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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Marvel Comics shows us exactly what Captain America would have done in Vietnam

quote [ So it?s no surprise that Spider-Man: Life Story #1 is a Spider-Man story ? except for when it isn?t. Sure, it?s definitely about Peter in the ?60s, not long after he was bitten by everyone?s favorite radioactive spider, but it?s also a look into just what some of Marvel?s other A-Listers were doing at the time. By revising Marvel Comics history with a modern eye and blending it with Marvel Universe history, Life Story #1 does what the real comics of the ?60s didn?t, couldn?t.

It takes an honest look at where Captain America would have stood on the Vietnam War. ]

I hate when my non-political comics get political. /s
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Machine learning has revealed exactly how much of a Shakespeare play was written by someone else

quote [ Literary analysts have long noticed the hand of another author in Shakespeare?s Henry VIII. Now a neural network has identified the specific scenes in question?and who actually wrote them. ]

Full article in extended.

[SFW] [literature] [+5 Interesting]
[by snowfox@12:05pmGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of Paradise Lost

quote [ John Milton?s Paradise Lost has been many things to many people ? a Christian epic, a comment on the English Civil War, the epitome of poetic ambiguity ? but it is first of all a pleasure to read. Drawing on sources as varied as Wordsworth, Hitchcock, and Conan Doyle, author Philip Pullman considers the sonic beauty and expert storytelling of Milton's masterpiece, and the influence it has had on his own work. ]

who would have guessed milton's paradise lost could be found
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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Say Good-Bye to the Ten-Digit ISBN

quote [ The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced last week that newly purchased ISBNs sold through Bowker will soon be sporting a 979 prefix. ]

So they need a new number space, but in practice it's a new country code? Sounds tricky.
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@8:01pmGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Apostrophe society shuts down because 'ignorance has won'

quote [ A society dedicated to preserving the correct use of the apostrophe has shut down because "ignorance has won".  Retired journalist John Richards, 96, started the Apostrophe Protection Society in 2001 to make sure the ?much-abused? punctuation mark was being used correctly. But Mr Richards has now announced: ?With regret I have to announce that, after some 18 years, I have decided to close the Apostrophe Protection Society. ]

That's that then. I could have spent all that time at school designing imaginary Star Wars computers games instead.
[SFW] [literature] [+2 Sad]
[by cb361@10:54pmGMT] [7 comments]

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Books in Idaho prisons: What's allowed, what isn't, and what they mean to those inside

quote [ KUNA ? About halfway through a Q&A after Anthony Doerr?s seminar at the Idaho State Correctional Institution last month, someone asked if it was the first time he?d spoken to a group of people in prison. The Boise-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist replied it was, indeed, the first. ]

And they wrote her name in the prison books
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Interesting]
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Monday, 4 November 2019

America's First Banned Book Really Ticked Off the Plymouth Puritans

quote [ The author, known as the ?Lord of Misrule,? had the audacity to erect a maypole in Massachusetts. ]

And you dance around the maypole
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