The Oxford University Press has announced its quarterly update to its free online dictionary, OxfordDictionaries.com. The online dictionary of current English words keeps up with the trends, reflecting new language terms used in both the UK and the USA. This quarter's updates has some surprises. First up is brain fart, meaning a temporary blip of reasoning or judgment. The term has mostly fallen out of favor so we have no idea why it would merit an entry.
Read more... August 31, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence is writing the screenplay for her next movie with Amy Schumer. Jennifer dropped that interesting bombshell during an interview with The New York Times in which she was supposed to be discussing playing Katniss Everdeen for the last time in the upcoming film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
Read more... August 27, 2015
The Harry Ransom Center, the humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has done it again. The state of the art library has successfully purchased the archive of award winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, whose books include The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize for Fiction, An Artist of the Floating World, which was the Whitbread Book of the Year and Never Let Me Go.
Read more... August 25, 2015
It's been a tumultuous summer for the University of Akron press. The university has big budget problems and as part of a new budget plan it fired all the editors of the highly-regarded publisher. The outcry was loud and immediate.
Read more... August 23, 2015
Newly declassified documents released by the British government reveal that MI5 spied on Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing for 20 years. The documents show that MI5 was quite worried about Ms. Lessing's days as a member of the Communist party.
Read more... August 21, 2015
Authors John Grisham, Greg Iles, Steve Yarbrough and Kathryn Stockett are four of the signatories to an open letter that ran as a full page ad in Mississippi's The Clarion-Ledger. The letter calls for the replacement of the Mississippi state flag, which features a Confederate battle flag as part of its design.
Read more... August 18, 2015
Bryan Cranston stars in the first trailer for Trumbo which was just released. Cranston plays outspoken screenwriter, author and anti-war activist Dalton Trumbo. He was one of Hollywood's greatest screenwriters, but when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy era, he was blacklisted in Hollywood.
Read more... August 16, 2015