Books

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

Wednesday, October 25, 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…

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

Wednesday, October 25, 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…

How I Became Good at Literary Parties – Vulture

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Cuban investigators say U.S. sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’ – Reuters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” while it refused to cooperate fully with Cuba’s enquiry. U.S. President 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 U.S. diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier…

Cuban investigators say US sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’ – Reuters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” while it refused to cooperate fully with Cuba’s enquiry. U.S. President 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 U.S. diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier…

Prominent literary editor apologizes for ‘inappropriate conduct’ amid sexual harassment allegations: reports – New York Daily News

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The former literary editor of The New Republic issued an apology to his female colleagues amid allegations of sexual harassment after his latest publication was axed. Leon Wieseltier, who spent three decades at the magazine, was accused of kissing women in the office on the mouth, discussing his sex life with them, and saying their dresses weren’t tight enough, The New York Times reported. Former New Republic…

Facts in fiction – The Hindu

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What are facts in a work of fiction? Are they to be treated as incontrovertible truth or as a licence of creative imagination? In the answers to these questions lies the key to understanding the most pressing issue currently occupying the mind space of the politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tamil Nadu. Over the past week, senior State leaders of the party have been busy ferreting out references…

Organizing Your Literature: Spreadsheet Style – Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kathleen Clarke is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter @_KathleenClarke where she tweets about graduate education, mental health, and disability. There are many different types of reference managers, including Refworks, Zotero, Endnote, and Mendeley. I’ve tried them all and none of have stuck. It’s not that there is anything wrong with them; I know folks who swear…

Cuban investigators say US sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’ – Reuters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” while it refused to cooperate fully with Cuba’s enquiry. U.S. President 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 U.S. diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier…

The literary life of voices from the dead – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I sincerely hope John Harris is correct and “the age of the automobile” is indeed “drawing to a close” (Owning a car will soon be a thing of the past, 23 October). I have a driveway outside my home and in it there is a car. But I have never learned to drive; it is my wife who faces up to that bothersome chore. She occasionally loses patience with me,…

The CW Buys Semi-Autobiographical Comedy From Writer Abby … – Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The CW has bought Bestseller, an hourlong comedy from novelist Abby McDonald, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Gary Ungar’s Exile Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by McDonald, Bestseller follows a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. When it becomes a surprise bestseller, it complicates her work life and personal relationships, and inspires her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double…

The CW Buys Semi-Autobiographical Comedy ‘Bestseller’ From Abby McDonald With Kennedy/Marshall Producing – Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The CW has bought Bestseller, an hourlong comedy from novelist Abby McDonald, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Gary Ungar’s Exile Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by McDonald, Bestseller follows a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. When it becomes a surprise bestseller, it complicates her work life and personal relationships, and inspires her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double…

Fiction That Gets AI Right – MIT Technology Review

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder for pop culture. At the movies, you’ve probably seen artificial intelligence as a menace in The Terminator or 2001: A Space Odyssey; as a near-destroyer of the world in WarGames; as our master in The Matrix; or as a companion (as in Her and in the…

The CW Buys Semi-Autobiographical Comedy ‘Bestseller’ From Abby McDonald With Kennedy/Marshall Producing – Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The CW has bought Bestseller, an hourlong comedy from novelist Abby McDonald, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Gary Ungar’s Exile Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by McDonald, Bestseller follows a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. When it becomes a surprise bestseller, it complicates her work life and personal relationships, and inspires her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double…

The CW Buys Semi-Autobiographical Comedy ‘Bestseller’ From Abby McDonald With Kennedy/Marshall Producing – Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The CW has bought Bestseller, an hourlong comedy from novelist Abby McDonald, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Gary Ungar’s Exile Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by McDonald, Bestseller follows a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. When it becomes a surprise bestseller, it complicates her work life and personal relationships, and inspires her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double…

Kirkus Reviews and the Plight of the “Problematic” Book Review – The New Yorker

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews is a magazine, though few readers of its work have ever seen a copy. Like the Michelin guides, it’s known for verdicts spread across the publishing world, bringing good books to first attention and helping to sweep aside huge piles of dross. A Kirkus review is short—fewer than four hundred words—and written to a form. There’s a one-line précis to start. There’s a paragraph of plot and character…

The CW Buys Semi-Autobiographical Comedy ‘Bestseller’ From Abby McDonald With Kennedy/Marshall Producing – Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The CW has bought Bestseller, an hourlong comedy from novelist Abby McDonald, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Gary Ungar’s Exile Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by McDonald, Bestseller follows a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. When it becomes a surprise bestseller, it complicates her work life and personal relationships, and inspires her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double…

Blockchain Technology Takes Center Stage in Science Fiction Thriller (ID)entity – Bitcoin Magazine

Monday, October 23, 2017

Philip K. Dick Award finalist (R)evolution, a 2015 near-future science fiction thriller by PJ Manney, ends with the main character’s consciousness transferred to a supercomputer, accompanied by the otherworldly notes of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”: but with the words “Commencing download: Servers on …” The story continues in the sequel, (ID)entity, the second novel in Manney’s Phoenix Horizon trilogy, published on October 10. “Major Tom” is one of the many…

Tencent unit China Literature launches up to $1.1 billion HK IPO – Reuters.com

Monday, October 23, 2017

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China Literature Ltd, China’s largest online publishing and e-book company, launched an initial public offering for up to $1.1 billion on Monday, seeking funds for acquisitions and to expand its digital publishing business. Tencent Holdings Ltd controls China Literature with a 62 percent stake. Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP owns 12.2 percent while Trustbridge Partners, a private equity firm founded by Shujun Li, the former…