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  • Sweden’s Libraries Destroying Pippi Longstocking Children’s Books Because of Racist Phrases

    07/19/2017 10:38:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 19, 2017 | Wojciech Zsrojkowski
    A Swedish council has admitted that local libraries have been throwing out copies of a popular children’s book because it contains racist expressions, with one local journalist even claiming the books are being burnt. Older versions of the Pippi Langstrumpf [Pippi Longstocking] book entitled ‘Pippi in the South Seas,’ have been discarded by libraries in the Botkyrka municipality.
  • Jane Austen, 200 years on (died 200 years ago today)

    07/18/2017 8:00:54 PM PDT · by Borges · 20 replies
    Economist ^ | 7/13/2017
    She has small, unexceptional features and stares blankly into space. A lace bonnet keeps her dark curls in place, save for a few neat strands that frame her face. Behind her is a large country house and an illustration of Elizabeth Bennet, her most famous creation. This is the airbrushed image of Jane Austen on the new British £10 note which will be released on July 18th, the bicentenary of her death: just one example of how she has been reshaped and re-imagined on her path to becoming a global literary sensation. Austen was born on December 16th 1775, one...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of 7-17-17)

    07/17/2017 3:16:10 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    Dr. Michael Savage ^ | 7-17-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
    In today’s issue: Savage is fed up with the media’s fixation, including the talk-radio world, on the ongoing Twitter war between the president and liberal cable channels MSNBC and CNN. “Everyone’s either on vacation or doing the same garbage about CNN. How can you listen to that?” Savage asked. (From the Savage Newsletter)
  • Michelle Obama picture book coming in October

    07/14/2017 7:54:35 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/13/2017 | Staff
    NEW YORK — Books of Obama photographs will be in the news this fall. A collection of White House pictures of Michelle Obama is coming out Oct. 17, Ten Speed Press told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Chasing Light” will feature 150 color shots and personal commentary by White House photographer Amanda Lucidon. “Mrs. Obama is a source of light and inspiration in my life,” Lucidon said in a statement issued through Ten Speed, a Penguin Random House imprint. “She was a mentor to me and so many people around the world. The work she has done with young people,...
  • Mika Brzezinski Lands Mega 3-Book Deal

    07/10/2017 11:13:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 10, 20 | Emily Smith
    Fresh off her spat with President Donald Trump, Mika Brzezinski has landed new a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, which published her 2011 book “Knowing Your Value.” The “Morning Joe” anchor has signed a deal with Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s publishing imprint said to be worth “in the high six figures,” sources exclusively tell Page Six. The newly closed deal will include a revised edition of “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth,” which will be released next spring with fresh interviews from female trailblazers about getting recognition in the business space and in personal relationships.
  • Nabokov, 40 years on: 13 things you probably didn’t know about the Lolita novelist

    07/10/2017 5:37:59 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies
    2 July 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov's death, the trilingual writer best known for his controversial work Lolita. A substantial anniversary as such is a fitting occasion to remember the man whose legacy will perhaps forever be inseparable from the image of a red lollipop and heart-shaped glasses. But with Nabokov, the question of an afterlife takes on an additional significance. Art as a vessel for spiritual transcendence was arguably Nabokovs principal preoccupation, the foundations to his literary temple. Many of his fictional characters take on this pursuit, to varying degrees of success, while his own nuanced...
  • Book-Loving Family in China Slowly Poisoned by Their Home Library

    07/08/2017 7:03:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Asia One ^ | Jul 07, 2017
    aside from the occasional paper cut or perhaps killer litter, books aren't typically a source of danger. But for a family living in Taizhou in China's Jiangsu province, their love of reading was slowly poisoning them - literally. At the end of last year, the family- which consists of a couple and their child- developed symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning, according to a report from Jiangsu Television. The adults suffered from constant coughing, while their child had rhinitis, an inflammation of the mucous membrane. Books in the family's home were to blame. The couple spent about 8,000 yuan (S$1,630) on medical...
  • Jane Austen's Correspondence to Be Offered at Sotheby's

    07/08/2017 2:52:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies ^ | July 8, 2017 | July 8, 2017
    Almost exactly 200 years to the day of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, a masterly comic letter written by the author to her favourite niece will come to sale for the very first time at Sotheby’s London on 11th July with an estimate of £80,000-100,000. The celebrated novelist, whose own literature has remained the subject of critique for over two centuries, is here seen exercising her own critical opinion of another writer’s work in a light-hearted jeu d’espirit which exudes not only Austen’s supreme intellect, but also her comic charm, Art Daily said. Dating from 29-30 October 1812, a critical...
  • The Summer Reading List by George Weigel

    07/06/2017 1:27:11 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | 6/28/2017 | George Weigel
    I recently met the good people of St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick, Massachusetts, which offers classical Catholic education to some very fortunate youngsters. The extensive summer reading lists the school suggests to those kids’ parents put me in mind of my high school English teacher, the late Fr. W. Vincent Bechtel—who did not, however, do suggestions, but made sure that his charges kept their noses to the grindstone from June through August by assigning us at least a half-dozen novels. Some of them—like Paul Horgan’s Things As They Are—I still reread with pleasure, a half-century later. So herewith,...
  • Chelsea Clinton is Sad No One Wants to Talk About Her Book on her Book Tour

