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Book review: Justice Scalia’s living words – SCOTUSblog (blog)

Friday, October 27, 2017

What makes an American is not the name or the blood or even the  place of birth, but the belief in the principles of freedom and equality that this country stands for. — Antonin Scalia (1986) If one would know Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, one must read his memorable speeches, especially his Civil War addresses. The same holds true for Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia: If you would know Scalia the man, read…

Bill O’Reilly is dropped by literary agency – Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bill O’Reilly has been dropped by his literary agency. “We no longer represent Bill O’Reilly for future deals,” William Morris Entertainment announced Thursday. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.” O’Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani said there was no comment “at the moment.” O’Reilly’s publisher, Henry Holt & Company, did not immediately respond to…

Doki Doki Literature Club! hides a gruesome horror game under its cute surface – PC Gamer

Friday, October 27, 2017

From the pastel portraits of its doe-eyed schoolgirls to the gentle melodies of its playful soundtrack, every aspect of Team Salvato’s Doki Doki Literature Club! draws you into the world of the ultra-traditional dating sim, where cuteness lurks around every corner and true love is almost impossible to avoid.  There’s a substantial fanbase for conventional Japanese date-’em-ups like Clannad, but this game’s true lure lies in the horrors that lurk…

Bill O’Reilly is dropped by literary agency – Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bill O’Reilly has been dropped by his literary agency. “We no longer represent Bill O’Reilly for future deals,” William Morris Entertainment announced Thursday. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.” O’Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani said there was no comment “at the moment.” O’Reilly’s publisher, Henry Holt & Company, did not immediately respond to…

Book review: Justice Scalia’s living words – SCOTUSblog (blog)

Friday, October 27, 2017

What makes an American is not the name or the blood or even the  place of birth, but the belief in the principles of freedom and equality that this country stands for. — Antonin Scalia (1986) If one would know Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, one must read his memorable speeches, especially his Civil War addresses. The same holds true for Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia: If you would know Scalia the man, read…

Book review: Justice Scalia’s living words – SCOTUSblog (blog)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

What makes an American is not the name or the blood or even the  place of birth, but the belief in the principles of freedom and equality that this country stands for. — Antonin Scalia (1986) If one would know Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, one must read his memorable speeches, especially his Civil War addresses. The same holds true for Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia: If you would know Scalia the man, read…

Kampot literary festival hopes to revive Cambodia’s lost art of storytelling – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cambodia has long wooed visitors with its ancient temples and Phnom Penh’s chaotic charms, but next week the southern coastal town of Kampot will be in the spotlight as it hosts the Kampot Readers and Writers Festival (running from 1-5 November). A sister event to Bali’s literary festival, held in Ubud each October, the five-day event, now in its third year, was set up to nurture Cambodia’s storytelling culture. It’s…

Book review: Justice Scalia’s living words – SCOTUSblog (blog)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

What makes an American is not the name or the blood or even the  place of birth, but the belief in the principles of freedom and equality that this country stands for. — Antonin Scalia (1986) If one would know Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, one must read his memorable speeches, especially his Civil War addresses. The same holds true for Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia: If you would know Scalia the man, read…

Stranger Than Fiction: The Best True-Crime Stories – New York Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Joe Corbett was more impressed with Ad’s position than Ad was. A plotter and a planner who didn’t think robbing a bank was worth the effort, Corbett picked a softer target, and on the morning of Feb. 9, 1960, he intercepted Ad at the Turkey Creek Bridge as he was driving to work. Somehow, the kidnapping turned into what may have been an accidental killing, leading to “the largest U.S….

