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1. New owners appear to have wiped The Palm’s once cartoon-covered walls

The famous murals at New York's Palm restaurant appear to be gone.

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2. Pirate libraries

       At Eurozine they reprint Bodó Balázs' piece (originally in Visegrad Insight), offering 'A central and eastern European perspective' on Pirate libraries.
       He reports that:

Today's pirate libraries were born to address political, economic and social issues specific to Soviet and post-Soviet times, but they quickly became vital beyond their original context.
       Of course, the legal morass remains ... a morass.

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3. See Tom Felton in New “Risen” Trailer!

A new trailer for the movie, Risen, starring Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) has been released. Tom Felton retweeted the news from MovieFone, with a picture of Tom Felton’s character, Lucius, grappling over a sword with Cliff Cutris’s character, Yeshua.

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Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) was quick to tweet about the new Risen trailer, saying that he was “Psyched for this, pal!” The two are currently tweeting back and forth about their weekend plans–throwing in Harry Potter references, of course, because the rivalry between Gryffindor and Slytherin is still very real.

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J.K. Rowling has just joined the conversation–expressing the same pleasure at seeing our Harry Potter boys banter between their respective houses.

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Risen is a biblical story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story is told from the views of non-believers, attempting to find the body of Christ after it has risen, leading the worlds largest and most important man-hunt. IMDB shares Sony Pictures description of the movie:

“Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”

 

 

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4. DC president Diane Nelson to head up WB Consumer Products

If you were wondering if any of the recent turmoil at DC Comics would affect president Diane Nelson's standing at WB, the answer is no. She's already proven herself a strong executive who gets the way Warners works, and as a result she's just added running Warner Bros Consumer Products to her portfolio, along with DC Entertainment and CCO of Warner Bros. Interactive, THR reports. She replaces Brad Globe, who served as president from 2005 until now and announced his retirement for next spring.

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5. DC and Scholastic Tease A New Title for January 26, 2016! What Could It Be?!?

☛ CAVEAT ☚ All of which follows is readily and publicly available online. (Until someone plugs all of the leaks.) I have not used any confidential sources. The original catalog citations which I quote below (with embedded URLs) are not hidden or behind a paywall at Edelweiss. Further information was all found by Google searches, and […]

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6. Harry Potter Lipsticks cast Makeup Magic

LA Splash, a cosmetic company in Los Angeles, has created a line of Harry Potter inspired liquid lipsticks. The vibrant colors of the lipsticks are named after many of our favorite characters in Harry Potter, as well as shades for Nagini and “Spellbound.”

The collection is composed of the most wild colors, as well as some classic deep reds and nudes. Since introducing the collection through their Instagram, LA Splash has been filling up their Gringotts vaults. Huffington Post reported:

The collection includes deep reds and nudes, but in true Potter fashion, also boasts some wild colors, like a sky blue and lavender (appropriately named, well, Lavender).

As with anything the HP series touches, the lipsticks have turned to gold, selling out on the brand’s website and prompting it to “frantically increase capacity.” 

And at $14 each, they won’t break the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, either. 

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From the LA Splash Instagram and website, here is a look at this magical makeup.

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These lipsticks are selling out rather quickly, but LA Splash is doing their best to meet the high demand. Bellatrix seems to be a particularly colorful shade, and is currently sold out. We have no doubt more Bellatrix will be available soon. If you wish to purchase these lipsticks you can find them on the LA Splash website, here.

To see more photos of real models wearing the lipsticks, please visit the LA Splash Instagram page.

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Model sporting the “Alastor” lipstick shade.

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7. Take down the wall: a Q&A with Michael Dear

We asked Michael Dear to describe his day-to-day experiences of borderland communities. Most of my travel time is devoted to listening to people, observing, and trusting to serendipity. People on both sides of the border are generally helpful and friendly. Once I got lost in fog on my way to the mouth of the Rio Grande at the Gulf of Mexico, and pair of Mexican cops offered me a ride along the beach in their truck. And they came back later to pick me up!

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8. How well do you know Lao Tzu? [quiz]

This August we are featuring Lao Tzu, the legendary Chinese thinker and founder of Taoism, as Philosopher of the Month. He is best known as the author of the classic ‘Tao Te Ching’ (‘The Book of the Way and its Power’). Take our quiz to see how much you know about the life and studies of Lao Tzu!

