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    She once famously sang: 'I stay up too late, got nothing on my brain.' But students at the University of Texas at Austin will do well to not follow in Taylor Swift's footsteps when they study her lyrics on a radical new literary course, featuring fellow artistic heavyweights William Shakespeare and John Keats. The new course, The Taylor Swift Songbook, will allow undergraduates to live out their Wildest Dreams by studying the popstar's songwriting as part of its liberal arts program. The University of Texas at Austin is holding a course on Taylor Swift's lyrics as part of its liberal arts program (pictured at the graduation ceremony for New York University in May) English professor Elizabeth Scala told CNN Swift's lyrics can help illuminate similar techniques found in classic poetry.  She said: 'This is a course on her songs as literary writing and the ways a popular and award-winning writer uses the same literary devices, figures, and tropes of traditional poetry in her work. It is not about celebrity or fame. English professor Elizabeth Scala said Swift's lyrics can help...
    LVIV, Ukraine — It says something about modern Ukraine’s place in the world that an academic who takes “special pride” in publishing a Ukrainian translation of the complete works of J.R.R. Tolkien was determined also to print a series of manuals on military tactics and civilian survival in a war zone. “This is a bestseller,” Astrolabe Publishing founder Oleh Feschowetz told the Washington Examiner during a recent interview in his office. “One hundred thousand copies.” He was referring not to The Hobbit or The Silmarillion, but to Swiss army Maj. Hans von Dach’s mid-century guerrilla warfare manual, Total Resistance: A small war warfare manual for everyone — already in its seventh Astrolabe edition, just eight years after Feschowetz first printed the Ukrainian translation. “It was the first military book in the beginning of the war, [in] 2014.” Feschowetz did not enter the book industry to promote military expertise. He left a senior post in the philosophy department at the nearby Ivan Franko National University more than two decades ago on a “mission to return Ukraine to the Western civilization” —...
    It is necessary to “review dispassionately the literature that overwhelmingly shows masks to be ineffective” now that masks are optional, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a fierce critic of unscientific Chinese coronavirus mandates, said on Tuesday.  “Now that mask wearing on planes is voluntary and virtually everyone has voted not to wear masks, we need to review dispassionately the literature that overwhelmingly shows masks to be ineffective for aerosolized viral disease,” the senator said on Twitter, linking to a June 2020 piece titled, “Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy.” Now that mask wearing on planes is voluntary and virtually everyone has voted not to wear masks, we need to review dispassionately the literature that overwhelmingly shows masks to be ineffective for aerosolized viral disease.https://t.co/86mphMmyYB — Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 26, 2022 Indeed, studies show that cloth and drugstore masks are not effective at filtering aerosols, and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eventually updated its guidance, admitting that cloth masks are the least effective. Paul’s remarks follow a federal judge’s nixing of Biden’s...
    Hold on a second The American Center for Law & Justice caught wind of the issue and said it penned a legal letter — dated March 31 — to the interim director of the VA to "inform her that her decision, rather than upholding the Constitution, actually violated it" and "to demand that the display of Christian literature be returned forthwith to the gift shop." The ACLJ insisted that the Constitution "requires the government to be neutral toward religion, to neither favor it nor inhibit it. By removing only the religious display while leaving the secular display of Easter bunnies, the government singled out religion for special detriment — which it may not lawfully do." In addition, the ACLJ said "Easter is a time when many Christians exchange gifts. It makes sense for a gift shop to offer the type of items popular at Easter. Offering a religious product that visitors to your gift shop are looking for and wish to purchase — even in a gift shop in a federal facility like a VA...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Michael Woodward Jr. was invited to read his books as part of George Washington Carver Elementary School’s kickoff of Black History Month. He addresses the kindergarten class, which happens to include his youngest son. READ MORE: SEE IT: Florida Drawbridge Tender Fired After Raising Bridge With Car Still On It“Raise your hand if your mommy or daddy reads to you,” Woodward engaged the audience and then read his picture book Hare’s Big Heart, a story about kindness. The Miami native is a teacher first, an author second, and always a student. It is what he learned from his students that inspired him to write. While teaching third and fifth graders in Las Vegas he noted that students of color lacked an interest in literature. “I saw my children struggle – there’s only so much Frederick Douglass LeBron James that they can read. And it’s incredible because they are real stories – however children need to utilize ‘readers theater’,  they need to see themselves in ways that the world will never show them. It wasn’t that they couldn’t...
