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Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees

Harry Guinness states his case in this post on Make Use Of. "As someone who’s dropped a Wheel of Time novel on my face, I can tell you the debate on reading experience is well over. Modern e-readers hold thousands of novels, weigh next to nothing, have built in lights, high resolution screens and don’t give you a concussion when they hit your nose. Show More Summary

Ursula K. Le Guin: How the Sci Fi Channel wrecked my books.

You can see posts from readers wondering why authors let Hollywood change their stories pretty much every week on various SFF message boards. Ursula K. Le Guin offers some insight on the process that saw her classic Earthsea series get adapted for television. Show More Summary

Here’s how to set a running record: Take a look at the Guinness record book

last weekHealth : The Checkup

For most of us, it would be impressive enough just to run a marathon. For some runners, the elusive goal is qualifying for the Boston Marathon. And then there are those strivers for whom that’s not enough. They want the Guinness book of world recordsto memorialize their name. Show More Summary

HOLY CRAP: Jetpack Man Performs Amazing Flight Formation with Acrobatic Plane [Video]

From Jetman Dubai: Swiss ex fighter pilot, Guinness Book record holder and first man to fly with a jet-propelled wing, Yves Rossy A.K.A. Jetman is back in the sky pushing the boundaries of aviation by completing a sensational formation flight with Aerobatics Champion Veres Zoltán in Dubai! Jetman Dubai, in partnership with XDubai, has just […]

The Guinness Book of World Records Remembers Zeus, the World’s Tallest Dog

2 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In honor of its 60th anniversary, the renowned Guinness World Records is looking back on the people, animals, places and things that helped shape the year. One such story is that of Zeus, the Great Dane who stood over 7 feet tall and held the most recent record for “World’s Tallest Dog“. Sadly Duke passed […]

Open Thread: “We Will Need Writers Who Can Remember Freedom”

Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014: “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did theShow More Summary

‘The Simpsons': 52-Year-Old Michael Baxter Gets Back Tattoo Of 203 Characters

Michael Baxter wants to get his name in the book of Guinness World Records for his massive back tattoo honoring The Simpsons. Daily Mail reports that the 52-year-old grandfather has approximately 203 characters from the long-running animated television series all featured within the same artistic tattoo. Show More Summary

Let’s talk about science fiction books by women

From Tiptree to Leckie to L’Engle and Cherryh, science fiction has a rich history of women writing progressive and popular fiction. One could argue that modern science fiction was vitalized by Shelley, and Ursula K. Le Guin has been an ambassador for fantastic and thoughtful fiction for decades. Show More Summary

INTERESTING STUFF – 29 November 2014

3 weeks agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

URSULA LE GUIN'S DON'T-MISS SPEECH On 19 November, 85-year-old fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters at the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony. It's not that she doesn't already have...

Achievements in Achievement II: More Brits breaking boundaries you didn’t even know exist.

I love the Guinness Book of World Records, especially reading all their entries about people who make records in things nobody would ever do. For instance, in Sydney, Australia, Chayne Hultgren swallowed three swords at the bottom of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Show More Summary

Mini drifted into world’s tightest parallel parking spot, 8cm longer than hatchback

last monthVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

Han Yue from China has drifted himself into Guinness Book of World Records by sliding a Mini hatchback into a parallel parking spot that was just eight centimetres longer than his car. The feat, seen in the video above, took place during the China Drift Championship, which was hosted the other week at the Olympic [...]

Watch Ursula Le Guin's Wonderful National Book Awards Speech

last monthFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

"It's power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings."

Change Begins in Art: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Amazing NBA Acceptance Speech

We’d be remiss if we didn’t highly recommend the speech from Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards, video of which is now online (see below). Le Guin, who was honored at the ceremony with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, invoked in her acceptance the Amazon/Hachette pricing war (recently given [...]

Spirit of the Union 2014

Dubai Executive Council, has directed the prompt implementation of a new art and cultural project, entitled ‘Our Journey’, marking the UAE’s 43rd National Day celebrations. Expected to enter Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest graffiti, ‘Our Journey’ is 2,180 metres long and will be executed by the Crown Prince Office in collaboration […]

Spectator books of the year: Molly Guinness on the ‘oddly adorable’ New York dentist

What You Want, or the Pursuit of Happiness by Constantine Phipps (Quercus, £20). This is a deeply eccentric book — a novel entirely in verse set in a theme park… Continue reading The post Spectator books of the year: Molly Guinness on the ‘oddly adorable’ New York dentist appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Writer’s Freedom – And Ours

Not long ago, we featured Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” as our Saturday short story. This week, she accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards, and gave a brilliant acceptance speech, seen above, in which she stated her desire “to share […]

Ursula K. Le Guin --- "We will need writers who can remember freedom"

Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.

Ursula Le Guin: We Need Fantasy Because "Hard Times Are Coming"

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Last night, fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, won the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards. She gave a speech about the importance of fantasy in a world of ugly realities. Read more...

An Ode to the Duchess of Alba’s ‘Rebel Nobel’ Style

last monthLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

The duchess of Alba, the richest woman in Spain, died today at the age of 88. The duchess (full name: Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart) was known for her many titles: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, she had more than any other aristocrat. But it was... More »

Racism, Deodorant, and Marines: Typical National Book Awards News Roundup

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Racist-y Snicket, Le Guin's passion is a win, and Phil Klay takes home the biggie. News by Peter Derk Last night's National Book Awards was certainly a night to remember with three big stories blowing up the internet this morning. First, Phil Klay was the big winner in the fiction category for his novel Redeployment. Show More Summary

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