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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…

Amazon’s Latest Way Into Your Life Is Through the Front Door – New York Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who specializes in legal issues related to technology, said Amazon’s new service relies on the same kind of trust homeowners commonly extend to services to which they hand over their keys. But he said those agreements often involve in-person interactions, which won’t happen when homeowners allow Amazon to unlock its doors. “It raises questions about how do you specify 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 | 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….

Amazon’s Latest Way Into Your Life Is Through the Front Door – New York Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who specializes in legal issues related to technology, said Amazon’s new service relies on the same kind of trust homeowners commonly extend to services to which they hand over their keys. But he said those agreements often involve in-person interactions, which won’t happen when homeowners allow Amazon to unlock its doors. “It raises questions about how do you specify and…

So Where Are the New JD Salinger Books We Were Promised? – New York Times

Thursday, October 26, 2017

But it is almost 2018 and no books have been released. So where are they? “Yeah, what came of those?” Matthew Salinger, the author’s son, said in a brief phone interview this month. When the author’s widow, Colleen O’Neill, answered the phone at her home in New Hampshire this month, she said, “I’m sorry, I can’t take this phone call,” and hung up. Mr. Salinger, who controls the J. D….

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…

Goldman warns Amazon holders, predicts guidance may miss Wall Street expectations – CNBC

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Amazon debuts Cloud Cam and Key to take on Nest, August and others in home security – TechCrunch

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Amazon wants to be the hub for your connected home, and today the company announced two new products that will help it fill out that ambition, specifically in the area of home security. It announced a new “intelligent” camera called the Cloud Cam, and a new smart-lock service called Key. You control both using Alexa, the voice-based assistant that powers its line of Echo speakers and screens and connected device…

Apple denies report it told suppliers to reduce accuracy of facial recognition – CNBC

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Apple says claim that it reduced accuracy of Face ID to meet demand is ‘completely false’ – TechCrunch

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Bloomberg report today made claims that Apple had reduced its requirements from suppliers on the accuracy level of Face ID. Apple has issued a statement stating that the report is “completely false” and that it expects Face ID to be the new gold standard of facial authentication. The statement from Apple: Customer excitement for iPhone X and Face ID has been incredible, and we can’t wait for customers to…

Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills, makes them free for Prime members – TechCrunch

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

After grabbing 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market, Amazon says it’s now opening up a way for third-party developers to make money from their voice apps, known as skills, on its Alexa platform. The company announced it has introduced the ability for customers to access premium subscription content within the Jeopardy! skill – the first skill maker to receive access to the new developer tools. This is the first time…

Guest Writers on “Stranger Things,” Season 2 – The New Yorker (satire)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Larry David (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) EXT. WOODS Mike and Dustin stare into a portal in a hollowed-out oak tree.MIKE: On second thought, I don’t know if I’m gonna go in.DUSTIN: What do you mean? We have to find the monster.MIKE: Yes, but, when I imagined the portal to the Upside Down, it was a lot less . . . gunky.DUSTIN: Gunky?MIKE: Yeah, gunky. Look at it. It’s all ….

Outlander Star and Writers Clash Over Controversial Book Change – Vanity Fair

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This post contains a frank discussion of Outlander Season 3, Episode 6: “A. Malcolm.” If you’ve not yet watched the latest episode of Starz’s time-traveling Scottish romance, now is the time to leave. There’s trouble in lovers’ paradise: Outlander star Sam Heughan and the writers of the series have taken their disagreement over a change to a popular, beloved book scene public. It seems Heughan went off script—and it’s not…

Top 10 books about pastoral life – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cows have a bad public image these days – in books and elsewhere – mostly due to their methane emissions. But so much that is written about farming today lacks any real understanding of animal sentience on the one hand – or of why we can’t just plough up all grassland for crops, on the other. My own contribution to this perennial debate came about by accident. I was persuaded…

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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