    A Virginia school board is moving to remove any literature labeled "sexually explicit" from its library shelves. The Spotsylvania County School Board unanimously voted to direct staff members to remove any literature that contains "sexually explicit" content from its library shelves. The order was filed after a parent complained about the presence of LGBT content in the school's literature, according to the Free Lance-Star . "I think we should throw those books in a fire," board member Rabih Abuismail said. SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ARRESTED ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES Kirk Twigg, another board member, agreed, saying he wanted to "see the books before we burn them so we can identify within our community that we are eradicating this bad stuff." The directive will remove any sexually explicit content from shelves, although it remains unclear how it defines "sexually explicit." The board stated its intent to review the criteria for material being "objectionable" at a later review of the library's literary content. The incident was inspired by a parent discovering 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp, a...
    Tanzanian-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for his writings on post-colonialism and the trauma of the refugee experience. Gurnah, who grew up on the island of Zanzibar but arrived in England as a refugee at the end of the 1960s, is the fifth African to win the Nobel Literature Prize. He's the first black writer to win since Toni Morrison in 1993. The Swedish Academy said Gurnah was honoured 'for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.' 'His novels recoil from stereotypical descriptions and open our gaze to a culturally diversified East Africa unfamiliar to many in other parts of the world,' the Nobel Foundation added.  Abdulrazak Gurnah reads for a Canterbury Cathedral project in Canterbury, England. He went to Britain as a student in the late 1960s to escape persecution of Arab citizens during the Zanzibar Revolution Copies of 'Afterlives' by Tanzanian-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah are displayed at Waterstones bookshop in central London Gurnah told the Nobel Prize website...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.K.-based Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose work explores the legacies of imperialism on uprooted individuals, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. The Swedish Academy said the award went to the 73-year-old novelist in recognition of his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” Born in Zanzibar in 1948, Gurnah moved to Britain as a teenage refugee after a 1964 uprising on the Indian Ocean island. Recently retired as a professor of post-colonial literature at the University of Kent, he is the author of 10 novels, including “Paradise,” which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994, “By the Sea” and “Desertion.” Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel Committee for literature, called him “one of the world’s most prominent post-colonial writers,” with his roots in Zanzibar, a place that “was cosmopolitan long before globalization bonus.” He said Gurnah’s characters “find themselves in the gulf between cultures … between the life left behind and the life to come, confronting racism and prejudice,...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prize for literature awarded to Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 2021 Nobel Prize for literature is being announced Thursday, an award that has in the past honored poets, novelists and even a songwriter, Bob Dylan. The Swedish Academy will announce the recipient in Stockholm at about 1 p.m. (1100 GMT; 7 a.m. EDT). Winners are famously hard to predict. This year’s favorites, according to British bookmakers, include Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, French writer Annie Ernaux, Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Canada’s Margaret Atwood and Antiguan-American writer Jamaica Kincaid. Last year’s prize went to American poet Louise Glück for what the judges described as her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Glück was a popular choice after several years of controversy. In 2018 the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners. The awarding of the 2019 prize to Austrian writer Peter Handke caused protests because of his strong support for the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars. The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14...
    If you have a recent impression of Ernest Hemingway, it’s probably Corey Stoll’s bombastic, scene-stealing, near-parody depiction of him in Woody Allen’s 2011 comedy Midnight in Paris. Stoll plays a handsome, young Hemingway in Paris in the 1920s—before Key West, before Havana, before the African safaris, before For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, and before his second, third, and fourth wives. In that film, Owen Wilson’s character is writing a novel about a memorabilia shop and asks Hemingway if it sounds terrible. “No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure,” Stoll’s Hemingway says with earnest deadpan. Might Hemingway read the novel and render an opinion? “My opinion is, I hate it. If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing. If it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate it all the more.” Because he was born in 1899 and found soaring celebrity a generation before TV news or Super 8 home videos, there are very...
