Category Archives: Literature

December 3, 2013

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is "selfie"

The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start.

The shortlist of other candidates can be found here.

July 16, 2013

Reading the world in 196 days

… I set myself the challenge of trying to read a book from every country (well, all 195 UN-recognised states plus former UN member Taiwan) in a year to find out what I was missing.

April 12, 2012

JK Rowling announces her new adult novel

It’s called The Casual Vacancy.

The story is centred on the death of Barry Fairweather, whose unexpected passing shocks the local villagers of Pagford.

Publishers Little, Brown & Co said: “Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.”


October 5, 2011

A few definitions of the word "weblog"

  • “A website that displays in chronological order the postings by one or more individuals and usually has links to comments on specific postings.” From The Free Dictionary
  • “A blog (blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.” From Wikipedia
  • “A diary is a blog that no one reads.” Heard on the radio last week
Gues which definition I like best?
June 9, 2011
March 23, 2011

Digital subscription prices visualized

Does The Times really think the mass audience is going to decide their $455/year is better spent on The Times rather than getting 20+ free articles/month from The Times plus The Wall Street Journal ($207/year) plus The Economist ($110/year) plus say The Daily ($39/year) for good measure, and still having ~$100 left over each year?

Puts things into perspective.