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9. Austerity and the prison

Greece is not alone in suffering from budget cuts arising from the era of austerity. In the UK, local councils, libraries, museums – all public services have been cut. Criminal Justice has not escaped this cost-cutting. The consequence has been fewer police officers on the streets, less money for legal aid lawyers, and closures of Magistrates courts.

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10. New Realistic Hermione Figurine!

Your eyes are not fooling you.  This figurine (doll) by Star Ace for Sideshow Collectibles must have taken some polyjuice potion, because it looks just like 11-year-old Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Hermione Granger figurine is the latest addition to a collection of dolls based on characters from the Harry Potter films.  The series also includes Ron, Voldemort, Sirius Black, Mad-Eye Moody, and Harry.

The dolls are scale models of the actors, complete with accurate costumes and accessories.  The Hermione Granger figurine comes with interchangeable hands for holding her wand, schoolbag, Magical Theory book, Hogwarts: A History book, learning broomstick, and writing quill.  It also has a bottle of ink and a doll stand.  The images below are based on the prototype.

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The Hermione doll is now available for preorder for around $210 USD from Sideshow Collectibles.  Thank you, Gizmodo Australia, for the tip!

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11. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/28/15: Free comics by Lemire, Mignola, Snyder and Jock

§ I don’t often run Kickstarter checks, but I see Mike Dawson’s Rules for Dating my Daughter kickstarter is nearly fully funded after only a few days! Granted it was a pretty modest goal, but I’m glad to see a book of indie non fiction comics get this much support. Also, Mike, I told ya: […]

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12. Moods review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Yoel Hoffmann's Moods, recently published in translation by New Directions.

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13. Mountain lit. prize

       The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature is ... exactly that, "an annual award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains" (and worth £3,000).
       They've now announced their shortlist for the 2015 prize -- though I am a bit disappointed by the similarity in covers (blue and snow dominate), as well as the fact that a book with the subtitle: "A Life Rocked by Mountains" passed muster ..... Read the rest of this post

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14. Borderlands movie on the way from Lionsgate and Take-Two

Another videogame is heading to the screen–this time, Borderlands, a FPS game is set in a comics-inspired SF universe. Avi Arad and Ari Arad, who certainly have a lot os experience with comics-inspired films, are making it with Lionsgate. The game was developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K, a division of Take-Two Interactive […]

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15. Hey everybody! Meet Elizabeth!

Please welcome another newbie to the Social Media team at Oxford University Press, Elizabeth Furey, who joined the gang in August 2015, just two weeks ago, as an OUPblog Deputy Editor and Social Media Manager! You can learn more about Elizabeth below.

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16. Ghosts of Katrina

Ten years have passed since Katrina. New Orleans is in the midst of celebrating a remarkable renewal. I still live in the same apartment that I lived in before the storm. It looks the same, perhaps a bit more cluttered, but the neighborhood has certainly changed.

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17. हंस profile

       In the Hindustan Times Manoj Sharma reports that For Hindi literature, Hans writes a story of grit and revival, profiling हंस (Hans) magazine.
       Hey, founded by Premchand and with Mahatma Gandhi as its editorial adviser .... that's not a bad pedigree. (Okay, there was a long interim between that time and Hans 2.0, but still ......)
       In any case, good to hear that this kind of publication can survive -- indeed that its readership is apparently growing:

Interestingly, in this digital age when the circulation of major magazines has going down, that of Hans has gone up in the last two years from 9,500 to 11,000, which makes it the largest-read Hindi literary magazine.
       And I kind of like the idea of a 'literary' magazine printed on newsprint.

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18. Coming Attractions: DC Announces DC You Trades, Plus Lots of Classics for Early 2016!

Wonder Woman: Earth One! Absolute Matrix Helix! Absolute Vertigo! Elseworlds! Batman cosplaying as Superman!  (Is that a SPOILER?) Plus lots of the DC You titles! Will they sell well in trade? Or will they die in the cradle, and never mentioned again? (Also, DC, what’s with the “volume one” numbering on your ongoing New 52 titles, like Superman, […]

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19. Murakami and the Nobel (sigh ...)

