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Crossing Divides: Why I read aloud to strangers
An online project wants lovers of literature from across the world to read aloud regularly to each other.
Media captionLisandro Gaertner reads aloud to Joe Cheff An online project is asking lovers of literature to read aloud to strangers. But what do participants get out of it? During the week Joe Cheff manages an IT department for an autoparts producer in Det… [+5986 chars]
https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews
2019-08-04 01:35:55




Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88
Ms. Morrison, who wrote “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel in Literature.
Toni Morrison, the 1993 Nobel laureate in Literature, whose work explored black identity in America and in particular the experience of black women, died on Monday at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, said in a statement. … [+909 chars]
Margalit Fox
2019-08-06 13:50:03




The wit and wisdom of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison; the writer, editor and professor, has always moved people with her words, whether she's making a speech or writing a novel. To celebrate her wit and wisdom, Leading Women have collated some of her most powerful quotes on topics from love to lit… [+34 chars]

2019-08-06 13:50:26




Toni Morrison saw into the heart of America
Toni Morrison was unmatched in her impact on American life and letters. Her passing this week is especially poignant given her understanding of whiteness, her recognition that, as she wrote in November 2016, 'for many people, the definition of "Americanness" …
Toni Morrison the life of the party. Thank you for giving life to US to Black people through your words. : Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Maya Angelou, Oprah, Angela Davis, Susan Taylor & others at a party celebrating Toni's Nobel Prize in Literature. #blackw… [+93 chars]
Jane Carr
2019-08-07 10:43:00

Literature-Based Discovery
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Literature-based discovery is a form of knowledge extraction and automated hypothesis generation that uses papers and other academic publications (the "literature") to find new relationships between existing knowledge (the "discovery"). The technique was pion… [+1712 chars]
Contributors to Wikimedia projects
2019-08-03 04:20:23




To Meme, or Not to Meme? Meet the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind SparkNotes’ Genius Twitter Account
A 26-year-old writer who runs SparkNotes' Twitter account is using memes to help students understand classic literature.
When people think of their high school English classes, a few things usually tend to come to mind: memorizing sonnets, slogging through long novels with arcane language, and — of course — cramming before tests using SparkNotes. The company is known for prov… [+3187 chars]
Madeline Fitzgerald
2019-07-30 20:58:22




The Museum Is the Refugee’s Home
Without exiles and émigrés there is no modern culture. A new show in Washington maps a century of art and displacement.
THE REFUGEE CRISIS HAS NOT BEEN INVISIBLE in the art world. At this years Venice Biennale it is in fact all too visible in the form of Christoph Büchels Barca Nostra, for which the Swiss artist exhibited an actual deathtrap vessel in which hundreds of migrant… [+1815 chars]
Jason Farago
2019-08-13 10:16:08

Code Is Not Literature (2014)
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I have started code reading groups at the last two companies Ive worked at, Etsy and Twitter, and some folks have asked for my advice about code reading and running code reading groups. Tl;dr: dont start a code reading group. What you should start instead Ill… [+11969 chars]

2019-08-11 10:33:12




Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88
U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved" about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at the age of 88, her publisher said.
(Reuters) - U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel “Beloved” about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at the age of 88, her pu… [+3178 chars]
Bill Trott
2019-08-06 15:21:06




100 Great Books for an Ambitious Teenage Reader
Classics and contemporary novels, comics and plays, literature and trash.
  1. I Can Fit Twice As Many Shoes in My Closet Thanks to These Shoe Slots
  2. The Most Painful Mask Ever Is Like a Dyson for My Pores
  3. The Perfect Meditative, Low-Cost Hobby to Keep You Off Your Phone
  4. No Hobby Is More S… [+5826 chars]
    Dan Kois
    2019-07-23 16:16:06




Toni Morrison, Trailblazing Author Of ‘Beloved,’ Dead At 88
Morrison won both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.
The trailblazing author Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize, died Monday night at the age of 88, her publisher, Knopf, confirmed in a tweet Tuesday. Morrison was best known for her 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “… [+333 chars]
Marina Fang
2019-08-06 13:36:57




