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  • President Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Bulloch Hall

    10/09/2015 10:05:58 AM PDT · by brothers4thID · 2 replies
    Facebook announcement ^ | 10/9/2015 | City of Roswell
    On October 14th at 7:00 PM, President Theodore Roosevelt comes to Bulloch Hall to introduce the book launch of "Mittie and Thee, an 1853 Roosevelt Romance." Connie Huddleston and Gwendolyn Koehler have compiled the love letters of Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. Transcribed and presented just as written, the authors allow the letters to stand on their own, with only necessary background regarding the people and places mentioned and the social mores of 1853 included. This event is FREE, but reservations are required. Please contact Janice Metzler at 770-992-1731 ext. 3.
  • Charity Tries Inspiring Poor Africans By Giving Them Chelsea Clinton’s Book

    10/07/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/06/2015 | Blake Neff
    A non-profit that distributes e-readers in poor countries is touting the possibly world-changing effect it will achieve by distributing a new book written by Chelsea Clinton. Worldreader, founded in 2010 by a former Amazon executive, has an admirable goal. Noting that poor children in Africa and Asia have few or no books to read, the organization distributes e-readers in developing countries, in the hopes that it will improve literacy and education. While the organization’s e-readers contain thousands of books in over three dozen languages, the organization is acting particularly proud that its e-readers will now have the new book “It’s...
  • Raymond Chandler: a Tale of Two Detectives

    10/05/2015 5:07:41 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 18 replies ^ | Sept 19, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I went to Manhattan to be a novelist and took the whole project very seriously. You know, in that pretentious way that young writers do. But somebody recommended The Big Sleep to me and I was totally charmed. This is the opposite of highbrow literature. It's a lively crime story told in street-level English, with slang and hyperbolic metaphors. The hero is a tough-guy private investigator, a knight on a white horse as Raymond Chandler himself explained. People come to him with their problems and the PI makes justice prevail. Raymond Chandler wrote a half-dozen outstanding novels starring his famous...
  • "The R'lyeh Connection" (Filk parody of "The Rainbow Connection") - VANITY

    10/05/2015 11:50:37 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 10/5/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Yes, I parodied a beloved musical classic as a hymn to everyone's favorite eldritch abomination. No, I have no soul. I write and record my music under the stage name of Hopalong Ginsberg. (Make your own Ruth Bader Ginsburg joke if you absolutely must.) For a free MP3 download of "The R'lyeh Connection," click either here or here.
  • Apple Co-Founder’s Allies Take Aim at Hollywood Over ‘Steve Jobs'. Movie reopens Jobs’ legacy

    10/04/2015 5:15:13 PM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    wsj ^ | Oct. 4, 2015 | By Ben Fritz and Daisuke Wakabayashi
    A new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy. Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film “Steve Jobs,” and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp. ’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday. “A whole generation is going to think...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! October 2015 Edition

    10/02/2015 12:56:38 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies ^ | 10-2-15 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Famous Black Radical Makes Chic Move (Ta-Neshi Coates Decamps to Paris. Don't Come Back)

    10/01/2015 1:38:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    American Conservative ^ | October 1, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Did you know that Ta-Nehisi Coates has decamped for Paris for a year? Turns out he’s living in the Marais and dining out with a correspondent for the Financial Times. Excerpt: There’s also a tradition of American writers who come to Paris to escape the
  • Ravishing (Fascinating Essay-Review on the Castrati)

    09/30/2015 4:53:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 10/8/2015 | Colm Tóibín
    Balzac’s Sarrasine tells the story of a young woman’s wonder at the strange appearance of an old man at a party in Paris. Balzac has tremendous fun describing the man. First his clothes: he is wearing ‘a white waistcoat embroidered with gold’ and ‘a shirt-frill of English lace, yellow with age, the magnificence of which a queen might have envied’. Then the face: ‘That dark face was full of angles and furrowed deep in every direction; the chin was furrowed; there were great hollows at the temples; the eyes were sunken in yellow orbits. The maxillary bones, which his indescribable...
  • The Martian