       I haven't really gotten into much Nobel-speculation yet -- even though the announcement-date is only about six weeks off -- but there hasn't been much gossip in the air so far (even though the Swedish Academicians have long narrowed down the list to the final five or so contenders). (But if you want pre-Nobel activity: there has been pretty active discussion at The Fictional Woods and the World Literature Forum -- and of course you can already place bets at Ladbrokes.)
       Not that much media coverage, either, but in The Japan Times Damian Flanagan gets things rolling with his look at Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize.
       (Note that I don't think he makes quite enough of the fact that Mishima's Nobel chances were surely mainly dashed by his youth, and then his death at a very early age -- only three authors (Kipling, Sinclair Lewis, and Camus) were 45 (Mishima's age at his death) or younger when they won the prize; the average age of literature laureates in the 1960s was -- despite Camus -- 65, and in the 1970s 69.)

       (As to the: "here we are now, with only two Japanese winners in the 114 years since the prize was first awarded", a reminder that there still hasn't been a Dutch winner. (No Korean one either, etc. etc., but Dutch still ranks as the most glaring omission to date.))

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20. Common infectious diseases contracted by travellers worldwide [infographic]

This summer intrepid travelers everywhere are strapping on backpacks, dousing themselves in mosquito spray, and getting their inoculations -- ready to embark on journeys that will take them into contact with some of the most virulent viruses and nastiest bacteria on the planet. Even those of us who aren’t going off the beaten track may end up in close quarters with microbes we’d rather not befriend. Explore some of the most common infectious diseases around the globe and how to identify them in this infographic.

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21. ‘Abrahamic religions’ – From interfaith to scholarship

Together with Ulysses, Abraham is the earliest culture hero in the Western world. More precisely, as Kierkegaard, who called him ‘the knight of faith,’ reminds us, he has remained, throughout the centuries, the prototype of the religious man, of the man of faith. The wandering Aramean from the Book of Genesis, who rejected his parents’ idols and native Mesopotamia to follow the call of the One God to the land of Canaan, started a saga reverberated not only in early Jewish literature, but also in the New Testament (Galatians 3: 6-8), and in early Christian literature.

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22. It’s Jack Kirby’s 98th birthday…why not give to the Hero Initiative today

Jack Kirby, the titanic force of US comics, would have been 98 years old today. While it makes you wonder what exciting things we'll be doing for his centenary, it's also a reminder that it's a good day to contribute to The Hero Initiative, as Kirby's granddaughter Jillian suggests in the above video. For several years, Jillian has promoted the Kirby4Heroes campaign to raise funds for the charity which aids creators in need. I can attest to the many people that this organization has helped, and in a field where 401ks are non existent, it's sometimes the only safety net poplar have.

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23. Four ways in which policy-makers resolve moral dilemmas

Moral dilemmas are ubiquitous in modern democratic societies. Can we protect the bodily integrity of women and their unborn children at the same time? How can we protect the free will of adults while at the same time denying them to engage in self-harming activities, like (assisted) suicide or drug use?

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24. NO a school did not ban a cute Wonder Woman lunchbox

Was that letter everyone linked to about a sweet Wonder Woman lunchbox getting banned at a child's school real? Or are we all just sheeple who believe everything we read on the internet?

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25. Fiction from ... Central Europe

       Checking out Visegrad Insight (re. above), I find this useful Translators' guide to new fiction from the Visegrad Group countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland) -- a nice overview of notable recent fiction from Central Europe.
       None of these titles are available in English yet, as best I can tell (and I can tell pretty well -- and it's hardly surprising: fiction from these nations usually does not get translated with ... alacrity), but a lot of these names are familiar -- indeed, almost all of them have had works published in English.
       Among the less well-known (but already translated) is Martin Reiner -- though I have to say I'm not so sure about his (600-page) "biographical novel in the form of literary collage", about Ivan Blatný; see the Torst publicity page.
       Among the better-known: books by Esterházy Péter, Kertész Imre, and Olga Tokarczuk. And Rivers of Babylon-author Peter Pišťánek's last work.

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