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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Lead item

Eighteen soldiers: the photographs from Zabul "It looks like they are dangling a mangled puppet, or a Ken doll that's been defaced in a child's fit of rage, except that the body was a person. Two American soldiers are grinning and giving a thumbs-up."

New Yorker

Thursday, 19 April 2012

General item

Time to invent a new technology future "We're there. The future that visionaries imagined in the late 1990s of phones in our pockets and high-speed Internet in the air: Well, we're living in it... The question is, as it has always been: now what?"

The Atlantic

The stroke had turned me gay "Following a stroke, Chris Birch's personality and sexuality altered dramatically. Now he is trying to rediscover who he is and why these changes may have happened."


Thursday, 19 April 2012

And finally

And the winner isn't... "When the Pulitzer Prize Board announced on Monday that there were three finalists for the fiction prize and no winner, we were left to draw our own conclusions... As a novelist and the author of an eligible book, I do not love this. It's fine to lose to someone, and galling to lose to no one." (Ann Patchett)

New York Times

General item

Marilyn Monroe: A rumbling of things unknown "If Monroe offers an image of American perfectibility, we shouldn’t be surprised to find behind that image, as its hidden companion, a host of other images through which that same – perfectible – America indicts itself." (Jacqueline Rose)

London Review of Books