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From the garden table where we chat, I have a good view of John Boyne’s “ego room” – the pale green, light-drenched annex he comes to, at 8:30 am every morning, seven days. out of seven, to write, and which is filled with global editions of the 21 books he has produced over the past …

Jk rowling today called a Twitter troll who tweeted a death threat against her claiming unsuccessful attempts to undo it following comments she made about transgender issues left critics “only one place to go.” An account titled ‘Sam (Egocom Arc)’ told the author last night: ‘Wish you a nice pipe bomb in the mailbox [sic]’. …

– Pedro Ribeiro Simões Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi – Dante, Inferno XXXI: 67 A CURIOUS news item has been around recently: the military now employs novelists and literary types to predict the future. The zero point of this initiative – which looks like a NATO initiative – is Tübingen, Germany, and it is led …

Photo source: Pedro Ribeiro Simões – CC BY 2.0 “Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi” -Dante, Hell XXXI: 67 A curious news Object has been around recently: the military now employs novelists and literary types to predict the future. The zero point of this initiative – which looks like a NATO initiative – is Tübingen, Germany, …

HONG KONG — One of Hong Kong’s most established pro-democracy civic organizations said it was laying off paid staff and halving the size of its steering committee after Beijing stepped up its crackdown on opposition activities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China’s Democratic Patriotic Movements is best known …

News from nowhere: The portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger, currently on display in the Frick Collection, was commissioned in 1527. (The Frick collection) Utopia and dystopia are twins, born at the same time from the common ancestor of social criticism. Although we remember the first modern attempt to systematically imagine …

A renewed – and critical – look is cast on literary works in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and other current social norms Economist John Maynard Keynes once said that “When the facts change, I change my mind.” In the case of iconic writers such as Enid Blyton (1897-1968) and Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), …

KARACHI: The Pakistan Arts Council Karachi hosted an event in its Josh Malihabadi library on Tuesday evening to pay tribute to the famous Indian literary critic, playwright and poet, Professor Shamim Hanfi, who died on May 6 of this year. Indian poet Ranjit Singh Chohan, who joined the online debates, was the first speaker. He …

The team behind a controversial new take on a Bridport landmark believe it has won community support – following a feedback poll. The Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) revealed the results of a survey that invited comment on its proposals for the Literary and Scientific Institute (LSi) in East Street. The new plans for LSi …

reThe ictators know the power of the word. Many of them wrote poems – Stalin, Mao and Radovan Karadžić (whose work was published in a Slovak magazine). Saddam Hussein donated worms to the American soldiers who guarded him in his later years. Other dictators have tried it, but have mostly been inspired. Pol Pot recited …