    07/04/2017 7:53:37 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 48 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | 7/4/2017 | Emily Zanotti
    Chelsea Clinton is on tour promoting her children’s book, She Persisted, but all anyone wants to talk about is her mom – and it’s starting to drive her a little batty. (snip) But unfortunately for Chelsea, most people coming to her book events aren’t looking for a jobless daughter, selfishly capitalizing on the warm, fuzzy feeling progressive women have for the former Presidential candidate now that she’s been relegating to Broadway audiences and celebrity appearances in her local woodlands. “Maybe she’ll make a surprise appearance,” one kid at Chelsea’s most recent book signing said about Hillary. Another began the Q&A...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of July 3, 2017)

    07/02/2017 7:10:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies ^ | 7-3-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Presenting this year's ESPN 'Body Issue' covers (Disney's Gay Porn Magazine)

    07/01/2017 9:48:36 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-29-2017 | Cork gaines
    ESPN the Magazine has unveiled the covers for its annual "Body Issue." The five different covers will feature Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, MMA fighter Michelle Waterson, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, and Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas. The cover for Baez is the first in which the photo was shot using an iPhone, with photographer Dylan Coulter using an iPhone 7 Plus. In all, 23 athletes will appear in this year's issue, including Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, New Zealand All Blacks center Malakai Fekitoa, Joe Thornton of the San Jose...
  • People Think Ernest Hemingway Hated Women—He Absolutely Did Not

    07/01/2017 4:17:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Observer ^ | Ryan Blacketter
    All through college I heard that Hemingway hated women. Most professors dismissed his female characters as male fantasies, insubstantial, dependent on men, etcetera. But I had a different experience reading Hemingway. The author I encountered sympathized deeply with all people, women included. Though I have my own reservations about the macho, photo-op persona he embraced in middle-age—machine gunning sharks, swilling from a bottle, grinning next to a conquered marlin or lion—the younger Hemingway, in his early twenties, had a kid-like vitality and art-loving exuberance that were enormously appealing. A rapt listener and watcher, a student of people and books and...
  • Chelsea Clinton wants to talk about her kids’ book. Her readers have other ideas. (Barf alert)

    07/01/2017 10:41:34 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/30/2017 | Nora Krug
    (snip)There’s a girl-power movement in the picture-book world(snip) The little girls (and boys) reading these books are being primed for action rather than lulled to sleep. They are curious. They are inquisitive. They are not shy. They are, in a word, woke. And they want to talk about Hillary Clinton —(snip) Simcha Jacobs, 6, of Honolulu — said she was excited about the event “because I might see Hillary!” “Maybe she’ll make a surprise appearance,” the girl’s mother said hopefully. She did not. But Simcha was not alone in wanting to talk about Hillary and the current state of affairs...
  • The Loyalty of Arnie's Army

    06/30/2017 7:08:30 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5:30 AM, JUN 30, 2017 | GEOFFREY NORMAN
    He was, by any strict measure, not the best ever to play his game. That would be Jack Nicklaus or, maybe, Tiger Woods. Perhaps Ben Hogan. Or Bobby Jones. But you could certainly make the argument that Arnold Palmer was the greatest ever for the game. And it isn’t even close. No other golfer has ever been so widely known or well loved. None has done more to bring fans—and money—into golf, nor paid it back so handsomely. This is the case made by Tom Callahan in Arnie. The book is, mercifully, not a conventional, detailed biography of Arnold Palmer....
  • Word For The Day - ENNUI

    06/30/2017 6:17:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | 06-30-2017 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. ennui [ahn-wee, ahn-wee; French ahn-nwee] noun: 1. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: Example: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui. Word Origin: Mid 18th century: French, from Latin mihi in odio est ‘it is hateful to me.’ Compare with annoy. Synonyms for ennui noun boredom apathy languor melancholy sadness tedium weariness blahs blues dejection depression dissatisfaction doldrums dumps fatigue lassitude listlessness satiety spiritlessness surfeit...
  • Here Are All the Books Hillary Clinton Has Time to Read Now

    06/30/2017 4:50:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 34 replies
    The Cut ^ | 6/27/2017 | Claire Landsbaum
    Hillary Clinton has some unexpected free time on her hands these days, and as she told the audience at the American Library Association conference on Tuesday, she’s been filling it with things like hikes, white wine, and reading. The former presidential candidate said that after her election loss, one of the ways she found solace was by “going back to the familiar experience of losing myself in books.” Then she ticked off what she’s read since November: “I finished Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, I devoured mysteries by Louise Penny, Donna Leon, Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd,” she said. She continued, “I...
  • Why a 19th Century Russian Poet Is Going Viral on Facebook

    06/28/2017 10:10:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/29
    A comment by a prominent campaigner has touched off a fevered debate over Russian influence in a former Soviet republic. It's not so often that Romantic poets set social media alight. But that's exactly what happened when the subject of Alexander Pushkin came up on a Russian TV programme. The interviewee, Alexei Navalny, is an anti-corruption campaigner who has long been one of the leading figures opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a conversation on the independent Russian Dozhd TV channel, Navalny and presenter Ksenia Sobchak suggested that Pushkin - one of Russia's great cultural figures - was largely unknown...
  • Many College Students are ‘Book Virgins’

    06/27/2017 3:39:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | 6/24/16 | Daniel Lattier
    To gain admittance to college in the 17th century, students had to be able to read and translate various Latin authors on sight. 100 years ago, students were required to have read various classical works before being admitted. Today, however, many American students are being admitted to colleges without ever having read a book from start to finish. They are part of a cohort of students known as “book virgins.” The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has pointed out this phenomenon in their recent report titled “Beach Books: 2014-2016. What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?”...
  • Dodger Fan (short story)

    06/27/2017 12:57:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    DODGER FAN by Will Stanton Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1957 Link I first read this over fifty years ago.