Book review: Toni Morrison’s ‘The Origin of Others’ – The Dartmouth

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Morrison’s latest nonfiction work delves into the concept of Othering through history. by Jordan McDonald | 10/26/17 12:10am In one of my favorite memoirs, “Negroland,” acclaimed critic and professor Margo Jefferson offers an account of her life as a Southern upper middle-class Black woman in the 50s and 60s, reflecting on the confounding nature of racial categorization as a process which has saturated the lives of Black Americans. Jefferson asks…

Reader Idea | Teaching History and Classic Literature With Times Articles – New York Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Teacher: Karen Gold (who teaches an American studies class with her school’s history department chairwoman, Erin O’Connell ) School: The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, Mass. Grade level: High school juniors Why we chose it: Not only are these great ideas anyone who teaches these texts might use, but we enjoyed the way Ms. Gold wove in her students’ thoughts and reactions to the various pieces. _________ What Ms. Gold did and…

Book review: Toni Morrison’s ‘The Origin of Others’ – The Dartmouth

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Morrison’s latest nonfiction work delves into the concept of Othering through history. by Jordan McDonald | 10/26/17 12:10am In one of my favorite memoirs, “Negroland,” acclaimed critic and professor Margo Jefferson offers an account of her life as a Southern upper middle-class Black woman in the 50s and 60s, reflecting on the confounding nature of racial categorization as a process which has saturated the lives of Black Americans. Jefferson asks…

Russian revolutionaries’ children ‘read classic fiction, not Marx’ – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Communist party elite and their families eschewed Soviet texts on their bedside tables for the works of western writers such as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and even Oscar Wilde, according to an in-depth study by the historian Yuri Slezkine. Researching Moscow’s House of Government, a huge apartment block where hundreds of top communist officials lived with their families in the 1930s before Stalin’s Great Purges, Slezkine conducted dozens of…

Kampot literary festival hopes to revive Cambodia’s lost art of storytelling – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cambodia has long wooed visitors with its ancient temples and Phnom Penh’s chaotic charms, but next week the southern coastal town of Kampot will be in the spotlight as it hosts the Kampot Readers and Writers Festival (running from 1-5 November). A sister event to Bali’s literary festival, held in Ubud each October, the five-day event, now in its third year, was set up to nurture Cambodia’s storytelling culture. It’s…

Ghastly Halloween gifts for the literary witch or warlock – Seattle Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Looking for the perfect Halloween gift for the nasty woman in your haunted house? Try “Literary Witches” (Seal, $20). It’s an enchanted anthology of 30 great female writers — from Anaïs Nin to Zora Neale Hurston. Each one is captured in a folkloric illustration by Katy Horan and then, on the facing page, illuminated with a bewitching description by Taisia Kitaiskaia. These mini biographies — “the hexen text” — are…

Book review: Toni Morrison’s ‘The Origin of Others’ – The Dartmouth

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Morrison’s latest nonfiction work delves into the concept of Othering through history. by Jordan McDonald | 55 minutes ago In one of my favorite memoirs, “Negroland,” acclaimed critic and professor Margo Jefferson offers an account of her life as a Southern upper middle-class Black woman in the 50s and 60s, reflecting on the confounding nature of racial categorization as a process which has saturated the lives of Black Americans. Jefferson…

Russian revolutionaries’ children ‘read classic fiction, not Marx’ – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Communist party elite and their families eschewed Soviet texts on their bedside tables for the works of western writers such as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and even Oscar Wilde, according to an in-depth study by the historian Yuri Slezkine. Researching Moscow’s House of Government, a huge apartment block where hundreds of top communist officials lived with their families in the 1930s before Stalin’s Great Purges, Slezkine conducted dozens of…

Fact or fiction: Do redheads feel more pain? – PBS NewsHour

Thursday, October 26, 2017

As a ballet dancer in a former life, countless rehearsal hours in pointe shoes once landed me in a podiatrist’s office with a particularly inflamed ingrown toenail. To my surprise – and the doctor’s – a typical injection of local anesthesia did nothing to numb the searing pain as his knife dug into my big toe. It was not until a second full injection made my toe the size of…

‘Science fiction’: Cuban officials dismiss claims of sonic attack on US … – The Guardian

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cuban officials investigating US complaints of mysterious incidents that sickened American diplomats in Havana have described allegations of sonic attacks as “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” and refusing to cooperate fully with Cuba’s inquiry. Donald Trump said last week he believed Havana was responsible for 24 diplomats being harmed. Washington expelled 15 Cuban diplomats and recalled more than half the US diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier in October….