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Nobel literature prize: Honoring the elusive ‘ideal’ – Washington Post

Monday, October 02, 2017

STOCKHOLM — When Alfred Nobel established the literature prize in his name, he perhaps could have benefited from an editor. The terms of his will leave the prize’s exact intentions tantalizingly vague — making the literature award one of the most debated and entertaining of the Nobel Prizes. The Swedish industrialist said he wanted the prize to recognize “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the…

Found: The Earliest Known Work of Fiction by Ernest Hemingway – Atlas Obscura

Monday, October 02, 2017

A page from Hemingway’s notebook. Courtesy of Sandra Spanier Ernest Hemingway was once a 10-year-old boy, and he was already trying to write. In 1909, he was checking maps and learning about landmarks in Ireland and Scotland, because he wanted his story of a fictional journey to sound true. This early work—the earliest known example of the famous author’s fiction—was recently rediscovered in a freezer bag, stashed inside an ammunition…

William Gibson’s New Graphic Novel Takes Nuclear Anxiety to Its Terrifying End – WIRED

Monday, October 02, 2017

The graphic novel originally began as a screenplay co-created by Gibson and actor Michael St. John Smith, and was inspired by the shadowy and even supernatural war stories that intrigued the writer as a child. “I found my way into my own favorite aspects of it, which might be thought of as The Weird War,” Gibson says. “The history of [CIA predecessor] the OSS, of various resistance organizations, all the…

How companies draw on science fiction – Financial Times

Monday, October 02, 2017

In 1964 Sir Arthur C Clark stood in front of a BBC camera and predicted that by the year 2000 people would be able to communicate instantly with their friends, even when they had no idea where they were. The author of 2001: A Space Odyssey described a world where distance was no obstacle, and business could be conducted as easily from Haiti or Bali as from London.  Yet the…

Why Alibaba Will Reach $1 Trillion Before Amazon – Seeking Alpha

Monday, October 02, 2017

Investors betting on the technology sector have done exceptionally well in the last 3 years, with the sector (NYSE:XLK) outperforming the broader market (NYSE:SPY) by 21%. The demographics of tech investors are skewed towards the younger generation. In fact, if you ask any investors under the age of 40, an overwhelming and unsurprising majority will tell you that they have one or more holdings in FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Amazon,…

Google relaxes rules on free news stories, plans subscription tools – CNBC

Monday, October 02, 2017

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Apple iOS 11.0.1 Starts Causing Problems – Forbes

Monday, October 02, 2017

Apple iOS 11 has problems. My iOS 11 upgrade guide warned users to hold off as serious email and battery life issues arose. To its credit, Apple recognised this by rushing out iOS 11.0.1 as a fix, but now it has started causing more problems than it is fixes… Both Reddit and Apple’s official @applesupport Twitter account are currently being swamped with complaints about Apple’s latest iOS update. Furthermore it’s…

Sony is releasing a new PlayStation VR headset with a slightly simpler, better design – The Verge

Monday, October 02, 2017

A year after its launch, Sony is updating the design of the PlayStation VR headset, streamlining things a little bit and removing the previous imposition of having to disconnect the unit in order to view HDR content on the PS4 console. The new PlayStation VR headset model is distinguishable by the relocation of its headphone jack from the wire hanging from the headset to the back of the unit, making…

Amazon’s quest to become the next Apple – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, October 02, 2017

“What we’ve done here with Amazon is to offer a huge opportunity to add what you do outside the car in your personal life into the vehicle,” says Thom Brenner, head of digital services at BMW. The in-car version of Alexa will connect to devices in an owner’s home to let them perform tasks while they drive, such as opening the garage door, turning on the heating and starting the…

The 100 Best nonfiction books: No 87 – A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1739) – The Guardian

Monday, October 02, 2017

The career of the Scottish philosopher David Hume is a parable of the writing life that speaks with eloquence about the strange and inexplicable progress of ideas in the marketplace of free debate. His career, moreover, is one that runs almost to the day he died, in 1776, just after the outbreak of the American revolution. Hume was born and educated in Edinburgh, the son of a successful lawyer, and…

Andrew O’Hagan’s 6 favorite books – The Week Magazine

Monday, October 02, 2017

Underworld by Don DeLillo (Scribner, $20). Few writers have a genuine sense of social sweep — of how to manage a large vision of society sentence by sentence — but DeLillo’s masterpiece makes you believe that a novelist can wield magical powers. All of his books depict the individual struggling with gigantic forces, and I return to him often. His talent is of the kind that drives other writers forward….