    09/29/2015 1:07:58 PM PDT · by Textide · 85 replies
    self | 09/29/2015 | Textide
    FReepers, I can't recommend this one enough. This book is phenomenal. Here's an effort at a short summary: In the near future, an astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on Mars during a dust storm. Turns out he pulled through and has to figure out how to survive. NASA has several missions planned over the coming years so he meticulously plans and executes his survival with the hopes that the future missions take place. What struck me was that he didn't feel sorry for himself. He conducted himself as a man and even had contempt for fate. He wasn't...
  • Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer:

    09/27/2015 12:08:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (dot com) ^ | 14 September 2015 | Peter Gøtzsche
    Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? Updated: 04:22 EST, 15 September 2015 Soaring drug use, a growing number of addicts, far too few clinics to treat them and a rising death toll. This might sound like a scene from an impoverished country run by drug cartels - but it is, in fact, the day-to-day reality for NHS patients who are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these...
  • Review: The Sword of Revolution and the Communist Apocalypse

    09/26/2015 2:06:52 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 5 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 08/29/2015 | Red Square
    I was hired as a graphic designer and I did my job well, recycling the original revolutionary poster by Dmitry Moor, one of the founding fathers of Soviet agitprop. Now that the book is out, here's my two kopecks. This book has a lot of valid, factual information. At the same time, I remain skeptical about the theory that the breakup of the USSR was only a show so that the communists could take over the world by other means. Not that there aren't powerful forces bending the civilized world towards what they call "progress" (and what I call collectivist...
  • This is scifi?

    09/25/2015 12:22:03 PM PDT · by pabianice · 38 replies
    Amazon ^ | 9/25/15
    I generally cruise Amazon each month looking for new scifi. Well, look at the first page Scifi Romance: Star Crossed (Alien Invasion Time Travel Romance) (Paranormal New Adult Fantasy Short Stories)Sep 18, 2015 | Kindle eBook by Linda Mathers MYSTERY:THRILLER:SUSPENSE: ROMANCE BOOK 1 (TESS) EROTICA SHORT STORIES NOVEL ROMANTIC SERIES: Contemporary Romance...Sep 19, 2015 | Kindle eBook by SCARLETT J. ROSE Tyger Eye: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Cursed Love Book 1)Sep 16, 2015 | Kindle eBook by Sandra O'Conner Romance: Science Fiction Romance: Taken By Alien Desire: An Alien Romance Collection: (SciFi Alien Abduction Anthologies...Sep 20, 2015 | Kindle eBook...
  • ‘The Contemporary Novel’: an essay by T. S. ELIOT (Published in English for 1st Time)

    09/22/2015 11:13:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    The Times Literary Supplement ^ | 8/12/2015 | T.S. Eliot
    In his little book on Nathaniel Hawthorne, published many years ago, Henry James has the following significant sentences: “The charm [of Hawthorne’s slighter pieces of fiction] is that they are glimpses of a great field, of the whole deep mystery of man’s soul and conscience. They are moral, and their interest is moral; they deal with something more than the mere accidents and conventionalities, the surface occurrences of life. The fine thing in Hawthorne is that he cared for the deeper psychology, and that, in his way, he tried to become familiar with it.” The interest of this passage lies...
  • What are your favorite quotes?

    09/21/2015 7:25:36 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 307 replies
    brilliant minds | September 21, 2015 | None
    What are some of your favorite quotes? Here are a few of mine: To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. – Voltaire The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness. - Bruce Lee Any fool can commit a murder; a suicide requires a real professional. – Genrikh Yagoda Chief of the NKVD during the early 1930s Socialists can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you're ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave.
  • Jackie Collins Has Died of Breast Cancer at 77

    09/19/2015 5:41:15 PM PDT · by windcliff · 17 replies ^ | 9-19-15 | Elizabeth Leonard
    Jackie Collins, the beloved best-selling novelist, has died, PEOPLE has exclusively learned. "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today," the Collins family tells PEOPLE in a statement. "She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we...
  • Gilroy Police Looking for Man Who Tore Up 40 Library Books

    09/18/2015 4:04:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Sep 17, 2015
    Gilroy police released surveillance images on Thursday of a man they tore up about 40 library books, causing more than $1,000 in damage. Authorities posted the images to Facebook. Police say the man they’re looking for damaged dozens of books at the Gilroy Library on West 6th Street. Authorities didn’t specify which titles were damaged. Anyone who has seen the man or can help identify him is encouraged to contact the Gilroy Police Department.
  • Watch the Full Trailer for BBC America's The Last Kingdom (VIDEO)

