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September/October 2015

September/October 2015
An Interview with John Kelly "So why learn things off when there's no actual need to? Why not keep that brain-space for something else? Now, maybe I'm being a little facetious, but actually I've been writing something about a world where the systems fail and very few people are left who actually know anything about anything. They become so crucial -- and potentially dangerous -- that they are rounded up. The last repositories of actual knowledge or expertise.

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LibraryReads: The September list - Blog Post Because we love libraries, we're very excited about the new LibraryReads program. In case you haven't heard about it, here's how it works: Library staffers across the country nominate the books coming out each month that they've really enjoyed reading and are most eager to recommend to library patrons. The 10 that receive the most nominations are compiled onto a list of books that have the endorsement of not just one but many librarians—so you know they're going to be good. Without further ado, the September LibraryReads list:

Bibliotherapy by Nancy Peske and Beverly West Veronica Bond 21st Century Fox Bibliotherapy by Nancy Peske and Beverly West If there’s one thing I think all of us Booksluts will agree we love, other than a good book, is a book about good books. Book-A-Minute Classics Got another book report to do? English teachers have the inconsiderate habit of assigning mammoth-sized works of literature to read and then actually expecting you to do it. This wouldn't be so bad except that invariably the requisite reading is as boring as fly fishing in an empty lake. Half of those books don't even have discernible plots. Nieman Foundation AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, NF ’07, shown in a 2005 file photo, was shot and killed by an Afghan police officer on April 4. Peter Dejong/Associated Press AP photographer and 2007 Nieman Fellow Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed April 4 by an Afghan police officer while covering the run-up to the elections. In this photo essay from the Spring 2012 Nieman Reports, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner, who had worked on the frontlines of many major conflicts over the past two decades, reflects on work from her 2012 book “At War.” Read the AP story of Anja Niedringhaus's death.

Page-Turner Archives Our privacy promise The New Yorker's Strongbox is designed to let you communicate with our writers and editors with greater anonymity and security than afforded by conventional e-mail. When you visit or use our public Strongbox server at The New Yorker and our parent company, Condé Nast, will not record your I.P. address or information about your browser, computer, or operating system, nor will we embed third-party content or deliver cookies to your browser.

Biblio is now live - Start discovering life-changing books today - Biblio blog After many months of hard work, we’ve built something we’re proud to share with you. A very big thanks to those who were part of our initial testing and helped us shape this release of our book discovery and wellbeing platform. Conversation Along with lots of other improvements, we’ve incorporated the one piece of feedback we got most in our trials last year; that you want the opportunity to chat with your curator. Readers are keen to feedback on suggested books they’ve already read and curators want to know what books readers go for and how they find them so we’ve made the conversation central to each recommendation cycle.

The Best of Bankside at London Design Festival 2015 South of the Thames, 'Bankside' is LDF's newest design district, and home to the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, which is filled year-round with over 30 independent retail design studios, exhibition spaces and shops offering furniture, jewellery, homeware, and fashion. In its 18th edition this year, Designersblock was situated in the derelict but beautiful Bargehouse, showing multidisciplinary work from over 100 independent designers over three floors. Designersblock at Oxo Tower Wharf. The Kirigram collection by Constanze Schweda. Inspired by Kirigami, the Japanese art of cutting and folding paper, Constanze Schweda has designed a series of furniture that creates three-dimensional furniture from flat steel sheets. The sheets are laser-cut and then extruded by man-power into tables, mirrors and lamps for the Kirigram collection.

Complete Review A Literary Saloon and Site of Review Welcome tothe complete review: A selectively comprehensive, objectively opinionated survey of books old and new, trying to meet all your book review, preview, and information needs. the complete review: This site offers: What's New: Reviews of books that have recently been published or republished, that are in the news, or that we have recently added to the complete review's archives, as well as review-overviews of titles that we haven't yet reviewed, but where we've collected all the links and review-summaries for you. The Best: Our guide to the books we think are most worthy of your attention, the highest rated books, and our own bestseller list (of most popular reviews).

Book Recommendations Looking for a good book? Here are some resources to help you find the perfect read. In the library Stop by our Reader’s Advisory shelves near the Reference desk to look at a variety of books bursting with recommendations in every imaginable genre. Pick up your free copy of Bookpage, a monthly newspaper full of reviews of new books. Using Books to Heal and Enthuse Gifted Students - Austega Information Services By Lauren Martin Alexander’s day was terrible. It was horrible. Overall it was no good, and very bad. He woke up with bubble gum in his hair, missed out on the toy in the cereal box, and had to go to the dentist as well as go shopping! Alexander believed that because Australia was down under, a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day would turn into a wonderful, terrific, really good day if he were there.

The 20 Best English-Language Independent Films of The Past 5 Years Is anybody else tired of hearing “they don’t make them like they used to”? It is easy to be cynical about the artistic output of one’s own generation. With hindsight behind the classics of old, it is easy to feel that the grass was greener in times of old. Sure, it’s easy to look at indie gems like Reservoir Dogs and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and think “it’s been a long time since we have had a decent indie film like that.” But, on behalf of the true cinephile contingent, let me be the first to dispel this notion. My First Literary Crush - The books famous people loved in college. Click hereto read more from Slate's "College Week." In celebration of College Week, Slate asked journalists, cable-news personalities, novelists, Hollywood types, and other great thinkers a question: What's the most influential book you read in college? What made you slam down your café au lait and set out to conquer the world? The answers are below. Eric Alterman, media columnist, The Nation

The New York Review of Books David Shulman Alaa Badarneh/EPA/Corbis Since the Gaza war began, an unprecedented wave of blood lust and racist violence has raged within Israel. Similar manifestations have occurred in earlier periods. What makes the present moment distinct is the incitement by politicians, including members of the cabinet, the Knesset, and other figures within the Israeli establishment. David Cole Honoré Daumier On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the revised USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill to rein in the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone and Internet records.

Biblio Most of us realize how therapeutic reading can be. We find ourselves entering the world described in the pages of a good book and becoming involved with the characters therein. We often close the cover having gained new insight and ideas. That is the purpose behind the use of bibliotherapy; to assist a youngster in overcoming the emotional turmoil related to a real-life problem by having him/her read literature on that topic. This story can then serve as a springboard for discussion and possible resolution of that dilemma. Thus, the adult provides guidance in the resolution of personal crisis through the use of directed readings and follow-up activities. .

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