retelling The Story Of The South [Scoutmob]

Weary of the overalls-wearin', barbecue-eatin', Dixie-whistlin' good ol' boy portrayal of the South, these three Atlantans set out to give the world a different perspective of the land south of the Mason-Dixon. Thus, the Bitter Southerner was born: an exquisitely beautiful online magazine dedicated to telling—and retelling—the story of the South. MORE

Rethinking Delivery: Garnish & Gather Brings The Home-Cooking Home [Scoutmob]

Few things fill our little hearts with joy like skipping through a neighborhood farmers market—but turning that basket of heirloom peppers and artisanal chevres into an actual square meal? Easier said than done. Which is why, when we learned of a new project that aims to provide kitchens with every single ingredient you need to create a delicious, seasonal, completely local meal, we were curious. And hungry. But mostly curious. MORE


It all started when Brian Preston discovered a small tent city of homeless men living a stone’s throw from his neighborhood in Douglasville. After striking up a friendship with them, he had a revelation: food handouts and firewood were, of course, helpful, but what would really help these men? A job, sure, but something more. A passion, maybe—a craft. MORE


When one of ATL's noblest group of do-gooders teams up with one of ATL's greatest chefs, you know some magic's about to happen. And as far as we're concerned, anything that allows us to gorge on tacos and feel good about it definitely sounds magical. That's pretty much the premise behindPeople's Food Truck, the latest addition to the local food truck milieu: amazing food that helps one local nonprofit continue to do amazing work in the inner city. (See also: fried chicken on a doughnut.) MORE


Atlanta is a city of many things: tangled freeways, fanny-packed tourists, grade-A parking enforcement... but a lush food forest where plump persimmons and juicy blackberries are waiting 'round every corner, ripe for the picking? One might not think so, but the volunteers behindConcrete Jungle are seeing our urban forest for the (fruit) trees. MORE


Two years ago, we met Zach and Cristina Meloy as they scurried around a tiny makeshift kitchen at the Goat Farm, garnishing bowls of chilled corn soup as 10 curious strangers sat around a farm table, sipping cocktails and wondering what exactly this whole "underground supper club" thing was all about. One year ago, we wished PushStart Kitchen a happy anniversary, and also wished that the next year might bring Atlanta our very own PushStart restaurant. Today, it's looking like our wish — and the Meloys' dream — is about to come true. MORE


There are good corner stores, and there are good neighbors. And then, there are both. When Alison and Alphonzo, the brother-sister duo behindBoxcar Grocer, set up shop in Castleberry Hill at the beginning of the year, they became the first real place in the area where people could buy food that didn't come in a can, creating an oasis of good food amidst a desert of convenience stores. But beyond organic veggies and all-natural soaps, Boxcar has also brought a healthy dose of community to the 'hood. And they're working to spread the neighborly Boxcar goodness around. MORE