    09/18/2015 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Hugin · 15 replies ^ | 0817/2015 | Tim Surette
    Are there enough shows about bearded European-y people brandishing swords and shields and shouting at each other? Not according to BBC America, which will stake a claim in the medieval drama genre with The Last Kingdom, debuting Saturday, October 10 at 10pm. And to prove it, BBC America released the first full-length trailer for the series. Adapted from Bernard Cornwell's novels The Saxon Stories, The Last Kingdom chronicles the rise of young Saxon warrior Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and the birth of England in the 9th century in Northumbria. And if you're a fan of History's Vikings, get ready for some...
  • Kim Davis inspires NC mayoral candidate to jail gays: ‘What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals?’

    09/17/2015 3:23:34 PM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 14 replies
    Raw Story | 09/17/2015 | BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS
    A mayoral candidate in a small Charlotte suburb wants to “eradicate” homosexuality and throw LGBT people in jail, the Kings Mountain Herald reports. Eugene Holmes, who is running for mayor of Kings Mountain, says he doesn’t want to be mayor, but he’s running because of his anti-gay views. He views Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as something of a role model.
  • Why Apple is taking the e-book case to the U.S. Supreme Court

    09/17/2015 1:29:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 17, 2015 | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    Roger Parloff, Fortune’s senior editor for legal affairs, knows how to read a docket. And based on an item submitted Wednesday to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he just posted this headline:Apple will ask Supreme Court to hear its ebooks price-fixing caseWe’ll know more about Apple’s reasoning when Parloff gets his hands on the documents it submitted. [UPDATE: He’s got them.] But for now, for me—and for a lot of other people who followed this case from the beginning—this feels right.Apple may have lost the original case, before U.S. Circuit Judge Denise Cote. It may have failed to convince...
  • One Year After (sequel to One Second After, great EMP novel)

    09/16/2015 10:50:21 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 86 replies
    Good Reads ^ | Sept. 15, 2015 | various
    The thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel One Second After Months before publication, William R. Forstchen’s One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the tale. One Year After is the thrilling follow-up to that smash hit. The story picks up a year after One Second After ends, two years since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States brought America to its knees. After suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning...
  • Disney Is Making a 'Mary Poppins' Sequel, Over 50 Years Later

    09/15/2015 1:09:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2015 | Justin Kroll
    As Disney continues to reboot old animated favorites into live-action features, the studio is now looking to team with its Into the Woods helmer for a new take on one of its classic musicals. Sources confirm to Variety that Disney is developing a new Mary Poppins musical with Rob Marshall set to direct.
  • Chelsea Clinton’s ‘It’s Your World’

    09/14/2015 8:47:57 PM PDT · by W. · 58 replies ^ | 9/14/2015 | Maria Russo
    Chelsea Clinton may be, like her mother, a little hard to pin down as a personality, but three things seem inarguable after reading that email: She has a big heart, she writes an excellent policy paper and she is verbose. The voice you hear there addressing “Mom” and “Dad” — both wonky and sweet, impassioned and didactic, a little self-conscious — is pretty much the same one we hear in her new book for children, “It’s Your World.” It’s clear that she indeed wrote it herself, all 400 or so earnest, methodically compiled pages. The book is meant to help...
  • These men's rights activists are using a 1950s law to shut down women in tech

    09/09/2015 4:45:23 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September1, 2015 | Alyssa Bereznak
    Stephanie Burns came up with the idea for Chic CEO, a free online platform for female entrepreneurs, in 2008, when she was getting her MBA. Many of her friends had lost jobs in the recession and were asking her for tips on how to start their own businesses. After hosting about 15 friends at her San Diego home to exchange advice, Burns realized there was a market for offering entrepreneurial guidance to women. A year later, she launched her company. Up until 2014, the focus of her work involved providing practical business advice to women in the form of free,...
  • Massive Open Online Course: How Writers Write Fiction 2015

