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Thursday, 13 February 2020

A Vintage Guide to the ?Gay Houses?, Brothels, and ?Ladies of Pleasure? in 1840?s Philadelphia

quote [ With this book in his hand a man will be enabled to shun those low dens of infamy and disease with which this city abounds, as a true and authentic description of each house is here briefly given. ]

She's a lady of pleasure, she's a lady of joy
[NSFW] [literature] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

The Pope Who Wrote an Erotic Novel

quote [ Before his rapid rise to the top of the Catholic Church, Pius II had a secret passion for scandalous stories. And they may have been inspired by his own life. ]

Have been quietly working on the sexiest romance novel ever
[NSFW] [literature]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [0 comments]

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
[SFW] [literature]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:25amGMT] [0 comments]

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]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:29amGMT] [0 comments]

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
[SFW] [literature]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:41amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Bruce Chatwin was the internet before the internet existed

quote [ Chatwin also had a notoriously liberal relationship with ?the truth.? This indeed is one of the aspects of Chatwin?s work with which Herzog feels the deepest kindred. In Chatwin?s ?non-fiction? works like In Patagonia and The Songlines, he was often related events that did not in fact happen, or embellishe danthropological details to make them fit his theories more closely. ]

?In Patagonia? was pretty good. Article has deep thoughts, if a bit artsy.
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@5:14amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 11 October 2019

Students burn author's book outside of Eagle Village

quote [ STATESBORO ? Students at Georgia Southern University burned a book, written by a New York Times contributor, after a Q&A session at her lecture became heated. ]

When book paper burns

[SFW] [literature] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:51amGMT] [5 comments]



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