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Latest Salvos in UK Library Battle
Detail of the British Library, via WikiCommons
Hundreds of thousands of Britons braved the February cold on Saturday to protest the closure of some 450 local lending libraries. The closures are the result of government funding cuts, and have been the subject of Dailies here and here.
The Guardian’s coverage of the protests (at times wildly creative) included an opinion piece by former…
Barry’s Movie Deal
Writer and now executive producer Max Barry
Yesterday a relieved Max Barry tweeted about his online book being made into a film by director Darren Aronofsky. Barry tweeted “For months I have borne the terrible weight of knowing Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct my movie without being able to brag about it.”
Barry serialised Machine Man posting it on his website as he…
Digital Lit Journal Has Arrived
As Australia grapples with the future of lit journals online, a recent Guardian blog post says there has been “a renaissance rooted in technology” for the UK’s little magazines.
Interestingly, they’re not looking to existing print journals as the future. The London Review of Books is “currently £27m in the red” with an aging readership. “In fact, mention the LRB to anyone under 50…
Oxford Dictionary Finally Gets Into Sexting
The 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has been hauled into the 20th century, with a number of first-time additions to the dictionary reflecting the rise and rise of online culture. New words include cyberbullying, denialist, jeggings, mankini, retweet, sexting and woot (informal [especially in electronic communication] used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph). Some…
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