    09/05/2015 9:59:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Greetings from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program! Fall is in the air here in Iowa City, and we are delighted to invite you to join our new MOOC, How Writers Write Fiction 2015! Opening on September 24 and closing on November 24, 2015, this online course offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing fiction. The course is open to everyone in the world, free of charge, and we're excited to be teaching it on NovoEd, an online platform designed for interactive and creative community learning. Join us!   Watch a preview on YouTube here...
  • Unconventional Warriors

    09/03/2015 12:23:57 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2 Sept 2015 | MARK MOYAR
    McChrystal and a few other key figures converted JSOC from a Ferrari in the garage to the long-haul truck of the war on terror. The targeting of low-level insurgents continued when JSOC shifted resources from Iraq to Afghanistan in 2009. But the enemy’s continual replacement of losses with recruits from Pakistan and unpacified eastern Afghanistan eventually eroded JSOC’s morale. One Ranger officer tells Mr. Naylor that, by 2011, morale had sunk to the point that he had to yell at his noncommissioned officers just to go out on operations.
  • Writer Declares Death of San Francisco Hipsters, Crashes Site

    09/02/2015 10:02:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/2 | Tamara Palmer
    An article declaring the death of hipsters in San Francisco managed to crash 48 Hills, a donation based website from former Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond and publisher Marke Bieschke. Bieschke, who now serves as the publisher of 48 Hills, penned a post on Tuesday called "The San Francisco hipster is dead, y'all," naming the imminent closure of Mission District restaurant Boogaloos as the "locally sourced, hand-wrought nail in the neon coffin of a once inescapable lifestyle caricature." "Not even a robust gap-year trust fund can withstand the skyrocketing rents here," he wrote. "And who can afford anymore to launch...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (September, 2015 edition)

    09/02/2015 3:43:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 78 replies ^ | September, 2015 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Ian Fleming Never Mentioned James Bond’s Ethnicity. But He did Offer a Few Clues…

    09/02/2015 3:43:08 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    Anyone who thinks to diverge even slightly from this now officially accepted view, to be held by everyone everywhere in the world on pain of excommunication, is a racist. We know this because of the recent experiences of children’s author Anthony Horowitz, who briefly committed heresy over the weekend when he dared to suggest that Elba was perhaps too “street” to play a suave, Eton-educated, Senior-Service-trained, half-Swiss, half-Scots secret agent.
  • The Time Traveler, by Dan Simmons

    09/01/2015 4:11:21 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 15 replies
    Dan Simmon's Home Page ^ | 04/01/2006 | Dan Simmons
    A time traveler from the future offers a history lesson on the "Long War" with Islam that he is still fighting.
  • James Bond writer says Adrian Lester would be a better Bond than Idris Elba

    09/01/2015 3:46:41 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 112 replies
    James Bond writer says Adrian Lester would be a better Bond than Idris Elba; Twitter explodes; Update: Horowitz apologizes Folks are furious today at Anthony Horowitz, the British novelist chosen by Ian Fleming’s family to continue write James Bond novels, and some comments he made about the appropriateness of black actor Idris Elba as the next James Bond. First up, here is what Horowitz is quoted as saying in an interview he gave to the Daily Mail:
  • The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot That Brought Nixon Down

    08/30/2015 10:06:31 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 34 replies
    C-SPAN BookTV ^ | Sunday, Aug 30 | Geoff Shepard.
    Book Discussion on The Real Watergate Scandal Geoff Shepard, former associate director in the Nixon administration, presents research he contends shows misconduct by the judges and prosecutors involved in the Watergate trials. An aging judge about to step down. Aggressive prosecutors friendly with the judge. A disgraced president. A nation that had already made up its mind. The Watergate trials were a legal mess—and now, with the discovery of new documents that reveal shocking misconduct by prosecutors and judges alike, former Nixon staffer Geoff Shepard has a convincing case that the wrongdoing of these history-making trials was actually a bigger...
  • Author Frederick Forsyth reveals his missions for Britain's MI6

