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Books/Literature (General/Chat)

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  • Some books aren’t meant to be sold

    11/21/2017 2:40:53 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 53 replies
    sfchronicle.com ^ | November 20, 2017 | Nick Hoppe
    I’ve been doing this column thing for a while now, and it may be time to accept one of those offers from publishers who are eager to compile the columns into a best-selling book. And I might, as soon as the first offer rolls in. Maybe they’re hesitant because they looked into the history of my first book, “Kids, Dogs and Other Pests,” which was released worldwide about seven years ago. It also happened to be a collection of columns that I had posted online for family and friends. I remember when I checked with my publisher after the first...
  • Hillary Clinton on Trump’s Election: “There Are Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy”

    11/19/2017 6:53:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 74 replies
    motherjones.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | ARI BERMAN
    In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton says Russian interference and GOP voter suppression efforts may have cost her the presidency.A year after her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton says “there are lots of questions about its legitimacy” due to Russian interference and widespread voter suppression efforts. In an interview with Mother Jones in downtown Manhattan, Clinton said Russian meddling in the election “was one of the major contributors to the outcome.” The Russians used “weaponized false information,” she said, in “a very successful disinformation campaign” that “wasn’t just influencing voters—it was determining...
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all

    11/19/2017 5:08:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Out of all the things I’ve grown to love in the U.S., Thanksgiving is probably at the top of my list. It is by far my favorite holiday, and I get great joy out of hosting and cooking my “mind” off during the days prior. What I love most about it is that it’s probably the most American event you can imagine: It is all-inclusive as it allows all of us to celebrate family, friends and love without determining if somebody "qualifies" to partake based on their religion, race or nationality. It is a true “one size fits all” holiday,...
  • This man discovered a dirty little secret that reinvented medicine

    11/18/2017 10:02:53 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 18, 2017 | Larry Getlen
    The only place you’d expect to encounter the “unmistakable smell of rotting flesh” these days would be at a slaughterhouse. In Victorian London, you’d find it in an operating room. A “surgeon, wearing a blood-encrusted apron, rarely washed his hands or his instruments and carried with him … the unmistakable smell of rotting flesh . . . cheerfully referred to as ‘good old hospital stink,’ ” writes Lindsey Fitzharris, author of “The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine,” out now. At the time, the medical community was unaware of the existence of germs and didn’t know...
  • Vanity Fair Fashion Staff Nonplussed by New Editor’s Personal Style

    11/18/2017 7:27:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WWD ^ | November 17, 2017 | Misty White Sidell
    Radhika Jones joins the magazine next month with extensive literary and editorial experience.Radhika Jones is learning the ways of One World Trade. Having been named the new editor in chief of Vanity Fair only this week, Jones, 44, headed to downtown Manhattan to get acquainted with the magazine’s staff. But while Jones may have been editorial director of the books department at The New York Times, an alum of Time magazine and The Paris Review, a graduate of Harvard and holds a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia — none of this impressed Condé Nast-ers. They, instead, were...
  • Reyna’s Motion And Jarrett’s Book(Waco)

    11/18/2017 4:33:43 PM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/18/2017
    At eight minutes after four yesterday afternoon, McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino Reyna filed a motion to quash a hearing Monday at which he and three other members of his office – Michael Jarrett, Amanda Dillon and Heather Nering – have been subpoenaed to appear. The hearing was scheduled because Dallas Attorney Clint Broden intends to call Reyna as a witness in the trial of his client, former Scimitar Motorcycle Club member Matthew Clendennen. Broden thinks Reyna’s testimony may be impeachable. The Scimitars are a support club for the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. On May 17, 2015 Cossacks crashed a...
  • How Russia went wrong, as told from the inside

    11/18/2017 10:28:57 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 89 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sep 2017
    The central argument of the book is that Russia has returned to the dangerous stagnation of the 1980s, largely thanks to the resurgence of the old KGB. The authoritarian squeeze will worsen at home, Mr Kovalev predicts, while foreign policy will become increasingly hostile and unpredictable. In the long run he fears a break-up of Russia, before—possibly—the dawn of democracy, the rule of law and modernisation. His language is strikingly blunt. Mr Putin is a “mumbling, stammering knock-kneed brow-furrowing ex-KGB agent who speaks the language of the gutter and values power above everything”. Echoing Alexander Herzen, a 19th-century émigré who...
  • The First English Translation of ‘The Odyssey’ by a Woman Was Worth the Wait

