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Monday, 17 July 2017

Doctor Faust's handy guide to conjuring up demons

quote [ Faust was a scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy. He was an itinerant alchemist, astrologer, magician, and occultist. He performed magic tricks in shows and wrote horoscopes on commission. During his life, he was variously described as a trickster, a fraud, and a con man?-mainly due to customers dissatisfied with their horoscopes. ]

Watch out or you'll get your wish
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Galaxy Magazine Now Available at Internet Archive

quote [ Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break in to the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading... ]

Now available online, a bunch of classic small-format magazines from the golden age of scifi.
Read 'em online, or download for later.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

America?s Top Prosecutors Used to Go After Top Executives. What Changed?

quote [ Why was virtually no one prosecuted for causing the 2008 financial crisis, which devastated the global economy and cost the United States almost nine million jobs? Some people think the fix is in: Bankers control the government, so they can get away with anything. Others claim that the banks did nothing wrong to begin with ? or, alternatively, that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone in particular committed a crime. In this new book, the ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger tells a different story: Since the turn of the century, changes in the political landscape, the defense bar, the courts and most important the Justice Department have undermined both the ability and the resolve of America?s top prosecutors to go after corporations or their executives. ]

Nytimes, full review is in the extended.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Why ?woke? was added to the dictionary

quote [ You?re thinking about the dictionary all wrong, lexicographers say. ]

I've been thinking about the dictionary all wrong
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Wandering Inn

quote [ An inn is a place to rest, a place to talk and share stories, or a place to find adventures, a starting ground for quests and legends.

In this world, at least. To Erin Solstice, an inn seems like a medieval relic from the past. But here she is, running from Goblins and trying to survive in a world full of monsters and magic. She?d be more excited about all of this if everything wasn?t trying to kill her.

But an inn is what she found, and so that?s what she becomes. An innkeeper who serves drinks to heroes and monsters?

Actually, mostly monsters. But it?s a living, right? ]

It's a fantasy novel updating twice a week.

People from our world find themselves in a weird fantasy setting where classes, levels and skills are things people are aware of and openly talking about.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Paris? Dusty Diary : A Peek Inside the City?s Most Secret Library

quote [ Guarded by a fortress of medieval walls cut from thick ominous sandstone, Les Archives Nationales means business. The former humble abode to a member of the French aristocracy, today this decadent sprawling chateau houses France?s most precious documents, each securely locked behind layers of mahogany-framed, etched-glass bookshelves. ]
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein

quote [ This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal. ]
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

The 19th-Century Book of Horrors That Scared German Kids Into Behaving

quote [ Original illustrations from the book that inspired Edward Scissorhands. ]
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Monday, 12 June 2017

The Crisis Of Expertise

quote [ In a 2015 story that seemed to encapsulate the death of expertise, an eighth-grader named Rebecca Fried claimed that Jensen was wrong, not least because of research she did on Google. She was respectful, but determined. ?He has been doing scholarly work for decades before I was born, and the last thing I want to do was show disrespect for him and his work,? she said later. It all seemed to be just another case of a precocious child telling an experienced teacher ? an emeritus professor of history, no less ? that he had not done his homework.

But, as it turns out, she was right and he was wrong. Such signs existed, and they weren?t that hard to find. ]

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Anthony Burgess' lost dictionary of slang discovered

quote [ A Clockwork Orange author only managed entries for three letters and his abortive labours were thought to have gone for ever. ]

"What's it going to be then, eh?" Burgess' invented language, Nadsat, is basically a couple hundred words transliterated from Russian. Kubrick's movie includes very little of it. But as Burgess noted, "by the time you finish reading the novel, you've been brainwashed into a basic Russian vocabulary."

Real horrorshow news for us talky malchickiwicks.
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