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Do we need literary festivals? They’re an escape from Emojiland – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Three dates of importance in the history of Cliveden House. 1666: George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, acquires estate to build a house for mistress. Wife not too pleased. 1961: John Profumo meets and begins affair with Christine Keeler. Wife not too pleased. 2017: I attend inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival. Wife delighted. I have loved literary festivals from the first time I went to Hay-on-Wye in the 1980s and sat in…

Do we need literary festivals? They’re an escape from Emojiland – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Three dates of importance in the history of Cliveden House. 1666: George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, acquires estate to build a house for mistress. Wife not too pleased. 1961: John Profumo meets and begins affair with Christine Keeler. Wife not too pleased. 2017: I attend inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival. Wife delighted. I have loved literary festivals from the first time I went to Hay-on-Wye in the 1980s and sat in…

Philip Roth is France’s newest literary superstar. Why? – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

PARIS — Philip Roth has never lived in France, reads French literature only in translation and has never set a novel in Paris, the cliched province of the lonely urban saunterer and existential ennui. To say the least, the French do not seem to mind. This month, the aging titan of American letters won one of this country’s highest literary honors — an exceedingly rare accolade for a living author,…

Philip Roth is France’s newest literary superstar. Why? – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

PARIS — Philip Roth has never lived in France, reads French literature only in translation and has never set a novel in Paris, the cliched province of the lonely urban saunterer and existential ennui. To say the least, the French do not seem to mind. This month, the aging titan of American letters won one of this country’s highest literary honors — an exceedingly rare accolade for a living author,…

Fears of Amazon moving into prescription drug sales are already … – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos. (David Ryder/Getty Images) The possible megamerger between pharmacy giant CVS Health and health insurer Aetna would be the biggest deal of the year if it goes through. It would also create a combined company less vulnerable to disruption by Amazon, the online retail giant that has been eyeing the pharmacy business. Speculation that Amazon could get into the business of selling prescription drugs has sent…

Philip Roth is France’s newest literary superstar. Why? – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

PARIS — Philip Roth has never lived in France, reads French literature only in translation and has never set a novel in Paris, the cliched province of the lonely urban saunterer and existential ennui. To say the least, the French do not seem to mind. This month, the aging titan of American letters won one of this country’s highest literary honors — an exceedingly rare accolade for a living author,…

Amazon shares surge 13% to record above $1100 as Wall Street shocked by giant’s rapid growth – CNBC

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Amazon just added a FedEx. Stock up nearly $62 billion in a single day – CNBC

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Google no longer lets you change domains to search different countries – The Verge

Friday, October 27, 2017

You’ve long been able to get localized search results by visiting Google at different domains — like google.com for the US, google.co.uk for England, or google.co.jp for Japan — but that won’t be the case any more after today. Google said that it’ll now deliver search results relevant to your current location no matter which domain you visit. So if you’re in New York and visit google.ru, you’ll still get…

Now we know what the writers of Star Wars: Rogue One were really thinking – Ars Technica

Friday, October 27, 2017

reader comments 30 Rarely do you get to sit down with one of the writers of a blockbuster movie and ask, “So, what were you guys thinking when you wrote this?” But that’s what Ars editor Cyrus Farivar and I (and a bunch of Ars readers) got to do last week at Ars Technica Live with our guest Gary Whitta. He’s best known as the co-author of Star Wars: Rogue…

Home Country: Valuing the enduring companionship of great books – St. George Daily Spectrum

Friday, October 27, 2017

Al Cooper(Photo: SUBMITTED)   On the desk beside my keyboard at the moment is a compact-size but robustly-bound book with a heavy, green colored cloth binding, the internal works of which show through where a long-ago family dog – displeased with being left home-alone — sought personal revenge by chewing the corner off an object she knew was close to my heart. What that quickly-forgiven Black Labrador Retriever puppy could…

Philip Roth is France’s newest literary superstar. Why? – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

PARIS — Philip Roth has never lived in France, reads French literature only in translation and has never set a novel in Paris, the cliched province of the lonely urban saunterer and existential ennui. To say the least, the French do not seem to mind. This month, the aging titan of American letters won one of this country’s highest literary honors — an exceedingly rare accolade for a living author,…

Amazon shares surge 13% to record above $1100 as Wall Street shocked by giant’s rapid growth – CNBC

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Amazon may be factor behind rumored CVS, Aetna merger – CNNMoney

Friday, October 27, 2017

Amazon may upend another industry without even launching a product. CVS Health (CVS) is said to be in talks to acquire Aetna (AET) for $66 billion in a blockbuster merger that could reshape the health insurance industry. And one of the factors rumored to be driving the deal is Amazon (AMZN, Tech30). The Wall Street Journal reports the merger is at least partly intended to guard against the threat of…

Apple is not America’s favorite tech company – The Verge

Friday, October 27, 2017

The era of the Apple fanboy may be coming to an end. According to a survey conducted by The Verge in partnership with consulting firm Reticle Research, Apple falls squarely in the middle among Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon when it comes to inspiring passion and trust in consumers. It came in behind Google in both categories, and far behind Amazon, which led in positive responses for pretty much every…

Apple’s iPhone X Sold Out In Minutes. But That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Hit – Fortune

Friday, October 27, 2017

Reported production problems point to a small first batch. On Friday, Apple allowed people to start preordering its flagship iPhone X model a week ahead of its November 3 launch. However, those who wanted to receive the tenth-anniversary iPhone on that date had to move fast—the initial supply sold out in minutes. According to CNET, it took all of 10 minutes for some models to start showing up with a…

Amazon might be more interested in medical devices than pharmaceuticals, one analyst says – CNBC

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Missing Persons and Messed-Up Shrinks: 4 New Suspense Novels – New York Times

Friday, October 27, 2017

Photo Credit John Gall THE CHILD FINDER By Rene Denfeld 273 pp. Harper. $25.99. Photo Denfeld is a Portland-based journalist and private investigator, and also the adoptive mother of three foster children. All these aspects of her life are mined in “The Child Finder,” a powerful novel about a search for a missing girl that’s also a search for identity. Naomi, a private investigator in the chilly Pacific Northwest, specializes…

The physics of time travel isn’t just the stuff of science fiction – Quartz

Friday, October 27, 2017

We’re all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future. We revisit and revise our memories. We invent possible futures and explore them with anticipation and desire. We’re temporal experts and manipulators; we have flashbacks and flashforwards and stop motion and instant replay and time gates and time shifting and time forks. Not content with nostalgia for the past that never was, we…

Fact or Fiction: Predictions for post-bye week – Giants.com (blog)

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Giants.com staff debates Big Blue topics with predictions for the second half of the season:  Evan Engram has been the league’s most impressive rookie pass catcher JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact – The closest player to Evan Engram is Cooper Kupp, but he has seven fewer catches, 26 fewer yards, and the same amount of touchdowns than Engram. Many of the top wide receivers in the draft class (Corey Davis, Mike…