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Lost in Translation: Notes on Adapting Ballard

By Calum Marsh December 9, 2013<p>Arts & Culture<p>The first sentence of J. G. Ballard’s <i>High-Rise</i> ranks, in my estimation, among the most striking ever written. It begins with a characteristic bit of misdirection:<p>Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the usual …

Jonathan Rendall’s Mike Tyson biography packs a posthumous punch

The manuscript of <i>Scream: The Tyson Tapes</i> emerged from a bin bag containing the few items Jonathan Rendall owned at the time of his death, aged 48, in January last year. Its existence was still unknown at the time of Rendall’s funeral, where the prevailing tone among the speakers and other mourners …

How corporations are adopting cyber defense and around legal barriers: The emergence of cybersecurity mercenaries is changing the future of cyberwar.

<i>Excerpted from</i> <b>@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex</b> <i>by Shane Harris. Out now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.</i><p>Bright twenty- and …

The top 10 books about reading

I wasn’t aware of the term “bibliomemoir” until the novelist Joyce Carol Oates used it – or perhaps coined it? – in reviewing my book, The Road to Middlemarch, earlier this year. But it’s a fitting enough label for the extended family my book belongs to: books that explicitly consider reading as a …

Paris Review - Sam Shepard, The Art of Theater No. 12

Interviewed by Benjamin Ryder Howe, Jeanne McCulloch, and Mona Simpson<p>Issue 142, Spring 1997<p>This interview was conducted over several days in the living room of a Manhattan apartment by the East River. For the last meeting Sam Shepard arrived at the end of a late-afternoon snowstorm, his leather …

This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

Several days ago, I received permission from colleague and poet Jesse Damiani to republish his extraordinary poem "Knock Knock" on <i>Ink Node</i>, a publishing platform for literary artists. I asked to republish the poem because I was struck by both its textual simplicity and conceptual complexity. "Knock …

Picture Of Guy Getting His Shoes Shined Is Thought To Be The First Photograph Of A Human Being

This certainly isn't your average photo.<p>Taken by Louis Daguerre -- the man responsible for the development of the daguerreotype, a very early type of photography process -- the image below is thought to be the first photograph of a human.<p>The photo, taken by in Paris in 1838, shows a man who is most …

Eric Larsen's Winter Favorites

Polar explorer Eric Larsen's trek to the North Pole in March was one of his toughest expeditions yet. Huge ice formations impeded his progress throughout the journey. "When we were traveling eight or nine hours a day and making less than a mile each time, we realized we wouldn't hit our goal time," …

Garmin Vivosmart review: where fitness band meets smartwatch

There are fitness trackers and there are smartwatches, but there's only a small number of devices that attempt to be both. The Garmin Vivosmart is one such exception. It's a $170 band that does everything you'd expect a fitness gadget to do: track your steps, calories burned, distance traveled and …

Paris Review - Ten Poems

Raymond Carver<p>Issue 93, Fall 1984<p><b>Radio Waves</b><p><i>for Antonio Machado</i><p>This rain has stopped, and the moon has come out.<br>I don’t understand the first thing about radio<br>waves. But I think they travel better just after<br>a rain, when the air is damp. Anyway, I can reach out<br>now and pick up Ottawa, if I want, or …

The Peloton's Power Food

What do you put in your body to own 683 miles of cycling over the course of seven days? The short answer is: a lot. But the type of food matters. During most races, riders are subjected to flavorless iceberg lettuce and gray buffet meat offered by hotels, but not at the Colorado Pro Cycling …

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Floods and famines may have helped spark belief in gods, study suggests

Plagues, floods and famines often play a central role in religious stories. Research suggests they may have also helped start the belief in some gods in the first place.<p>A study of 583 religious societies around the world has concluded that humans are more likely to believe in powerful and …

William Gibson: I never imagined Facebook

<b>William Gibson (Putnam/Michael O'Shea)</b><p>The brilliant science-fiction novelist who imagined the Web tells Salon how writers missed social media’s rise<p>Michael Schulson<p>November 9, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>Even if you've never heard of William Gibson, you're probably familiar with his work. Arguably the most …

Are You 'Fit' To Be an Entrepreneur?