    11/17/2017 7:49:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 16 | Madeline Miller
    Attempting a new translation of “The Odyssey” is like directing “Hamlet.” Much of your audience knows the work well, and they take their seats with entrenched expectations and the intonations of favorite performances reverberating in their heads. At the same time, though, you will have audience members who have never seen the play, for whom you provide the introduction to a giant of Western literature. And let us not forget those who are there under duress, dreading the upcoming hours of boredom. You must find a way to speak to all these disparate groups, sneaking past the defenses of the...
  • Looking for a good book about the Constitution and its amendments (vanity)

    11/17/2017 1:11:39 PM PST · by Dr. Zzyzx · 44 replies
    None | 11.17.2017 | Me
    I'd like to study the Constitution and its amendments in greater depth to learn of the historical circumstances and reasoning that led to each amendment's ratification as well as some of the significant case law that has since stemmed from each one. As I've searched for a good book, it seems a lot of them are written by people who have a liberal slant and hence, whose judgment I don't trust. Can any of you recommend a well-rounded, reasonably understandable book that is written by someone with a more conservative mind? Any suggestions along that line would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Rare comic book featuring Superman's first appearance... expected to fetch up to $1.2 MILLION

    11/17/2017 12:02:11 PM PST · by mairdie · 99 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 November 2017
    The copy in question is rare because it is what's known as a silver print - these comics are exceedingly rare because in the 1930s, publishers would create black and white copies of the comics for artists to fill in themselves - making the copy going to auction one-of-a-kind. 'This is one of the rarest, most historically significant items we've offered,' said Stephen Fishler, founder and co-owner of ComicConnect.com. Only around 100 original copies of Action Comics #1 are estimated to be extant - they're significant because they're Superman's first appearance in comic books. In 2014, a copy of Action...
  • Word For The Day - SAMIZDAT

    11/17/2017 6:45:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 11/17/2017 | Red Badger
    ==================================================================================== sam·iz·dat ˈsämēzdat/ noun: samizdat the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe. Origin 1960s: Russian, literally ‘self-publishing house.’ a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored and underground publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samizdat
  • Murder by the Mile

    11/16/2017 11:20:18 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 30 replies
    Phoenix Magazine ^ | December 2017 | May Phan
    Combine a hitman, a suspicious federal agent, a world-famous graphic novelist and a daredevil journalist and you get a Molotov cocktail of mishaps in Phoenix native and former truck driver Jeffrey Yochim’s pulp thriller. Collateral Crimes (West Wave Publishing, $14.99) chronicles the adventures of novelist and murder witness Jonathan Starker, who hitches a ride to a comic book convention and finds himself on the run from an ATF agent and a ruthless hitman. The story, a slow burner at the start but fast-paced enough to keep readers flipping pages – think murder, truck hijackings and pesky witnesses – grows more...
  • Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent, Shocks Literary Community

    11/16/2017 8:14:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 16, 2017 | Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
    Author Donna Tartt has left her legendary agent Amanda “Binky” Urban in a move that’s stunned the literary world after Urban landed Tartt a monster $3 million deal for the movie rights to her blockbuster novel “The Goldfinch.” Sources tell Page Six that despite all the dough, Tartt was left with a sour taste in her mouth when she was not given the chance to write the screenplay for the film or named as a producer. A publishing insider tells Page Six of Tartt, who was repped by Urban for three decades: “She was unhappy with the deal made for...
  • Convicted Killer Jodi Arias Sues Former Lawyer Over Tell-All Book

