Books

With Literary Support, Xerox Asserts Its Modern Relevance – New York Times

Monday, October 23, 2017

“They had a cultural footprint as a brand that was pretty big and vivid,” said Kevin O’Neill, an advertising professor at Syracuse University. But the company has had to reinvent itself as other tech companies have caught up. Xerox was looking for a way to reinforce its longtime role as an essential part of office life while producing something culturally significant. Photo “Speaking of Work,” which includes essays, short stories…

Doki Doki Literature Club is an uncontrollably horrific visual novel – Polygon

Sunday, October 22, 2017

During the fall season, I spend a lot of time searching for fresh scares. I’m immune to haunted houses and horror movies, because neither one force me out of my comfort zone. I know that movies will progress without my input; even if I’m shrinking back a bit in my seat, it’ll keep moving, and I can live out the full experience. As for haunted houses, with the exception of…

Leave Novelists Out of Fiction | by Tim Parks | NYR Daily | The New … – The New York Review of Books

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Private Collection/Portal Painters/Bridgeman ImagesJonathan Wolstenholme: Shakespearean Scholar, 2003 Why do we have so many novels and films featuring writers and artists? Films abound—Amadeus, Picasso, Turner, Oscar Wilde, Neruda, Leopardi. In fiction we have, among others, Michael Cunningham’s Virginia Woolf in The Hours, Colm Tóibín’s Henry James in The Master. And now the English novelist Jo Baker has dramatized the war years of Samuel Beckett. What is the attraction? With intriguing…

Leave Novelists Out of Fiction – The New York Review of Books

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Private Collection/Portal Painters/Bridgeman ImagesJonathan Wolstenholme: Shakespearean Scholar, 2003 Why do we have so many novels and films featuring writers and artists? Films abound—Amadeus, Picasso, Turner, Oscar Wilde, Neruda, Leopardi. In fiction we have, among others, Michael Cunningham’s Virginia Woolf in The Hours, Colm Tóibín’s Henry James in The Master. And now the English novelist Jo Baker has dramatized the war years of Samuel Beckett. What is the attraction? With intriguing…

Publishing company apologizes for textbook that includes theories some call racist – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Saturday, October 21, 2017

“Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning” contained a section titled “Cultural Differences in Response to Pain” that detailed how various groups, such as Arabs, Asians and Jews, deal with pain. 

Why Only The Brave director Joseph Kosinski left science fiction – The Verge

Saturday, October 21, 2017

When director Joseph Kosinski made his 2010 feature debut with Tron: Legacy, he was almost instantly heralded as an impressive visual stylist with impeccable attention to detail. He solidified that reputation with his follow-up, Oblivion, another science fiction tale — this time starring Tom Cruise — with impressive visual aspirations, even if it didn’t quite land from a narrative perspective. Along with other newcomers like Neill Blomkamp, Kosinski appeared to…

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media – The New York Times – New York Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Agents with links to the Russian government set up an endless array of fake accounts and websites and purchased a slew of advertisements on Google and Facebook, spreading dubious claims that seemed intended to sow division all along the political spectrum — “a cultural hack,” in the words of one expert. Yet the psychology behind social media platforms — the dynamics that make them such powerful vectors of misinformation in…

Doki Doki Literature Club’s Horror Was Born From A Love-Hate Relationship With Anime – Kotaku

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. “People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game,” he said, “only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very…

Fact or Fiction: Predictions for Seahawks – Giants.com (blog)

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Giants.com staff debates Big Blue topics heading into Sunday’s game:   Orleans Darkwa will rush for 100 yards against the Seahawks. 

 John Smeelk – Fiction:The Giants will run for 100 yards as a team, but I don’t believe Orleans Darkwa will get 100 yards as an individual. Last week, the plan was for Darkwa and Gallman to split carries, but Darkwa ended up getting a lot more because he…

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media – New York Times

Friday, October 20, 2017

Agents with links to the Russian government set up an endless array of fake accounts and websites and purchased a slew of advertisements on Google and Facebook, spreading dubious claims that seemed intended to sow division all along the political spectrum — “a cultural hack,” in the words of one expert. Yet the psychology behind social media platforms — the dynamics that make them such powerful vectors of misinformation in…

Post-Truth, book review: The facts about ‘alternative facts’ – ZDNet

Friday, October 20, 2017

Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World • by James Ball • Biteback Publishing • 306 pages • ISBN: 978-1-785-90214-7 • £9.99 The opposite of truth isn’t lies; it’s bullshit. Liars are still invested in the difference between truth and fiction, whether their lying is a means to an end, a habit, or a pathology. Bullshitters don’t care what’s true, and can therefore be far more damaging, as Buzzfeed reporter James…

Post-Truth, book review: The facts about ‘alternative facts’ – ZDNet

Friday, October 20, 2017

Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World • by James Ball • Biteback Publishing • 306 pages • ISBN: 978-1-785-90214-7 • £9.99 The opposite of truth isn’t lies; it’s bullshit. Liars are still invested in the difference between truth and fiction, whether their lying is a means to an end, a habit, or a pathology. Bullshitters don’t care what’s true, and can therefore be far more damaging, as Buzzfeed reporter James…

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind – NPR

Friday, October 20, 2017

The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death….

‘Historical Fiction’ at Duke – Wall Street Journal

Friday, October 20, 2017

It’s become almost a punch line that the academic left seeks to label as “white supremacist” any idea they don’t like—and are unable to rebut. But a Duke University professor’s attempt to smear a giant of the economics profession hasn’t been very funny. Now the question is whether it was all the result of a simple mistake. In July this column described the reaction to “Democracy in Chains: The Deep…

What I Learned From Binge-Writing Nine Bad Novels – Lifehacker Australia

Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo via Visualhunt This year, I will write my tenth terrible novel. I do this every November; it’s part of the NaNoWriMo tradition. I’ve never published these novels, but I grow as a writer and as a human being every time I write one. Let me tell you why it’s worthwhile. What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month (or NaNo for short) is a challenge to write a 50,000-word work…

Subway Book Review: Books help us remember ‘we are part of the same human storyline’ – The Lily

Friday, October 20, 2017

Books are part of our identity. They represent our fears, our secrets, our hopes. Asking a stranger, “What are you reading?” has become my way of gaining a new perspective on life. For the past four years, I’ve talked to strangers on the New York City subway about their books and have collected hundreds of stories. In doing Subway Book Review, I’ve realized that it’s important to see what people…

Subway Book Review: Books help us remember ‘we are part of the same human storyline’ – The Lily

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Books are part of our identity. They represent our fears, our secrets, our hopes. Asking a stranger, “What are you reading?” has become my way of gaining a new perspective on life. For the past four years, I’ve talked to strangers on the New York City subway about their books and have collected hundreds of stories. In doing Subway Book Review, I’ve realized that it’s important to see what people…

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind – NPR

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death….

Real Or Fiction: Betting On Game Characters Or eSports Gamers? – Forbes

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dutch video game player (L) competes against French video game player (L) on stage, at the Palais des Congres in Bordeaux during the eSports World Convention (ESWC) Summer edition, on July 2, 2017.More than 200 professional video-game players from around the world gather during weekend of July 1 and July 2, 2017 to attend the ESWC show in Bordeaux and confirm the growing place of eSports in our leisure society….