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Nature Versus Nurture: The Debate Rages On
It seems the world of ideas is in the throes of one of its periodic visitations on the subject of talent, success and parenting. This latest wave is all about tough love. Just in the last few weeks, the term ‘tiger mothering’ has entered the popular lexicon in a quite spectacular way following the publication of a memoir of mothering by Chinese-American author Amy…
Amazon Swallows Book Depository
Amazon has announced that it will be buying out online UK bookseller Book Depository. The move will give Amazon a virtual monopoly of online sales of print books in many countries. Founded in 2004, Book Depository has established a dedicated customer base in Australia and many other countries because of its ‘free shipping’, a feature it offers to some 90 countries worldwide, making it…
Classic video of the crossword inker
In a parallel universe crossword puzzles are made by a specialised team of artisans known as the “box team” including Garson Hampfield, crossword inker. Hampfield tells the intricacies and travails of crossword making in this animation by Michael A Charles. There’s landmark moments in the evolution of crossword setting, the rise of mechanised crossword grids as well as our favourite quote: “A lot of…
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No Relation: The Impact, Imitators and Legacy of David Foster Wallace
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