Robot authors trying to compete with Orwell

A non-profit lab called Open AI has announced that they’ve trained a machine to read, write, translate, and summarize text unsupervised. According to Open AI’s blog post, the objective isRead more »

Major New Zealand bookstore chain removes Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life from its shelves

New Zealand’s response to the horrific string of deadly shootings in mosques on March 15 is one worth studying. Most notably, the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced in no uncertainRead more »

An online petition to stop Brexit crashes government website due to sheer number of supporters.

You know that feeling before an exam, of sheer panic and anxiety in the pit of your stomach? The dread of realising your coursework is due in and it’s nowhereRead more »

Alaa al-Aswany, Egyptian author and activist, is being sued by the Egyptian military for insulting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Alaa al-Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building and critic of the political regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will face a lawsuit filed by the military authority of Egypt. According to reportingRead more »

Facebook local news aggregator can’t find enough local news to work with

Today, a riddle: How can I live in a cool to semi-arid part of the United States and still live in a desert? Well my friend, that’s because you probablyRead more »

“Civilization backup” on its way to the moon

Corey Powell of NBC News reports that the Arch Mission Foundation is designing a “civilization backup” that will be sent to other planets and last at least 6 billion years. TheRead more »

Hail and Farewell: Jake Phelps of Thrasher magazine

As our man on the skateboard-publishing beat, it is my unfortunate duty today to report some sad news from one of the raddest corners of the publishing world: Jake Phelps, editor of ThrasherRead more »

Scholastic Harry Potter editor launching an independent publishing company

We all know J.K Rowling (a.k.a Mother Potter) to be the source of all things Hogwarts and Harry, and rightfully so. But what about the man behind the scenes responsibleRead more »

Amazon removes from the marketplace books promoting dangerous and false “cures” for autism

One week after concerns regarding Amazon’s algorithmic promotion of whack-o conspiracy theory garbage made headlines, the company is back in the news for removing a different breed of insane andRead more »

The “Burn Book” authored by Virginia Woolf instead of Regina George

The grandchildren of novelist Margaret Kennedy (1896-1967) recently found an interesting collaborative work that seems to be the 1920’s equivalent of the Burn Book as seen in the 2004 movieRead more »

The Library of Congress hopes to be and do more for the American people

According to Peggy McGlone at the Washington Post, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is set for a renovation that for some, might mean a shift in the institution’sRead more »

Deleted material from Kathy Acker: The Last Interview

  At long last, Kathy Acker: The Last Interview, is about to publish (this Tuesday, 3/12). At more than 200 pages, this addition to the series was growing rather long andRead more »

Cymru am byth! Welsh-language Braille books included in World Book Day 2019

Bore da!* It seems that Welsh (or Cymraeg)—the Celtic language spoken by our esteemed neighbours over the Severn—is rarely out of the news at the moment. Most recently, Radio 2Read more »

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