    Ex-US vaccine chief fired over sexual harassment allegations College administrator, brother identified as victims in attack captured on Zoom Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6 tasks players with finding Literature Samples scattered all over the island. The next set of challenges are live in Season 6, Primal and players are already rushing off to achieve them. One of these is to find "Literature Samples" while adventuring on the map. It's unclear exactly what these are for—whether players are simply supposed to make sure they don't get disappeared by the Zero Point meant to keep them safe in a Fahrenheit 451 middle school throwback—but they offer XP upon completion, regardless. Here's where they're hiding. Lynx might be the one who starts fights, but her sister has always finished them. From the catwalk to the Island, Alli struts with style into the Fortnite Crew on April 1st.https://t.co/rYjF0L5TF4 pic.twitter.com/k8DK6LAbNV— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 24, 2021Literature Samples Locations in FortniteLiterature Samples can spawn in just about any location a player would normally find a bookshelf as furniture or clutter. Unsurprisingly, they're most commonly sighted...
    FORTNITE has a brand new challenge – and it's tasked you with finding literature samples. These samples are scattered across Fortnite, and are easy to find if you know where to look. 2Fortnite's island has changed dramatically with the new seasonCredit: Epic Games Where to find Fortnite Literature Samples In the new Chapter 2 Season 6 update, one of the challenges is to find literature samples. The challenge is live now, and you get 24,000XP for completion. There are at least five samples scattered across Fortnite, but you only need four. There are two samples at each both Lazy Lake and Pleasant Park, and at least one at Retail Row. That means you only really need to visit two of the locations to collect the items needed to complete the challenge. In Lazy Lake, you'll want to look for a house with a swimming pool in the southwest corner of the area. 2Gamers are hunting for literature samples scattered across the islandCredit: Epic Games Go into the house's basement and look for some stairs. There's a sample in the bookcase...
    More states aim to offer vaccines for people 16 and older in coming weeks Biden under investigation for border wall cash freeze Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad © Provided by GamePur One of the challenges in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 Week 2 is to obtain literature samples from Pleasant Park, Lazy Lake, or Retail Row. You can actually get this challenge finished just by visiting Pleasant Park and Retail Row, thankfully. Below you will find a video and maps show you where to go to find the literature samples. Pleasant Park © Provided by GamePur The first literature sample in Pleasant Park can be found in the white house just on the southwest side of town. Go inside the door and take a left and it will be sitting on a bookshelf. The second can be found in the house at the top of that street, and is in the room where Agent Jonesy tends to hang out. Once again, you can find it on a bookshelf. Retail Row ©...
    The year was 1907, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was sitting at his desk when his secretary brought in a bulky package. Inside was a letter from a convicted criminal and a clutch of newspaper cuttings. It wasn’t hard to guess what the man wanted. Ever since creating the master detective Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle had been bombarded with requests to solve crimes — from burglaries to murders — all of which he’d turned down. This particular note was from a man called George Edalji — the so-called ‘Wyrley Ripper’ — who’d been jailed for seven years for mutilating horses and writing threatening letters. The more he read, the more Conan Doyle’s interest was caught. He made a snap decision: despite having no training as a detective himself, he would try to clear George’s name. The year was 1907, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured) was sitting at his desk when his secretary brought in a bulky package In the end, the Edalji case would be the only real-life investigation Conan Doyle ever became personally involved with — tracking...
    A New York City school principal is asking parents to take time to “reflect” on their “whiteness.” Education officials confirmed to the New York Post on Tuesday that the East Side Community School in Manhattan has distributed material aimed at building an “ethnography of whiteness, since white people have been the ones writing about and governing others.” Some of the material involves a ranking system in which white people self-identify as one of eight identities, ranging from “White Supremacist” to “White Abolitionist.” SCOOP: The principal of East Side Community School in New York sent white parents this "tool for action," which tells them they must become "white traitors" and then advocate for full "white abolition." This is the new language of public education. pic.twitter.com/0XA3xUpcuT— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 15, 2021 Officials said the material, which was developed by Barnor Hesse, a professor of African studies at Northwestern University, was shown to staff by parents before the principal decided to share it with all parents. The principal reportedly sent the material to parents as “part of a series...
    NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell had to issue an apology to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday after she wrongly accused Cruz of misquoting literature in reference to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The mea culpa came after reporters asked several Republican senators their reaction to House Democratic managers arguments in the case, to which Cruz responded the case was like Shakespeare, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Mitchell took to Twitter to supposedly embarrass Cruz by saying the quote did not come from Shakespeare, but American author William Faulkner. However, Cruz fired back, citing the MacBeth soliloquy where the quote appears. "Methinks she doth protest too much," Cruz posted to Twitter. "One would think NBC would know the Bard. Andrea, take a look at Macbeth act 5, scene 5: "[Life] struts & frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound & fury, Signifying nothing." The correction resulted in a storm of sarcastic comments to Mitchell, who eventually had to apologize. "I...
    The University of Leicester has seen academics resign or cut ties after it removed studies in Medieval English in favour of a “decolonised curriculum”. The university announced in January its intentions to remove Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowolf — two seminal works of English literature — and replace them with courses focusing on sexuality, diversity, race, and ethnicity. In response to the leftist assault on yet another aspect of British history, at least two academics have resigned in protest, and a vote of no-confidence has been called. Professor Isobel Armstrong, a fellow of the British Academy, has also returned her honorary doctorate “in protest at the egregious attack on the integrity of English at Leicester and the attempt to eradicate 1,000+ years of language and literature from the curriculum,” according to The Times. The woke purge could also see texts from John Milton’s Paradise Lost removed from coursework and the study of poet John Donne and playwright Christopher Marlowe cut back. A letter from 18 medieval studies fellows at the British Academy, organised by Oxford...
    A tricky new 10-question quiz will put your general knowledge to the test. The challenge was created by Cody Cross for US-based trivia website Playbuzz, and is so difficult that the creator claims 'no one' has scored full marks. Topics covered include geography, history, human anatomy and literature so you'll have to have a broad knowledge base to get a perfect score. So do you think you have what it takes to prove him wrong?  The creator of this general knowledge quiz shared on the US-based platform Playbuzz doesn't think anyone can get a perfect score. Can you prove them wrong? (stock image) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'He was sacrificed so that I could stay': Woman, 55,... 'I slept like a baby': Amazon shoppers say this £20 memory... Share this article Share 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.  Answers!  1. Drachma 2. Lenin 3. William Faulkner...
    Amid the current hysteria of toppling statues and renaming things, we keep mindlessly expanding the cancel culture. We are now seeing efforts to ban classics of Western and American literature. These hallowed texts are suddenly being declared racist or sexist by preening moralists. Or, as one Massachusetts high school teacher recently boasted on social media, “Very proud to say we got the Odyssey removed from the curriculum this year!” Proud? Over 20 years ago, John Heath and I co-authored “Who Killed Homer?” We warned that that faddish postmodernist race, class and gender theories — coupled with narrow academic specialization — was killing the formal discipline of classics in universities. We worried that without custodians, the appeal of the great literature of Greece and Rome might wane in high schools as well. And it apparently has. But why should we still read classics such as Homer’s “Odyssey” in the first place? Classics teach us about the great challenges of the human experience — growing up, learning from adversity, never giving up, and tragically accepting that we are often at the mercy...
    Catherine Wallace Hope might live in the Pacific Northwest these days, but her roots are planted deep in Colorado soil. From her ancestry to her education, it’s all Denver. And so is her novel Once Again, a science-fiction thriller released this month that takes advantage of the local landscape and asks the question What if you had one chance to save someone you lost? It's an interesting question, especially during this pandemic, but also one long asked in literature and entertainment. Works including H.G. Wells, W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw," Stephen King's 11/22/63 even Avengers: Endgame have all given their takes on time and the possibility and price of traveling within. We caught up with Hope to talk about her novel, her family’s strong history in Denver, her ongoing work with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and how she hopes to give something back, literary-style. Westword: Tell me about your new novel and where the idea for it came from.Related Stories Tattered Cover's Rapid About-Face on Black Lives Matter Solidarity Lighthouse Writers Workshop Takes Lit Fest and Classes Online TaraShea Nesbit on Writing and This...