How have black writers responded to Trump’s NFL attack? – Aljazeera.com

Monday, October 02, 2017

Over the last week, US President Donald Trump lashed out at players who have been taking a knee during the customary national anthem at NFL games. While speaking in the US state of Alabama on September 22, Trump decried the protests, calling for National Football League (NFL) owners to fire “any son of a b****” who “disrespects our flag”. The following day, many NFL players knelt…

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris review – sumptuous – The Guardian

Monday, October 02, 2017

In 2007, the new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary introduced new words such as “broadband” while others, describing the natural world, disappeared. The dictionary’s guidelines require that it reflect “the current frequency of words in daily language of children”. However, the philosopher AJ Ayer introduced a generation to the notion that unless we have a word for something, we are unable to conceive of it, and that there is…

The Publishing Entrepreneur Who Has The Technology To Find The Next JK Rowling – Forbes

Monday, October 02, 2017

Author J.K. Rowling/Photo credit Joel Ryan/Invision/AP What turns a great story into a bestselling book? Is it good connections in the publishing world, dogged perseverance, or luck? The question has frustrated authors for decades, including the likes of J.K. Rowling whilst seeking a publisher for her ‘Harry Potter’ book, and a conclusive answer has remained as elusive as ever, up until now. Berlin-based book publisher Inkitt has devised a sophisticated algorithm…

Book review: Graphic poetry illuminates Arab concerns – mySanAntonio.com

Monday, October 02, 2017

Caption Close Both titles include ampersands — not their only commonality — although they are entirely different collections. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s first book stands as defiantly as the cover image by Jehad Saftawi, picturing a doorway and a partial front wall of a demolished home. This unbelievable reality is rendered in “DHAYAA’” — Arabic for “loss”). The complete poem follows: “In my language/the word for loss is a wide-open cry,/a…

SI Newhouse Jr., Who Turned Condé Nast Into a Magazine Powerhouse, Dies at 89 – New York Times

Monday, October 02, 2017

But when Mr. Newhouse deemed a magazine’s direction “screwy,” he didn’t hesitate to fire editors, sometimes so maladroitly that they first found out about their dismissals on television or in the gossip columns. Newhouse magazines were criticized for exalting the rich and famous through articles that gave their personal foibles and professional exploits equal importance. But as circulation and advertising revenues at his periodicals soared, other publishers took up the…

Publishing Billionaire And Condé Nast’s Longtime Chairman Si Newhouse Dies At Age 89 – Forbes

Monday, October 02, 2017

Condé Nast Billionaire media mogul and chairman emeritus of Condé Nast Samuel “Si” Newhouse, Jr. (Photo credit: Condé Nast) Billionaire media mogul and chairman emeritus of Condé Nast Samuel “Si” Newhouse, Jr. died early Sunday morning at age 89 after a long illness, a spokesperson for Condé Nast confirmed. In May 2016, Si’s brother Donald, with whom Si shared his media fortune, had said in a statement that his brother…

Ernest Hemingway’s first work of fiction which he wrote aged 10 found in freezer bag – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, October 02, 2017

In his story, Hemingway goes on to describe a tour of Blarney Castle, the poverty of Ireland and the appearance of thatched cottages. There are flashes of inspiration, such as a pig described by villagers as “the little fellow that pays the rent” and the occasional spelling mistake all laid out in a childish scrawl. In one of the most compelling passages, he recounts the tale of dead man who returns…

Google, Facebook may have to reveal deepest secrets – Politico

Sunday, October 01, 2017

The investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 election are threatening to pry the lid off tech companies’ most prized possessions: the secret inner workings of their online platforms. As the probes unfold into social media’s role in spreading misinformation, U.S. lawmakers are beginning to show an interest in the mechanics of everything from how Facebook weights news items to how Google ranks search results. The questions, which echo European…