Toni Morrison, Award-Winning Author of Beloved and More, Dead at 88
Morrison's accolades included a Pulitzer, a Nobel Prize in literature, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Toni Morrison on Sept. 21, 2012 during a reception in Paris.
  1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Shows Tarantino Is the Rare Kind of Director Who Shouldnt Retire
  2. The Dark History of the Years Bestselling Debut Novelist
  3. Jimmy Kimme… [+1909 chars]
    Marissa Martinelli
    2019-08-06 14:40:16




Star Architect Must Pay Venice Over Bridge Too Fragile for Tourists
An Italian court fined Santiago Calatrava 78,000 euros, saying the damage done to the glass-and-steel structure by rolling luggage was predictable.
In other words, one source of damage to the glass panels was falling tourists. Even some fans of the bridge agreed that it had its problems. Shaul Bassi, a professor of English literature at the Ca Foscari university in Venice, said he admired the bridges b… [+1243 chars]
Anna Momigliano
2019-08-16 18:24:05




Your Tuesday Briefing
Democratic Debate, Capital One, Baltimore: Here’s what you need to know.
Go: Erich Wolfgang Korngolds opera Das Wunder der Heliane has premiered in America nearly a century after it was written. See it at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., through Sunday. Read: Book reviews in our archives written by some of the biggest n… [+1042 chars]
Chris Stanford
2019-07-30 09:32:56




Our Graham Greene in Havana
The author’s trips to Cuba had an impact on more than just literature.
In adolescence, Graham Greene found relief from boredom by playing Russian roulette. In the 1950s, he sought distraction from his manic depression through multiple foreign trips to turbulent spots around the world. These trips provided the background to what … [+6359 chars]

2019-08-18 17:23:14




How a Young Adult Author Got Her Start Writing 'Pride and Prejudice' Fanfic About Neopets
Trying to escape the colonial baggage of English literature, Jordan Ifueko took her fantasies to Neopia.
In 2008, the Neopian Times, the in-game newspaper of virtual pet site Neopets, published a serialized story called Pride, Prose, and Princes by a user who went by dancingpetal. The story chronicles the travails of Lindsey the Zafara (a kangaroo-like Neopet), … [+7882 chars]
Elizabeth Ballou, Jason Koebler, Robert Zacny
2019-07-23 11:51:36




16 of the best-loved books and works by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, who died at age 88
Beloved author Toni Morrison died on August 5 at age 88, her publisher confirmed. The Nobel Laureate and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient was a novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Here are 16 of her most…
As Andrew Chow wrote in his TIME obituary of Toni Morrison, the beloved author "illuminated the joys and agonies of black American life through breathtakingly vital works." Morrison, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature, a Presidential Medal of Free… [+355 chars]
Kat Tenbarge
2019-08-06 16:47:08




What I’ve Learned From Teaching the ‘Snowflake Generation’ About Trauma
Every September, as summer ends and the first day of school approaches, I spend a lot of time thinking about darkness. Perhaps other teachers would say the same, jokingly. But I teach a high school course on trauma literature, and my students belong to a gene…
Every September, as summer ends and the first day of school approaches, I spend a lot of time thinking about darkness. Perhaps other teachers would say the same, jokingly. But I teach a high school course on trauma literature, and my students belong to a gen… [+5319 chars]
Kate McQuade
2019-08-22 21:29:53




Researchers look into keeping autonomous vehicles from becoming mobile vomitoriums
If you're like me, and I'm just going to assume most of you are, motion sickness is a serious consideration on any car trip where you're not driving. So what are we supposed to do in self-driving vehicles? Researchers are finally looking into this question wi…
If you’re like me, and I’m just going to assume most of you are, motion sickness is a serious consideration on any car trip where you’re not driving. So what are we supposed to do in self-driving vehicles? Researchers are finally looking into this question wi… [+2899 chars]
Devin Coldewey
2019-08-20 21:57:33




You can sell '1984' on Amazon with the text replaced with anything you want because of an obscure copyright rule, and it's like a real-life Ministry of Truth
Opportunists are selling copies of George Orwell's "1984" on Amazon with nonsense on the pages, exploiting a legal quirk echoing the plot of the novel itself. Cheaper, error-strewn versions of "1984," as well as other books by Orwell, are printed in countries…
People are selling counterfeit versions of George Orwell's "1984" on Amazon with the text replaced with gibberish because of an obscure copyright rule — echoing the novel itself. The New York Times reports that in some countries where "1984" is in the publ… [+3052 chars]
Bill Bostock
2019-08-20 13:01:25
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