It was both scary and empowering. But ultimately, once you have learnt this and tested it a few times, it is great to know that you have full control over what your body looks like. Full control over whether you can push your body further this week then you did last week. (PS, the bible for …

Paris Review - Arthur Miller, The Art of Theater No. 2, Part 2

Interviewed by Christopher Bigby<p>Issue 152, Fall 1999<p>Arthur Miller, ca. 1966<p>Arthur Miller’s first interview with <i>The Paris Review</i> appeared in issue 38 in the spring of 1966. Since then, Miller has continued to write for the stage—including such plays as <i>The Price</i>, <i>After the Fall</i>, <i>The Last Yankee</i>, and <i>The</i> …

The Ark Before Noah by Irving Finkel review – the story of the Flood retold

The ark didn’t look boxy, with a raised prow and a wide gangplank for the animals. It is more likely to have been circular, made out of massive reeds waterproofed with bitumen. These are the craft that until recently were rowed up and down the Euphrates. How to build one without perishing is one of …

Is the Hemingwrite the solution to the problem of connectivity and creativity?

For writers who find the Write or Die app too tyrannical, a new, trendier gizmo claims to offer the best of both worlds<p>NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) veterans will have grimaced with recognition to hear David Nicholls admit to experimenting with Write or Die while writing his new …

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel review – a thrilling train ride

History mingles with fantasy on a journey through the vast landscapes and across the social boundaries of pioneer-era Canada<p>The hero of Kenneth Oppel’s thrilling new novel is a train, the Boundless, seven miles long, composed of almost a thousand carriages, built to cross Canada from west to east …

Book Review: Great Golf Collections

<i>Each week GolfDigest.com will highlight a golf book that it finds of interest to readers. This week is:</i><p>By Dick McDonough and Peter Georgiady<p>Saron Press, $49.95, hardback, 220 pages<p>Whether we recognize it or not, we golfers qualify as memorabilia collectors. Who of us hasn't collected -- on purpose …

Paris Review - Kazuo Ishiguro, The Art of Fiction No. 196

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell<p>Issue 184, Spring 2008<p>Ishiguro in 2005.<p>The man who wrote <i>The Remains of the Day</i> in the pitch-perfect voice of an English butler is himself very polite. After greeting me at the door of his home in London’s Golders Green, he immediately offered to make me tea, though …

The #1 Workout To Get You Ready For Ironman | Triathlete

Gordo Byrn, the founder of Endurance Corner and author of <i>Going Long,</i> uses what he calls Big Day Training (BDT) as a checkpoint for his athletes …

Paris Review - Ken Kesey, The Art of Fiction No. 136

Interviewed by Robert Faggen<p>Issue 130, Spring 1994<p>At the center of Kesey’s work are what he calls “little warriors” battling large forces. Over the years, some critics have praised his work for its maverick power and themes of defiance; others have questioned his wild and paranoid vision. He has …

The Green Monster

How the Border Patrol became America’s most out-of-control law enforcement agency.<p>G <b>il Kerlikowske was hoping to make it through at least his</b> first week on the job without being awakened in the middle of the night. President Barack Obama’s new head of Customs and Border Protection, Kerlikowske could …

Fitness Friday: How to pure your irons

Even at golf's highest level, rarely is a player a great driver *and *a great iron player. It's either one or the other, because the body is required to do something different to flush a shot with each club, says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@Ben_Shear).<p>If you tend to hit your driver …

Why We 'Choke' Under Pressure, According To Neuroscience

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, all eyes were on the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, who won the team gold in gymnastics for America for the first time since 1996. But during the individual vault event, all eyes were on one U.S. gymnast in particular: McKayla Maroney. The 16-year-old …

Paris Review - Garrison Keillor, The Art of Humor No. 2

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He attended Anoka High School and the University of Minnesota. In 1969, he began writing for <i>The New Yorker</i>. In 1974, while at work on an article about the Grand Ole Opry, he was inspired to …

The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Multiple Vitamin

If you are one of the 40 percent of Americans taking multiple vitamin/mineral supplements or are thinking you really should take a dietary supplement, be sure to avoid making one of these five common mistakes when buying.<p><b>1. Assume they are all pretty much the same.</b><p>"When I asked my doctor which …

The Top 7 Books Every CEO Must Read

I am often asked what books I recommend for CEOs, and executives who aspire to become CEOs. There are so many to choose from. Over 250,000 business books are in print. Laid on top of each other, that's nearly four miles high. Obviously, narrowing it down to a select few is no easy task. However, …

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