‘2048′ Leads The Top Free iPhone Apps List This Week

eBookNewser - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 16:00

This week’s leading free iOS app is still 2048, an addicting number puzzle game that seems to be spreading faster than wildfire. The top seven apps this week are all games – a decidedly good fortune for those seeking solace on a manic Monday. If you have your own favorite free game, send it over via the comment section.


Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information. continued…

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Alex Through the Looking-Glass by Alex Bellos, review

Telegraph - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 16:00
Mathematical equations should have the perfect symmetry of a joke, says Tom Chivers

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Sina Queyras and Adam Sol on the state of Canadian poetry

Quill & Quire Blog - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 15:38

Sina Queyras and Adam Sol (photo: Hudson Hayden)

It is virtually impossible to argue against the notion that Canadian poetry has come of age. If F.R. Scott was able to say, as recently as 1976, that when he and A.J.M. Smith launched the McGill Fortnightly Review in the mid-1920s “there was not a single Canadian poet we paid much attention to,” no such attitude could prevail in 2014.

From Ken Babstock to Karen Solie, from Erin Mouré to Elizabeth Bachinsky, poetry in Canada has obliterated the boundaries set for it by the Confederation poets, and announced itself, both within and outside our borders, as heterodox, vibrant, and thriving. At least one volume, Christian Bök’s Eunoia, has achieved bona fide bestsellerdom, and Anne Carson has attained something resembling rock-star status.

Sina Queyras and Adam Sol are two prominent figures in the current landscape. Queyras won both the Pat Lowther Award and a Lambda Literary Award for her 2007 collection, Lemon Hound, and has been at the forefront of poetic discourse in Canada as a result of her online literary magazine of the same name. Her 2009 collection, Expressway, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Queyras lives in Montreal, where she teaches in the English department at Concordia University.

Sol’s 2004 book, Crowd of Sounds, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and his follow-up, Jeremiah, Ohio, was nominated for the same prize. Sol is a tenured professor at Laurentian University in Barrie, Ontario, teaching courses in literature and creative writing.

With new books out this season – Queyras’s M x T, from Coach House Books, and Sol’s Complicity, from McClelland & Stewart – the time seemed right to get them together for a broad discussion of where Canadian poetry is at present, and where it might be headed.

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This article appeared in the April 2014 issue of Q&Q.

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Video: A Demonstration on How the Vatican is Digitizing its Sacred Texts

eBookNewser - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 15:00

Digital access to the vatican’s vast collection of old manuscripts are slowly becoming more accessible thanks to a four year collaboration between the church and Japanese digital technology group, NTT Data. In the video below of the announcement, you can see some of that process. It’s pretty fascinating, especially if you like old, dusty pages, or if you’ve never seen the interior of the Vatican library, where the physical manuscripts actually live.

It’s not in English so we’ve also shared the translated texts of the transcript below, after the jump.


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Poem of the week: Present Tense by Michael Schmidt

Guardian Books - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 14:30
Recalling Donne's sermon on Job 19:26, with a bit of Ovidian metamorphosis thrown in, this modern meditation on memory and resurrection shifts between past, present and future

Resurrection takes various forms in this week's poem, Present Tense, from Stories of My Life by Michael Schmidt. In the opening lines, it's an organic recycling, begun by worms and helped by the digestive processes of other small industrious creatures. The geographical dimension of bodily decomposition ("north and south") recalls John Donne's sermon on Job 19:26: "Shall I imagine a difficulty in my body because I have lost an Arme in the East and a leg in the West some bloud in the North and some bones in the South?" But here there's nothing distressed or macabre in this. A calmly regular trimeter pulse helps the process seem natural and benign, while the verb "travels" lets light into underground darkness. As for Donne, the bodily dispersal complicates, but in no way cancels, the promise of personal resurrection: "Christ will have to raise/ An entire field "

There's also an Ovidian kind of metamorphosis that is central to the poem. The literalised concept of resurrection on judgment day ("an entire field") leads to the older, pagan image of woman as tree ("like Laura"). When Daphne was changed into a laurel tree in Metamorphosis, her first awareness began with finding "her feet benumb'd and fastened to the ground." So the woman in Schmidt's poem will "stand/ On trunks for feet and pray/ Like Laura turned to tree/ With bough and bloom " The simile: "like Laura," leads, of course, to Petrarch, Number 23 of the Canzoniere, as well as to Ovid. At Apollo's decree, laurel provided the wreath for acclaimed poets and military victors. Is either profession significant to the old man?

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The best history podcasts

Telegraph - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 14:15
The best history podcasts, from oral histories to trivia about royal history, selected and updated by Pete Naughton

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The best arts, books and entertainment podcasts

Telegraph - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 14:00
The best arts, entertainment, books and culture podcasts, selected and updated by Pete Naughton

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The best podcasts for stories, fiction and poetry

Telegraph - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 14:00
The best story and poetry podcasts including short stories, readings of fiction and real-life dramas, selected and updated by Pete Naughton

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iPad Addiction Hurts Infants’ Ability to Use Real Building Blocks

eBookNewser - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 14:00

Small children may have difficulty understanding real space if they spend too much time in digital space. Recent findings show that with too many hours on iPad and digital devices, children can lose the ability to play with building blocks like their parents.

The news comes from the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who advise parents to keep digital hours to a minimum, especially right before bed. Teacher Colin Kinney thinks that without restraint, the effect of having too much digital time can lead to poor development in children’s social as well as motor skills: continued…

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NYT On Lois Wallace

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NYT On Lois Wallace

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Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre author celebrated with a Google Doodle

Guardian Books - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 12:30
Author of Jane Eyre was born on 21 April 1816 in Thornton, Yorkshire
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Google has celebrated the life of the English author of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, with a Google doodle.

Brontë was born on 21 April 1816 in Thornton, Yorkshire, the third of six children. Her younger sister, Emily Brontë, wrote Wuthering Heights.

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The 20 best biographies and autobiographies of all time

Telegraph - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 11:00
Fascinating lives captured impeccably: these are the world's best biographies and autobiographies

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The genre debate: 'Literary fiction' is just clever marketing

Guardian Books - Mon, 21/04/2014 - 11:00
In the third of our series on literary definitions, Elizabeth Edmondson argues that Jane Austen never imagined she was writing Literature. Posterity made that decision for her

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"Genre fiction" is a nasty phrase when did genre turn into an adjective? But I object to the term for a different reason. It's weasel wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever marketing by publishers to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing.

The term sneaks back into the past in a strangely anachronistic way, so that, for example, Jane Austen's works are described as literary fiction. This is nonsense. Can anyone think for a moment that were she writing today she'd be published as lit fic? No, and not because she'd end up under romance or chick lit, but because she writes comedy, and lit fic, with a few rare exceptions, does not include comedy within its remit.

"Literary fiction emphasises meaning over entertainment." (Venture Galleries blog)

"Literary novels are prose poetry the subject of the work is engaged with something that might be called weighty " (Dactyl Foundation)

"Literary Fiction is experienced as an emotional journey through the symphony of words, leading to a stronger grasp of the universe and of ourselves." (Huffington Post)

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