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Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Selects 19 Musical Theatre Writers – American Theatre

Saturday, May 20, 2017

RHINEBECK, N.Y.: The Rhinebeck Writers Retreat has announced the 19 writers and nine new musicals selected for its annual summer development program. The writing teams will each have a week-long residency in a private home in the Hudson Valley. Transportation and food is provided, and each of the teams will receive a $500 stipend. The nine musicals were selected from a pool of 113 applications by a panel of new musical experts….

Amazon made a small change to the way it sells books. Publishers … – Vox

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Very recently, Amazon made a small, barely noticeable tweak to the way it sells books. And that little tweak has publishers very, very worried. The change has to do with what Amazon calls the “Buy Box.” That’s the little box on the right-hand side of Amazon product pages that lets you buy stuff through the company’s massive retail enterprise. It looks like this: Why, a box that lets you buy!…

French prime minister’s novels put attitude to women in spotlight – The Guardian

Saturday, May 20, 2017

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, may have written several unpublished novels inspired by everything from the Spanish conquest of Mexico to the life of a Paris pianist, but it is the literary endeavours of his newly appointed government that have come under the spotlight this week. Nine of its members have published books, from political essays and historical biographies to pulp fiction and political crime thrillers. The culture minister heads…

Kids can get books with their McDonald’s Happy Meals — but only in Canada – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, May 20, 2017

What’s Canada got that America hasn’t got? National healthcare, a prime minister who can explain quantum computing — and books in its McDonald’s Happy Meals. The Huffington Post reports that books are now available with Canadian Happy Meals; families buying Happy Meals can choose books or toys for their kids. The book giveaway will be a joint project with Kids Can Press, a children’s book publisher that produces picture books…

Netflix’s new anime Blame! is an introduction to a dark science-fiction universe – The Verge

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In the second season of Netflix’s science-fiction anime Knights of Sidonia, there’s a scene where the main characters gather around a television to watch another sci-fi anime. In it, a man named Killy, clad entirely in black, uses an obscenely powerful gun to destroy a strange, masked robot. One of the viewers, a human / alien hybrid named Tsumugi, becomes visibly distressed. “What happens to Killy after this?” she worries….

French prime minister’s novels put attitude to women in spotlight – The Guardian

Saturday, May 20, 2017

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, may have written several unpublished novels inspired by everything from the Spanish conquest of Mexico to the life of a Paris pianist, but it is the literary endeavours of his newly appointed government that have come under the spotlight this week. Nine of its members have published books, from political essays and historical biographies to pulp fiction and political crime thrillers. The culture minister heads…

Literature and society – Inquirer.net

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Literature is a body of written works produced in a particular language, country, or age, with excellence of form and expression of universal or permanent interest in prose or verse. Until Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer sought to establish sociology as a separate science in the mid-19th century, society was an aggregate of individuals whose collective character can be deduced from man’s basic nature. Society in its most inclusive meaning…

Margaret Atwood: a high priestess of fiction who embraces the digital age – The Guardian

Friday, May 19, 2017

Once or twice in a generation, a novel appears that vaults out of the literary corral to become a phenomenon, familiar to people the world over who have never read the book: George Orwell’s 1984 is one and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another. So it’s perhaps not surprising that a new 10-part TV series based on the novel has struck a chord. Starring Elisabeth Moss as handmaid Offred,…

French prime minister’s novels put attitude to women in spotlight – The Guardian

Friday, May 19, 2017

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, may have written several unpublished novels inspired by everything from the Spanish conquest of Mexico to the life of a Paris pianist, but it is the literary endeavours of his newly appointed government that have come under the spotlight this week. Nine of its members have published books, from political essays and historical biographies to pulp fiction and political crime thrillers. The culture minister heads…

Netflix’s new anime Blame! is an introduction to a dark science-fiction universe – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

In the second season of Netflix’s science-fiction anime Knights of Sidonia, there’s a scene where the main characters gather around a television to watch another sci-fi anime. In it, a man named Killy, clad entirely in black, uses an obscenely powerful gun to destroy a strange, masked robot. One of the viewers, a human / alien hybrid named Tsumugi, becomes visibly distressed. “What happens to Killy after this?” she worries….

This is your rare opportunity to buy a dip in Apple, trader says – CNBC

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Google’s Perfect Future Will Always Be Just Around The Corner – WIRED

Friday, May 19, 2017

As expected, the opening keynote of Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference was a doozy. For two and a half hours, CEO Sundar Pichai and a handful of execs rattled off a staggering list of futuristic features and products: A camera that understands what it sees! AI tools a high-schooler can use to help detect cancer! An omniscient, omnipresent virtual assistant! Independent, incredible, immersive virtual reality! To watch the address was to feel…

Google wants AI to manage my relationships, and that might be a good thing – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

When Google said that not sharing photographs of your friends made you “kind of a terrible person” at this year’s I/O keynote, I bristled. The idea that its new Google Photos app would automatically suggest I share pictures with specific people sounded dystopian, especially because so much of the keynote seemed geared toward getting Google’s AI systems to help maintain relationships. Want to answer an email without even thinking about…

Apple is fighting legislation that would let you repair your own iPhone – CNBC

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Google made a site that shows how millions of people draw the same object – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Back in November, Google released artificial intelligence experiment that asks you to draw a random object and see if the neural network can identify your doodle. Quick, Draw! was eventually turned into a tool that transformed drawings into clip art based on the best results it got, helping people add a visual icon to their work without requiring any particular artistic talent. Alongside Google I/O this week, Google has now…

Amazon made a small change to the way it sells books. Publishers are terrified. – Vox

Friday, May 19, 2017

Very recently, Amazon made a small, barely noticeable tweak to the way it sells books. And that little tweak has publishers very, very worried. The change has to do with what Amazon calls the “Buy Box.” That’s the little box on the right-hand side of Amazon product pages that lets you buy stuff through the company’s massive retail enterprise. It looks like this: Why, a box that lets you buy!…

Start the presses: Indie publishing on the rise – Santa Fe New Mexican

Friday, May 19, 2017

Patricide The City, Awake Occident The Shaky Phase We need small presses to keep literature vital, because the corporations owned by Rupert Murdoch or CBS, for example, aren’t particularly interested in literature. — publisher James Reich Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 5:00 am Start the presses: Indie publishing on the rise Molly Boyle The Santa Fe New Mexican The rumors of independent book publishing’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, if…

Amazon’s new bestseller list tracks what people are actually reading – The Verge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Today, Amazon is launching a new bestseller list called Amazon Charts, which will track the top 20 books that have sold the best on any given week and the 20 books being read the most. While Amazon already has a number of hourly bestseller lists across a broad range of genres, this list will provide a more stable snapshot of the week’s bestselling and best-read books. The list will be…

Fact or Fiction: Eli’s best ever WR unit? – Giants.com (blog)

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Giants.com staff debates if this year’s WR unit is Eli Manning’s best in Fact or Fiction:  Eli Manning currently has the best group of weapons in his career.   JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact – The 2006 group of Plaxico Burress, Jeremy Shockey, Amani Toomer and Tiki Barber are in consideration here, but the team didn’t have a significant third wide receiver, so they lose out. The 2011 group is next but…