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This Week in Fiction: Jonathan Lethem on the Poignance of Backgammon

Your story in this week’s issue, “A Gentleman’s Game,” opens in an exclusive gambling club within a casino in Singapore, where Alexander Bruno, the protagonist, is preparing for a high-stakes game of backgammon. Why did you choose Singapore as the setting?

Kellyanne Conway Calls Breitbart Chief ‘Consultant,’ Says Trump ‘Chose Me to Run His Campaign’

16 hours agoNews : Mediaite

In a moment reminiscent of Reagan Secretary of State Alexander Haig's "I'm in charge here" moment, new Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway appeared to diminish the role of Breitbart News chairman and Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon Sunday morning in an interview with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.

Russian Journalist Found Shot Dead in Kiev Apartment

Alexander Shchetinin, Russian journalist and a head of an online media outlet, was found shot dead in an apartment in the city of Kiev, Ukraine's capital, according to local police.

The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

One of the reasons we have ancient Greek literature at all was the competition between the kings of the Greek Empire. After Alexander the Great expanded the Greek Empire to its apex, regional rulers wanted to display their fitness to succeed him. Show More Summary

NATO's Stance on Russia Makes Arms Control Deal in Europe Impossible - Envoy

There are no grounds for a new arms control deal in Europe, as long as NATO continues to stress the need to deter Russia, Russia's envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Saturday.

Russian Snap Inspection of Armed Forces Not Threat to Anyone - Envoy to NATO

Russia's ongoing snap combat readiness inspections do not pose threat to anyone and are in line with the country's international obligations, Russia's envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Saturday.

Moscow's Envoy Criticizes Russophobic Latvian Media, Calls for Cooperation

There is an anti-Russian bias in the Latvian media and state structures, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said Saturday, calling for the development of Moscow-Riga cultural relations.

Centrality of Dionysus

When traveling around the sites and museums of Rome, I was struck with how common Dionysus was. At one point, I actually stopped taking pictures of him! I kept remarking to Wade and Alexander how Dionysus was everywhere, more so than any of the other gods and goddesses. Show More Summary

The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

Topic: Libraries “The library was a means [for the kings] to show off their wealth, their power, and mostly to show that they were the rightful heirs of Alexander the Great,” says Gaëlle Coqueugniot, an ancient history research associate at the University of Exeter. From The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World | Atlas Obscura Tweet

Why IndyCar's return to Texas Motor Speedway could bode well for struggling Alexander Rossi

For Alexander Rossi's rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, there has been May and everything else. May was outstanding. In that month, Rossi became the first rookie to win the historic Indianapolis 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Show More Summary

Who Are The Alleged Top Men Behind KickassTorrents?

Since its shutdown in July, much has been written about the demise of KickassTorrents. But who were the men at the very top of the operation? So far, the U.S. Government has revealed three names - Artem Vaulin, Alexander Radostin, and Ievgen Kutsenko. Show More Summary

Author’s Note: Kwame Alexander on Children’s Books and the Color of Characters

My students all believe I am writing about them. Why is race so much harder for the grown-ups?

Bye-Bye Bb: An Interview with Allie Linn & Colin Alexander

2 days agoArts : Art Fag City

For the past two years, we’ve been big fans of the little artist-run space Bb, which has brought smart site-specific projects to both its odd storefront in Baltimore’s Westside and booths at art fairs. When Colin Alexander and Allie Linn, Bb’s founders, announced that the space was closing, everyone seemed to be scratching their heads. Show More Summary

Microsoft Visited By Zinc-Air Battery Startup (Video)

By Alexander Hirner Zinc-air batteries are widely used in devices like hearing aids for their good performance-to-price ratio. The tricky part is of course to make them rechargeable. This is one of two technologies that ZAF Energy Systems has been working on for the last couple of years. Show More Summary

Italy Quake: ‘If Italians Had Built Like Japanese, No One Would Have Noticed'

With the death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in Italy now approaching 300, Sputnik asked Alexander Lyubushin, a senior researcher at the Institute of Physics of the Earth in Moscow, if central Italy is seismically unstable.

Foreign Intelligence 'Might Have Been Involved' in Ghouta Gas Attack in Syria

Evidence suggests that the 2013 chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta was not carried out by the Syrian Army. London-based political analyst, commentator and legal expert Alexander Mercouris told Radio Sputnik that a foreign intelligence agency and radical groups could have been behind the attack.

'Blindspot' Season: 2 Spoilers: 4 Episode Teasers Unveiled; Not So Happy Reunion Between Jane Doe and Weller

'Blindspot Season" 2 will be a massive emotional roller coaster ride according to its lead star Jaimie Alexander. Another cast member described it as packing in more punches than the previous season.

Brokerage’s ‘Best Buyer’ report gives agents tactical marketing advice

Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin is used to seeing some of his top agents approached by other brokerages. In a bid to give his agents a competitive edge, the CEO and his chief technology advisor, Alexander Paine, are aiming to equip agents with more detailed information about buyers in their markets so they can compete more effectively for listings in low-inventory markets...

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