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‘Burn Book’ author Kara Swisher on her life—and our broken tech indust

If Kara Swisher’s new memoir, Burn Book, doubles as a history of the internet and its often jarring impact on our lives over the past three decades, it’s only natural. As she was establishing herself as an uncommonly well-sourced journalist, the online world was about to take off: The rise of AOL, followed by its disastrous merger with Time Warner, was among the dramatic arcs she chronicled early on.Since then, Swisher has been the most entrepreneurial of reporters, both in the doggedness of her work and the ever-evolving…

Dune author Frank Herbert’s son offers verdict on new movie sequel

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse LoughreyGet our The Life Cinematic email for freeThe son of Dune author Frank Herbert has given his verdict on the new film adaptation Dune: Part Two.Directed by Denis Villenueve, the film is the second half of a a two-part adaptation of Herbert’s original Dune novel.Reviews for Part Two were published earlier this week, with the film earning a positively glowing 97 per cent positive score on the review aggregator website Rotten…

As Dune: Part Two’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Blows Past The First Movie, Author Frank Herbert’s Son Shares Thoughts On The Adaptation

There are plenty of upcoming book adaptations and some could be more challenging to produce than others. That's especially true when translating an epic science fiction novel like Frank Herbert's magnum opus, Dune. David Lynch's 1984 attempt highlighted this fact, but Denis Villeneuve's first attempt, 2021's Dune, was critically acclaimed upon its release. However, Villeneuve stated that the second installment would be more ambitious. Now, the second part is nearly here, and based on the Rotten Tomatoes score, the movie…

Tom Gauld on the author of his own misfortune – cartoon

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Royal Society of Literature refers itself to Charity Commission after author petition | Books

The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) has referred itself to the Charity Commission after an open letter urging it to do so was signed by leading authors including Ian McEwan and Alan Hollinghurst.The RSL, a charity which elects fellows based on literary merit, has been subject to criticism over recent months, including questions over changes to the way that fellows are elected, and the recent postponement of its annual magazine Review. Former editor Maggie Fergusson told the Times that the issue was pulled from print due…

Artificial intelligence: A celebrity dies, and new biographies pop up overnight. The author? AI

After Joseph Lelyveld, a former executive editor of The New York Times, died last month, his brother Michael Lelyveld went online to see how he was being remembered. He found obituaries in major news outlets, as expected. But he also found other, unexpected portraits of his brother.At least half a dozen biographies were published on Amazon in the days immediately following Lelyveld's death. Several of them were available for purchase on the very day he died. The books, he said, described his brother as a chain smoker,…

‘Fiction opened my eyes’: author Jodie Chapman on growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness | Fiction

I used to knock on people’s doors and tell them the end of the world was coming. We were born imperfect, I would say, and soon will come the day of Armageddon when we will all be tested. Be good and you could win life in Paradise. Be bad, and your reward is annihilation. No wonder people would see us coming and turn off the lights.Stories have always been in my blood. Until a few years ago, I based my life on their outcome. Raised in the UK as a Jehovah’s Witness, I was told we were in “the time of the end”, which meant…

Interview: Santa Khurai, author, The Yellow Sparrow – “Telling these stories is a way to save the lives of many like me”

What inspired you to write your story and include even your most vulnerable moments? Santa Khurai, author, The Yellow Sparrow (Courtesy the subject) Writing is my passion and I always wanted to share my story with the public as there were instances where people weren’t ready to listen to my lived experiences. In the journey to find myself, I was all alone and felt low for a prolonged period of time. Hence, writing my diary became my solace not because I wanted to publish it some day but because I wanted an…

‘AI Playbook’ author explains how to deploy machine learning

Eric Siegel is a consultant, speaker, and former Columbia University professor. He is the founder of the long-running Machine Learning Week conference series and executive editor of The Machine Learning Times. At Columbia, he won the Distinguished Faculty award when teaching graduate computer science courses in machine learning and artificial intelligence.Below, Siegel shares five key insights from his new book, The AI Playbook: Mastering the Rare Art of Machine Learning Deployment. Listen to the audio version—read by…

Author Khaled Hosseini on book bans in the US: ‘It betrays students’ | Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini, one of the world’s top authors, has slammed book bans in Florida and elsewhere in the US as a betrayal of students and their right to a good education.According to a PEN America report released late last year, US public schools had about 5,894 book bans from July 2021 to June 2023, with more than 40% in Florida. Often, the authors whose books are targeted are “frequently female, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ individuals”, PEN said.“Banning books doesn’t protect students, I think it betrays them,”…