A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.
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A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.

We’re well into 2014, but perhaps you still have some of last year’s reading left. Stop and do not pass Go until you catch up with this one. “The best book you’ll read this year,” that 2013 New York Times Magazine assumption in search of rebuttal, introduces George Saunders’ Tenth of Dec.  So….anyhoo, let’s get … Continue reading »

When Civilizations Meet, or Astrobiology: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
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When Civilizations Meet, or Astrobiology: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The current Huffington Post cover story is “Astronomers to Congress: We’re Not Alone” Our favorite headline on the topic, however, is Wired’s:  This Alien Hearing Is the Best Thing Congress Has Done in Months. So suppose there is alien life. Let’s just take a moment to consider what happens when populations are introduced to each … Continue reading »

“Old People are a Problem” – How Emyr Humphreys, Sebastian Barry, & Other Authors Write About the Old
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“Old People are a Problem” – How Emyr Humphreys, Sebastian Barry, & Other Authors Write About the Old

Let’s look at some works about old people, by authors who won’t make you snooze off in your chair. In honor of the Hay Festival, the Library of Wales is offering free stories from Volumes I and II of Story, the Library’s anthology of the finest Welsh short fiction, during the month of May. We’re … Continue reading »

Found in Translation – Eleanor Chandler on the London Book Fair
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Found in Translation – Eleanor Chandler on the London Book Fair

At one point in our youth, we admit to being baffled by reading poetry that had been translated into English, yet still rhymed. What phenomenon was this? Was there some supernatural force at hand? Was English just overflowing with synonyms? Or did brilliant foreign poets plan their verse to accommodate the powerful English-language publishing industry? … Continue reading »

Puthi – Ancient Manuscripts Protected by Boiling and Curses
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Puthi – Ancient Manuscripts Protected by Boiling and Curses

At The Daily Star, (the largest circulating daily English-language newspaper in Bangladesh), Mannan Mashur Zarif explains how ancient manuscripts (puthi) were “written on parchment, leather, leaves, barks, and other materials available in nature. However, to impart longevity these materials were processed through dipping into boiling water and drying subsequently. In the process, the material turned grey or … Continue reading »