John J. DiGilio

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Booker's dozen announced - Blog Post

You know what improves most things? Kissing. And if you, dear Private Eye July reader, would like your mysteries and...<p>In the era of the Netflix …

One question: What was your favourite book to teach?

Alistair MacLeod's <i>The Lost Salt Gift of Blood</i>. What I found very moving was MacLeod's haunting, rhythmic prose, reminiscent almost of the rhythms of the King James Bible. The elegiac tone of the stories memorializes a distinctive culture that was disappearing because the young were unable to find …

“After all a book can be represented as a conversation with one’s demon.” —Patrick O’Brian Read our 1995 interview with the English novelist and translator here: http://tpr.ly/eIwnuU.

Popes, Politics And Power: The Story Of The Borgia Family

If every era gets the historical fiction it deserves, we have been good indeed. From the transcendent psychological rummagings of Hilary Mantel to the gooey pleasures of Philippa Gregory, we can set aside flowery bodice-rippers (not that there's anything wrong with those) and view the dusty figures …

DingDong! Here’s The New Craze In Photo Messaging Apps And It’s Addictive

Lately I’ve been playing with a great little app called Povio. Not unlike Snapchat, you snap a picture and send to one or more people and the app prompts them to send one back, though the photo doesn’t disappear. It’s a little like photo messaging “with a nudge.” However, another player has been …

Fresh Pessimism For Yahoo As Dan Loeb Exits

It didn’t always feel that way, but Marissa Mayer had a pretty blessedly smooth first year as CEO of Yahoo. There were some PR hiccups, yes, notably when the former Google executive rescinded work-from-home privileges for Yahoo employees. But on matters of substance, Mayer was able to operate with …

LinkedIn Will Start Stuffing Paid Content From Companies In Your Feed

The new sponsored content will let companies target you based on information stored in your profile.<p>These aren't your typical ads though. Instead, companies will pay LinkedIn to show you original written pieces and slide shows they create.<p>The move is not just a revenue generator for LinkedIn. It's …

Reddit rolls out its front page-changing multireddit feature to the public

NYT Reporter’s Upcoming Twitter Book Hints at a Founding Tale of Palace Intrigue

Something Twittery this way comes.<p>The upcoming book detailing the backstory on Twitter, penned by New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton, …

iPad Sees First Ever Yearly Decline With 14.6M Units Sold In Q3, iPhone Remains Strong With 30M Units Sold & 20% YOY Growth

Apple today released its Q3 2013 earnings report, announcing 31 million iPhones sold in the three-month period ending June, along with 14.6 million iPad units sold. Both the iPhone and iPad sales are down from the previous quarter, but this marks the first time the iPad has seen a yearly decline in …