    11/15/2017 8:04:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Christopher Brennan
    Convicted killer Jodi Arias is targeting the man who once stood by her side during the trial of her lover’s death now that he's told the world his account of the case. The now 37-year-old former waitress is serving life in prison in Arizona for the murder of Travis Alexander, found dead at his home in Mesa. Her 2013 and 2015 trials, which included tales of rough sex before the killing, grabbed headlines nationwide, and on Tuesday she sued her attorney Laurence Kirk Nurmi for capitalizing on the attention with a self-published book. “Trapped with Ms. Arias” already contributed to...
  • History's Losers: intimate stories from survivors of the Soviet empire

    11/15/2017 11:01:55 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 29 replies
    New Statesman ^ | Catherine Merridale
    Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, is not so much an oral history as a lament. The work is multi-vocal, like a chorus, pierced in places by the solo of an anguished voice. Readers are swept on by a cadence that can ebb and swell with tidal force. The tone induces something close to a trance, demanding a complete surrender to its message of despair. This is no dry account of politics, no tasteful essay on the ending of the Soviet dream. Like any true lament, it comes from a primeval...
  • Chelsea Clinton announces international companion to She Persisted children's book (barf alert)

    11/15/2017 7:58:02 AM PST · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    EW.com ^ | 11/14/2017 | Maureen Lee Lenker
    Nevertheless, she persisted … writing children’s books, that is. Chelsea Clinton announced Tuesday afternoon that she will publish a companion volume to her picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. The new book, She Persisted Around the World, will have a more global emphasis, featuring the stories of 13 international women who shaped history. The former first daughter revealed the news on Twitter, along with an image of the cover. “Thrilled to announce She Persisted Around the World, a picture book celebrating 13 incredible women who overcame adversity to change our world for the better,” she...
  • Making Fiction Great Again! 'MAGA 2020 & Beyond' Hits Bookshelves

    11/13/2017 12:20:37 PM PST · by tbw2 · 7 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11/13/2017 | Megan Fox
    For years we conservatives have complained impotently about the derailing culture and lack of entertainment choices, and yet, which one of us stepped up to fill the void? We watched literature join the dumpster fire that is modern culture and cried tears of helplessness. But no more. Take heart, for men and women of action have arrived! Superversive Press, whose controversial Forbidden Thoughts anthology captured our attention in January 2017, has been hard at work to turn the tide. According to their latest press release, "With published books by two Dragon Award nominees, and more works prepared for release in...
  • Purists alarmed over moves to make French less macho

    11/13/2017 6:46:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 12, 2017 | Gina Doggett
    Moves to make French more female-friendly have sparked impassioned debate in France, with an appalled Academie Francaise warning of a "mortal danger" to the language of Moliere. At the centre of the debate is the growing use of formulations such as "lecteur.rice.s" for the word "readers" to embrace both genders.
  • Book Review: Michelle Obama-inspired ‘Courage is Contagious’ (barf alert)

    11/11/2017 5:10:03 PM PST · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    The Dartmouth ^ | 11/10/2017 | Jordan McDonald
    An ode to former first lady Michelle Obama, “Courage is Contagious: And Other Reasons to be Thankful for Michelle Obama” takes on the task of memorializing and honoring the legacy of Obama as a cultural icon through a collection of written reflections.(snip) In the words of Lena Dunham, whose essay opens the collection, Obama “fully and completely rejiggered our notion of what a first lady could and should be.”(snip) As first lady, Obama was in many ways called to mold her image into something more palatable to the American public’s conception of what a wife and mother should be as...
  • Shirley Jackson’s novels are eerie literary fiction. She left the best for the last

    11/10/2017 7:23:03 PM PST · by simpson96 · 45 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | 10/29/2017 | Nicholas Rixon
    Literary fiction, the two most depressing words in the English language, leaves very little space for horror. It’s a claustrophobic, dusty attic in a mansion peopled by “serious” writers. Sure, the holy trinity of Poe, Stoker and Lovecraft is held in high regard, but with the passage of time horror writing stopped being taken seriously. By horror I don’t mean just ghosts and witches, but all that frightens us–loss, deprivation, loneliness, mental instability, self-loathing and personal dissatisfaction. That’s where the writing of Shirley Jackson makes a powerful case for the kind of horror that doesn’t depend on jump scares. Her...