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Book review: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King – Boston Globe

Friday, June 19, 2015

The cover of Stephen King’s new novel, “Finders Keepers,” features a blood-spattered leather notebook opened to facing pages of handwritten text smudged and streaked with red. The image is a good distillation of the entire novel; both are lurid and intriguing, bookish and bloody, and neither is terribly subtle. The story opens by introducing an iconic and reclusive American writer named John Rothstein who, in the venerable tradition of Salinger…

Ric Bucher’s NBA Finals Edition Fact or Fiction – Bleacher Report

Friday, June 19, 2015

The NBA Finals have concluded, and the Golden State Warriors finished off their dream season with an NBA title. The Warriors’ small-ball lineup played a large part in the Dubs’ success along with a deep roster. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers, while shorthanded and undermanned, managed two wins in the series without stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Has the Warriors’ small-ball lineup become a trend in the NBA? Do the…

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman – review – The Guardian

Friday, June 19, 2015

Worrying, as Francis O’Gorman shows in this refreshingly unconventional history, is a hard activity to pin down. Undoubtedly distressing for those who do it, but rarely classed as a pathology requiring therapy or medication, fretting often intrudes when we are doing other things. It is, as he puts it, a “woodpecker-like tapping away at one’s day from inside the unobservable parts of the mind”. Being mostly secretive, slightly shameful and a…

Book review: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King – Boston Globe

Friday, June 19, 2015

SHANE LEONARD The cover of Stephen King’s new novel, “Finders Keepers,” features a blood-spattered leather notebook opened to facing pages of handwritten text smudged and streaked with red. The image is a good distillation of the entire novel; both are lurid and intriguing, bookish and bloody, and neither is terribly subtle. The story opens by introducing an iconic and reclusive American writer named John Rothstein who, in the venerable tradition…

Google Trends Now Shows the Web’s Obsessions in Real Time – Wired

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Google Trends has long been a tool for journalists tracking what people wanted to know about in the recent past. The function hasn’t changed, but the tense has: Trends now tracks stories in real time, giving unfettered access to what the Internet wants to know in the moment. Trends had been largely unchanged since 2012, a helpful but slightly backdated look at subjects people were searching for over the last…

Readers recommend: songs about books – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa. The voracious reader, the ebullient book fan, the edgy eccentric, the pithy polymath – what better characteristics are there for the process of songwriting? It was just over 20 years this week that I was lucky enough to be present at a recording, in the old BBC TV Centre, of an early edition of BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland, now of…

Fifty Shades of Grey: the series that tied publishing up in knots – The Guardian

Thursday, June 18, 2015

To call it a publishing phenomenon is an enormous understatement. Since Fifty Shades of Grey was published in 2011, it has not only proved the fastest-selling book in Britain since records began and spawned the most successful 18-rated film ever, but also influenced sales of lingerie and prompted a spike in the purchase of sex toys. In one Cumbria hotel, it has replaced the bible in every bedroom. It is…

8 Problems With Pulp Fiction That Nobody Wants To Admit – WhatCulture

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Hilary Masters, Novelist and Son of American Poet, Dies at 87 – New York Times

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Nelson Doubleday Jr., publishing executive and Mets owner, dies at 81 – Washington Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, died June 17 at his home in Locust Valley, N.Y. He was 81. His son-in-law, John Havens, said the cause was pneumonia. Mr. Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1897. Another ancestor, Abner Doubleday, is often described as the mythical…

YA science fiction delights: ‘Shadowshaper’ and ‘More Happy Than Not’ – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“The trouble with magic,” wrote children’s author and activist Zetta Elliott in an award-winning 2013 Jeunesse essay, “is that it appears to exist in realms to which only certain children belong.” The near absence of young people of color in the speculative genres — that is, science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales and comics — has become a concern for many children’s literature critics. Therefore, it has been a sheer delight…

Apple and Google’s Fight for Your Home Looks Real Familiar – Wired

Thursday, June 18, 2015

First, Nest made a thermostat that connected to the Internet. Then it built an online smoke detector. And after toying with the idea of building a home security camera that tapped into the so-called cloud, it bought a company that already offered one and spruced it up, dovetailing the Dropcam—or as its now called: the Next Cam—with its other devices. The Google-owned company is gradually expanding its slick brand of online hardware across…

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers spring for extra bands – Apple Insider

Thursday, June 18, 2015

By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:44 pm PT (02:44 am ET) Although Apple has yet to release official Apple Watch sales numbers beyond being “thrilled” about its launch, research firm Slice Intelligence says the company is raking in big profits from Apple-made band accessories, as can be expected. Analyzing mail receipts from two million people, Slice found more than 20,000 purchased an Apple Watch, Reuters reports. Extrapolating beyond…

Amazon Updates The Kindle Paperwhite – AnandTech

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The venerable Kindle is one of my favorite tech devices. I owned the Kindle 3, but the obvious shortcoming was the lack of lighting, forcing me to use a case with a clumsy light attached. The minute the original Kindle Paperwhite was announced, I quickly ordered a couple of them and they are to this day one of my favorite pieces of technology. The Paperwhite added a “light guide”…

5 things we learned from the new ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book – USA TODAY

Thursday, June 18, 2015

(Vintage Books) Get your red rooms of pain ready guys, because Christian Grey is back. A new book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy hits bookstores and your Kindles at midnight on Thursday. We got an advanced sneak peek at Grey, which tells the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s perspective (the original books are told from Anastasia’s first-person point of view), and it’s chock-full of new information about the enigmatic billionaire. Here are…

The best recent science fiction novels – review roundup – The Guardian

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A former astronomer with the European Space Agency, Alastair Reynolds writes expansive, cutting-edge SF that explores the future with the analytical eye of a scientist. Poseidon’s Wake (Gollancz, £18.99) completes the trilogy begun with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, following the Akinya dynasty from Kenya to the stars, and while it works as a standalone it’s best read in sequence. The narrative charts the lives of several…

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ started out as ‘Twilight’ fan fiction before becoming … – Business Insider

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chuck Zlotnick/Universal Studios and Focus Features“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a sexier, erotic version of “Twilight.” The author of best-selling erotic romance novel, box-office hit and international phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” is releasing a new companion book telling the story from leading man Christian Grey’s perspective. The new book, “Grey,” out Thursday, is a spinoff on the original “Fifty Shades of Grey.” What you may not realize is…

Exclusive: Apple mines big profits from Watch band – Reuters

Thursday, June 18, 2015

San Francisco Nearly 20 percent of Apple Watch buyers are not only shelling out hundreds of dollars for the timepiece but are springing for a spare band too, giving the tech giant a profitable second dip into customers’ wallets, according to data provided exclusively to Reuters. The data from Slice Intelligence, a research firm that mines e-mail receipts, offers a rare window into the money-making potential of Apple’s first brand-new…

Best Personal Finance Books For All Ages – Forbes

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading while you’re catching rays at the beach or relaxing by the pool. It’s also a great time to learn something new, like tai chi or, just a suggestion, more about your personal finances. If you invest a few hours each week this summer, by the fall, you’ll be better equipped and in control of your money. There are lots…