    American poet Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for her “candid and uncompromising” work – she’s the first American woman to win the major award in 27 years. She joins a handful of American poets who have received the prize, which has been dominated by novelists since the first award in 1901. She is also one of the few women honored — the 16th female Nobel Literature laureate. Glück is the first American woman since Toni Morrison took the prize in 1993. Her poetry looks unflinchingly and with biting humor at loss and trauma, especially in family life. TRUMP GETS THIRD 2020 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINATION The Nobel Committee praised Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal” in its citation. Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel literature committee, said Glück’s 12 collections of poetry were “characterized by striving for clarity.” Olsson said her verses, which often draw on classical Greek and Roman myths, were marked by an “austere but also playful intelligence and a refined sense of composition.” New...
    Poet Louis Glck received the 2016 National Humanitarian Medal from President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, Glck was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. Carolyn Coaster / A.P. Hide the title Change the title Carolyn Coaster / A.P. Poet Louis Glck received the 2016 National Humanitarian Medal from President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, Glck was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. Carolyn Coaster / A.P. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to the American poet Louis Klook, for which the Swedish Academy “makes global presence unique with difficult beauty” is his vague poetic voice. Glck is the 16th woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and she already holds the Heavyweight Prize worthy of the bookshelf: her collection for the 1992 National Book Award, a National Humanitarian Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize. The Wild Iris. He published his first collection of poems, The first child In 1968; He is currently a writer at...
    By Emma Reynolds | CNN The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to the American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Glück is a professor of English at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She made her debut in 1968 with “Firstborn,” and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and the National Book Award in 2014. She has published 12 collections of poetry and several volumes of essays on poetry. Her writing is characterized by a striving for clarity and focuses on themes of childhood and family relationships, according to notes from Anders Olsson, Chairman of the Nobel Committee. “Snowdrops,” from her 1992 Pulitzer-winning collection The Wild Iris, describes the miraculous return of life after winter. “Averno” (2006) is an interpretation of the myth of Persephone’s descent into hell in the captivity of Hades, the god of death. Her latest collection was “Faithful and Virtuous Night” in 2014. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna on Wednesday. They discovered the CRISPR/Cas9...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice.” Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    STOCKHOLM – The Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded Thursday after several years of controversy and scandal for the world’s pre-eminent literary accolade. In 2018 the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners, and sparked a mass exodus of members. After the academy revamped itself in a bid to regain the trust of the Nobel Foundation, two laureates were named last year, with the 2018 prize going to Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 award to Austria’s Peter Handke. Handke’s prize caused a storm of protest: a strong supporter of the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars, he has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes. Several countries including Albania, Bosnia and Turkey boycotted the Nobel awards ceremony in protest, and a member of the committee that nominates candidates for the literature prize resigned. This year the academy is likely to seek a more harmonious choice for the 10 million kronor (more than $1.1 million) prize. Authors often mentioned as contenders include Kenya’s Ngugi...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded Thursday after several years of controversy and scandal for the world’s pre-eminent literary accolade. In 2018 the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners, and sparked a mass exodus of members. After the academy revamped itself in a bid to regain the trust of the Nobel Foundation, two laureates were named last year, with the 2018 prize going to Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 award to Austria’s Peter Handke. Handke’s prize caused a storm of protest: a strong supporter of the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars, he has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes. Several countries including Albania, Bosnia and Turkey boycotted the Nobel awards ceremony in protest, and a member of the committee that nominates candidates for the literature prize resigned. This year the academy is likely to seek a more harmonious choice for the 10 million kronor (more than $1.1 million) prize. Authors often mentioned as contenders include Kenya’s Ngugi...