    British thriller writer Frederick Forsyth revealed he had conducted missions for intelligence service MI6 in extracts from his autobiography published Sunday. Forsyth, whose bestsellers include "The Day Of The Jackal", told of how he had assisted Britain's overseas spying agency in the Nigerian region of Biafra, East Germany, Rhodesia and South Africa. While working as a journalist in 1968, he was approached by an MI6 man called "Ronnie" who wanted "an asset deep inside the Biafran enclave" where there was a civil war between 1967 and 1970.
  • Astronomers on Quixotic Quest to immortalize Cervantes With a Star

    08/28/2015 11:27:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    Some celebrities get the honour of having their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But a group of Spanish astronomers have something more cosmic in mind for their own literary star. literature could soon see his name written not just on paper, but also in the stars, if a group of Spanish astronomers gets their way. The Society of Spanish Astronomers, Pamplona Planetarium and Cervantes Institute have launched a campaign, calling for support to name a little-known star after Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. The International Astronomical Union vote opened earlier this month, giving people all over the...
  • Kullervo: Tolkien's fascination with Finland

    08/27/2015 4:43:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    On Thursday JRR Tolkien's early story The Story of Kullervo will be published for the first time. The dark tale reveals that Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired not only by England and Wales… but also by Finland. "Hapless Kullervo," Tolkien called him. Kullervo, an orphan boy raised into slavery, a tragic hero who commits incest in the dark forests of Karelia and hurls himself on his own blade.
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts

    08/25/2015 11:30:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | William J. Broad
    In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters. Around the lush isles of the Dutch East Indies — modern-day Indonesia — the eruption of Mount Tambora killed tens of thousands of people. They were burned alive or killed by flying rocks, or they died later of starvation because the heavy ash smothered crops.
  • 2015 Hugo Awards

    08/23/2015 3:17:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 22, 2015
    2015 Hugo Awards Presented at: Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA, August 22, 2015Hosts: David Gerrold and Tananarive DueBase design: Matthew DockreyAwards Administration: John Lorentz, Ruth Sachter, Linda Deneroff, Ron Oakes, Dave McCarty and Glenn Glazer
  • Frederick Forsyth: Interview

    08/21/2015 7:58:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    In Frederick Forsyth’s eventful Forsyth began, as many journalists retelling of his life story, the thriller writer—famous for bestsellers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol and most recently The Kill List—reveals how penury first prompted his move into fiction writing, how he almost started the Third World War and what he really thinks of the BBC, for which he briefly worked as a reporter. Forsyth is a private man and his memoir is indicatively titled The Outsider. He dislikes publicity—even when his books are published—and says he had long resisted the offer...
  • A novel 40 years in the making: "The Man Who Falls In Love With His Wife"

    08/19/2015 6:47:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies
    LinkeddIn ^ | August 8, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I wrote the first draft of this novel circa 1976 when I was living on West 105th Street in Manhattan. The original title was Crucial Moments. Somehow I got Joe Fox, a huge name at Random House, to look at the opening chapters. He actually called me up to say: not for him. (Imagine this big shot talking to a nobody. Clearly, it was another age.) Probably I did another two or three edits and in 1992 I showed it to an agent. She said: I love it. She took me on as a writer because of this book and...
  • Need Some Naval History Help

    08/18/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    Freepers I am turning to you all for assistance in preparing a class lecture on the importance of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Specifically I was hoping one of you well read Freepers can direct me to a good, excerpt or summary of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Something I can hand out in class. I have read his many articles but none of them seem to cover the major points of his theories succinctly. So I am wondering now if there is a good excerpt of his major work that you all could...
  • Sad Puppies, Rabid Chauvinists: Will Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi's Biggest Awards?

    08/16/2015 10:31:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    YES! Magazine ^ | August 14, 2015 | Miles Schneiderman
    ... I know what it's like to love an author despite his or her controversial statements about real-life political issues. And I also feel that this year's Hugo slate is an unmitigated outrage that has serious implications for the future of speculative fiction. Next week, on Aug. 22, voters will decide if these awards are still about celebrating excellent writing and innovative ideas, or if they are just another blood-drenched battleground in the conflict between white male traditionalists and everyone else. For those who don't follow the genre-fiction awards circuit, here's what's going on. A shifting contingent of science fiction...
  • The Future (As Predicted By Science Fiction)

    08/16/2015 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Based on speculative fiction, the following visualization analyzes 62 'foretold' future events (social, scientific, technological, or political). Many are catastrophic, but, in the end - good news - in 802,701 the world will still exist and everything will be more or less ok... 62 'foretold' future events
  • Jean Kirkpatrick -- Anybody remember?

