The Booker Prize is possibly the biggest literary award in the English and certainly gets the biggest publicity. However, Donna Tartt, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel, The Goldfinch, possibly sold more copies of her book than Richard Flanagan, who won the 2014 Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. But the two previous Booker winners — Eleanor Catton, Luminaries (2013) and Hillary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012) — were blockbusters.Continue Reading
What were the best songs recorded by the Beatles after they split up as a band? John Lennon, of course, had the biggest hit of them all after the breakup, Imagine. Paul McCartney has had the longest and most successful career, performing and recording still. Ringo Starr also tours with his own band and has a new album, Pictures from Paradise. (Read about him in Rolling Stone.)
A picture’s worth a thousand words? The thought crossed my mind when I saw the so-called summary cards with large images, one after another, on Twitter. Even the New York Times and Reuters are using big images to get attention on Twitter. Twitter users will, of course, say that’s nothing new. Instagram, Vine, Meerkat, Periscope, all show the importance of visuals on Twitter.Continue Reading
The newspaper reporter now has the worst job in America, according to Career Cast. Papers are folding, jobs dwindling. Even newspapers like the New York Times are turning to Facebook to attract readers.
The Times will soon start posting stories directly on Facebook and not just rely on links to attract readers.Continue Reading
Wow, the number of musicians born today! Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vinton, Jimmy Osmond, Herbie Mann and Henry Mancini were all born today. It’s also Pope Benedict XVI’s birthday.Continue Reading