    Chelsea Handler posed nude on top of an outdoor ping pong table in order to promote different books from a diverse selection of authors. Handler, 45, sprawled out and covered her breasts with ping pong paddles, while her butt was hidden with three works of literature for her informal book club titled “#GetLitWithChelsea.” “Do you like to have fun with literature and ping pong?” she began the caption. CHELSEA HANDLER RECREATES MARTHA STEWART'S 'THIRST TRAP' POOL SELFIE, GETS A RESPONSE FROM THE LIFESTYLE GURU The “Hello Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea” star continued: “Do you want to educate yourself in the hot summer sun? Here is what I’m adding to my brain this month. Read with me.” Handler also posted videos of herself explaining why she chose “Why I Write” by George Orwell, “Begin Again” by Eddie S. Glaude and “I’ll Be Right There” by Kyung Sook Shin as her latest reads. “Do you guys like to have fun while you read? I do,” the comedian said in one video before removing the ping pong paddles and exposing her breasts. “I love...
    Salman Rushdie, pictured, has warned that Left-wing ‘cancel culture’ is a threat to literature and freedom of speech Salman Rushdie has warned that Left-wing ‘cancel culture’ is a threat to literature and freedom of speech. Responding to the idea that authors should write only ‘what they know’ or risk being ‘cancelled’, the Booker Prize winner said he could not accept that ‘there are areas in which censorship is acceptable’.  He added: ‘I’ve always seen democracy as a public square in which everyone is arguing... The ability to have the argument is what I would call freedom because in countries that are authoritarian the first thing rulers try to do is to shut down that argument.’  The Anglo-Indian author has long been a staunch defender of free speech and his own life was under threat for many years after Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him in 1989, following the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'The show feels done': Ellen's production staff are... Scottish...
    The Swedish Academy has taken neo-nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) to court, alleging that the group may not quote works of classic Swedish literature on their website. The Academy, which chooses Nobel Prize winners for literature, has argued that NMR’s website “Nordfront” has violated section 51 of the Swedish Copyright Act by frequently quoting several Swedish Romantic-era poets. Section 51 of the copyright law states that works whose copyright has expired and fallen into the public domain are protected against reproduction “in a way that violates the interests of spiritual cultivation”, broadcaster SVT reports. NMR, meanwhile, have argued that they have not distorted the classical works because they have simply reproduced them exactly and stated that the section of the copyright law does not apply. Sweden Creates ‘Hate Speech Robot’ To Combat Hate Online https://t.co/9zVPLJaz22 — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) May 7, 2019 They went on to say that the law is designed to prevent edited editions of existing works that may be shortened or distorted by publishers looking to make a profit. The Swedish Academy has been given until August 28th...
    A police car with siren blaring bears down on a Black man who wonders what he’s done wrong. Maybe he was speeding. He’s wearing blue jeans, a sweater and a baseball cap, and he stands silently as a hulking 6-foot-5-inch white cop confronts him, yelling and cursing and demanding to know why he’s there—a Black man who’s not in a suit and tie in a white neighborhood after dark.  The scene is all too commonplace, except this was Isaiah “Ike” Leggett, running for a third term as Montgomery County Executive in the wealthy suburb adjacent to Washington, D.C. “To him I was just another Black face,” Leggett says, recalling the 2014 incident. “It didn’t matter who I was, what I was doing, I was a Black face in front of him.”  The situation was defused when a white female officer emerged from the police car. Leggett said he could tell by the look on her face that she recognized him. Her partner was from neighboring Howard County, she explained, and didn’t recognize him. “Imagine if I were a teenager who...
    A new literature-themed emoji quiz is sending social media users wild as they struggle to work out the titles of well-known books based on picture clues.   Charitable organisation Lincs Libraries, which runs libraries in Lincolnshire, shared the tricky eight-question quiz on Twitter this week.  Dozens of followers commented to say how tricky it was to complete, with only the most avid readers able to score full marks.  The books chosen span a range of genres and time periods so you'll need a comprehensive knowledge of literature to pass.   Think you have what it takes? Scroll down to take the test and then check your answer at the bottom of the story. 1.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Parents of boy, 11, who was left in tears on The School that... Kate Middleton is more like the Queen than Princess Diana... Share this article Share 2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.    ANSWERS  1. Down and Out...
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