Alastair Coe

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A Brief History of Inappropriately Invoking George Orwell

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should …

Literature

Don’t judge a book by its cover – just keep turning the pages

Out with genres and generations: adults should not feel ashamed to read classy children’s fiction<p>Behind the outcry earlier this week over the new book jacket for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lay more fundamental questions: who are books for, and what difference does it make?<p>Roald Dahl’s novel, …

Our love/hate relationship with technology, charted

It was the smart cup that did it.<p>That is, the $100 glass cup that comes embedded with sensors that transmit information to an app that tells you what liquid you’ve just poured into it, along with nutritional information. In June, Quartz called this latest example of the internet of things “an …

Internet of Things

Apple Suppliers Begin Production Of New iPad Tablets: Report

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's suppliers have begun manufacturing new iPad tablets in an attempt to revive flagging sales of the tablet, Bloomberg reported, …

Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt on Monday to end a month-old Gaza war, Egypt’s state news agency said, after a new 72-hour truce held for a day.<p>Israeli negotiators flew in and out of Cairo on Monday, an Egyptian official said, …

Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki digs in as President nominates new Prime Minister

Iraqi President Fuad Masum nominated a new Prime Minister on Monday, further complicating the country's intense power struggle amid a dire humanitarian crisis and a militant threat strong enough to draw U.S. air power back to the fray.<p>In a ceremony attended by key members of the main Shiite bloc in …

Hachette CEO to Amazon: Withdraw the sanctions you have imposed against our authors

Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch fires back at the tech giant<p>Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch is firing back at Amazon, asking the tech giant to "withdraw the sanctions against Hachette’s authors" as the quarrel between the publisher and Amazon continues.<p>In the skirmish between Hachette and Amazon over …

La Dolce Vita of 1960s Rome – in pictures

It was one of the most fertile periods in contemporary Italian cinema and saw the explosion of celebrity culture. This summer the Estorick Collection in London presents The Years of La Dolce Vita – 80 photographs capturing the <i>dolce vita</i> (literally ‘sweet life’) enjoyed by Italian film stars and …

7 Tech Logos Before They Became Iconic

<i>Dominic Smith is a senior writer and content strategist for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists.</i><p>Logos are an essential part of a brand’s identity. A great logo encapsulates the personality and promise of the business behind it.<p>Some of the world’s most ubiquitous …

The Week in Review: The Immortal Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez

Inside Flipboard / April 25, 2014<p>Last Thursday, the Colombian author and journalist Gabriel García Márquez died in Mexico City at the age of 87. But …

Labour to unveil far-reaching reforms to rent market

A future Labour government would ban landlords from evicting tenants as a quick way of increasing rental income, Ed Miliband will announce on Thursday as he outlines the most far-reaching changes to the rental market in two decades.<p>In a policy designed to be one of the most eye-catching elements in …

From ‘Moby Dick’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life (Photos)

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic …

50 Years Ago: NYC World's Fair in Pictures

Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1975 Illustrations for “Romeo and Juliet”

The greatest literary classics tend to attract a plethora of visual art and graphic tributes. But the highest convergence of text and image happens when an influential artist reimagines an influential piece of literature — take, for instance, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …

Shakespeare's 450th birthday: Now all the world is his stage

The 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birthday on Wednesday will see an explosion of tributes and performances – how different to 50 years ago. Jonathan Bate explains how the playwright became a global icon<p>The 400th anniversary of <b>William Shakespeare</b>’s birth was marked by a set of Royal Mail stamps, a …

William Shakespeare

The Privatization Backlash

For decades, city and state governments have seen contracting as a cost-saving panacea. But past experience has left some of today's policymakers more skeptical.<p>A few years ago, Chicago residents accustomed to parking on the street got a rude shock. Parking-meter rates had suddenly gone up as much …

Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or Israel | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the …

“[Shakespeare’s plays] survived as art only because they first excelled as entertainment.” John Paul Rollert on reclaiming the Bard for the common man: http://bit.ly/1f79vIu.

450 Years of Juliets: On Women Making Shakespeare

Today we celebrate the 450th anniversary of <b>Shakespeare’s</b> birth. Why are we celebrating it? A simple answer is that Shakespeare’s plays still speak to …

Apple announces share buyback as earnings rise

<b>Technology giant Apple reported profits of $10.2bn (£6.1bn) after selling 43.7 million iPhones during the three-month period ending 29 March.</b><p>Apple also announced plans to buy an additional $30bn of its stock back from shareholders and to increase its quarterly dividend by 8%.<p>It also said it would …

iPhone

Facebook profits triple as revenues surge on mobile platform success

Facebook profits tripled to $642m as revenues soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company continuing to shift its customers – and advertisers – to its mobile platform.<p>Comfortably beating analysts’ expectation the company said Wednesday that it had revenue of $2.5bn (£1.5bn) in the …

Amazon's Prime Pantry service lets you ship 45 pounds of groceries for a $6 fee

Amazon's dead-set on killing off the grocery store, with a same-day delivery service and even a Dash gadget for restocking items around the house. Now the retailer's going one step further, taking on Costco and Walmart with a new program called Prime Pantry. If you're a Prime member living in the …

The Miraculous Life of Gabriel García Márquez

When Gabriel García Márquez was born, in 1927, in the sleepy little town of Aracataca, not far from Colombia’s Caribbean coast, there were certain …

Literature

How It Works: The Inner Earth

Know your planet!<p>Plate tectonics—the theory that explains the sinking, spreading, and slip-sliding of big chunks of Earth’s surface—is a bedrock of geology. But it can’t explain what happens to plates once they sink, or account for the forces that drive many of the planet’s volcanic hotspots. …

Geology

Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks is hard to put into words.<p>From the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the breathtaking enormity of the Grand Tetons, it’s something you should experience firsthand—and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s <b>National Park Week</b>.<p>To pay homage to the …

25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

We often consider the products we use and their packaging to be two separate things – the product is the thing we want, and its packaging is a piece …

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Why Shakespeare always says something new

As the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth approaches, the great Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale explains his secrets<p>At the very end of King Lear, a frail, old man appears carrying the corpse of his youngest and much-loved daughter. It’s an image, like that of Hamlet holding a skull or …