    08/14/2015 10:36:05 AM PDT · by Fhios · 36 replies
    8/14/2015 | Linked Bio Lite
    ... "She was known for the "Kirkpatrick Doctrine", which advocated U.S. support of anticommunist governments around the world, including authoritarian dictatorships, if they went along with Washington's aims—believing they could be led into democracy by example. She wrote, "Traditional authoritarian governments are less repressive than revolutionary autocracies."[2]"
  • A lost 'Lord of the Rings' story is about to be published (The Story of Kullervo)

    08/11/2015 6:27:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    A lost story set in the "Lord of the Rings" universe is about to see the light of day in a new book out later this summer. "The Story of Kullervo" is about the titular Kullervo, a boy sold into slavery who vows revenge on a cruel wizard who killed his father. Here's how the novel's Amazon listing describes it:
  • The Roanoke Island Colony: Lost, and Found?

    08/11/2015 11:08:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | August 10, 2015 | THEO EMERY
    MERRY HILL, N.C. — Under a blistering sun, Nicholas M. Luccketti swatted at mosquitoes as he watched his archaeology team at work in a shallow pit on a hillside above the shimmering waters of Albemarle Sound. On a table in the shade, a pile of plastic bags filled with artifacts was growing. Fragments of earthenware and pottery. A mashed metal rivet. A piece of a hand-wrought nail. They call the spot Site X. Down a dusty road winding through soybean fields, the clearing lies between two cypress swamps teeming with venomous snakes. It is a suitably mysterious name for a...
  • The ‘Berenstein Bears’ Internet Conspiracy Might Rock Your Childhood

    08/07/2015 9:36:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 6, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    A new conspiracy theory has taken the Internet and childhood nostalgia by storm. A popular kids book series known to most of the population as “The Berenstein Bears,” is actually called “The Berenstain Bears.” For those who grew up reading the books and have the word “Berenstein” ingrained in their minds, the fact that the title really is “Berenstain” is quite a shock to the system. A quick Internet search of the book covers and the official PBS website reveals that “The Berenstain Bears” have been there all along. The shock of this revelation has led some to believe in...
  • Two Low Budget Movies that are a must see on DVD

    08/05/2015 1:06:37 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 31 replies
    8/5/2015 | Me
    Two great movies dealing with Nazi Germany that had limited play, if any, in movie theaters. "The Book Thief" "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days"
  • 10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them) (science fiction/fantasy)

    08/01/2015 1:29:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 237 replies
    io9 ^ | July 30, 2015 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books--but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them. From Asimov to Pynchon, science fiction contains some fantastic, ambitious works of genre fiction. But a lot of us get overwhelmed. And it's not that hard to fake a first-hand knowledge of these books, because they're everywhere, and we've heard people talk about them so...
  • America's New Trinity of Love: Dean, Brando, Presley by Jack Kerouac

    America's New Trinity of Love: Dean, Brando, Presley by Jack Kerouac Love is sweeping the country. While wars and riots rage all around the world, in a vortex that resembles the dying Dinosaur Age of Violence, here within her sweeter shores America is producing a Revolution of Love. Three young men of exceptional masculine beauty and compassion and sadness have been upraised by its reaching hands. This is strange and it is good. Up to now the American Hero has always been on the defensive: he killed Indians and villains and beat up his rivals and surled. He has been...
  • New Dr. Seuss Book Hits Bookshelve

    07/29/2015 8:14:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 | Laura McVicker and Chris Chan
    A new Dr. Seuss book was released on Tuesday to excited fans, more than 20 years after the La Jolla author died. “What Pet Should I Get?” hit bookshelves nationwide, and at University of California San Diego’s Geisel Library, throngs of fans lined up to get their copy. The author’s widow discovered the manuscript for the book in 2013 when she was donating some of his drawings to the library; it’s believed to have been written sometime between 1958 and 1962. The book follows a brother and sister who visit a pet store to pick a pet, but aren’t able...