Kevin Revolinski

Madison author David Hillman has a theory about the ancient Greeks that may grate on a few nerves in the classical studies world. It comes down to this: Maybe Pythagoras was smoking something. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

As a child, Stella Wong couldn't go outside and play. It was the 1950s, and the communist government of China had assumed control in her village of Tai San in Guangdong Province. "In the middle of the night, they would make you kneel and tell you what to do," recalls Wong, who lived with her grandmother after her parents and brother fled the country. Read more


There's something captivating about the Ice Age. Perhaps our seemingly interminable winters make it easier to imagine ice (over a mile thick!) permanently covering the land. Woolly mammoths stomping across the terrain before a massive glacier have inspired a couple feature-length cartoons and the recent Hollywood dud 10,000 B.C. The legacy of the real Ice Age, though, is a stunning work of geological art carved across the continent. And Wisconsin takes center stage. Read more

Isthmus Summertimes

In the past few years a barrage of advertising and a parade of pretty bottles have converted what was once characterized as a rough-and-tumble local booze for Eastern European drinking binges to a classy, sippable tipple, lining the top shelf of trendy clubs and martini bars. Now vodka's gone handcrafted, and both the ingredients and the distiller may be just down the road. Read more

Isthmus Dining

It could be a commercial for Tootsie Pops - all around the classroom the students appear to be determining how many licks it takes to get to the center of one. Read more

Get Smarter

Three Madisonians have spent the last two years gradually widening that circle themselves with a series of volunteering trips. Read more

Isthmus Giving