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Stuff (and links) from hither and yon (click on numbers to jump to summary links):
1 The puzzling way that writing heals the body
2 Sorry, graphology, isn’t a real science
3 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Shimmering Visions
4 Secret Mexican diary sheds light on Spanish Inquisition
5 In Nobel Prize Lecture, Bob Dylan tells of his musical and literary influences
6 This typeface combines Hebrew and Arabic equally
7 Bestselling ghostwriter reveals the secret world of the author for hire
John Grisham’s do’s and don’ts for popular fiction
9 The future of translation is part human, part machine
10 Was the author of The Voynich Manuscript, the literary world’s greatest mystery, a Jew?
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1 The puzzling way
heals the body
“Expressive writing” is not a miracle drug that will cure disease or heal wounds, but researchers have discovered (somewhat) that writing about the disease or injuries may mean fewer trips to clinics or doctors’ offices. The insight ranks above, say, sliced bread but below penicillin in its heyday. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170601-can-writing-about-pain-make-you-heal-faster?ocid=global_future_rss
2 Sorry, graphology,
isn’t a real science
Anne Trubek says, as graphology spread, it joined other pseudosciences, such as phrenology and eugenics, that used fake empiricism to discriminate. https://daily.jstor.org/graphology-isnt-real-science/
3 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s
The story of Fitzgerald as a victim of his own success has been greatly exaggerated, according to this review of David S. Brown’s PARADISE LOST: A LIFE OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD. One Fitzgerald quote springs out: “An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.” https://newrepublic.com/article/142383/f-scott-fitzgeralds-shimmering-visions
4 Secret Mexican diary
sheds light on
Natasha Pizzey reports on the discovery of a stolen diary from 500 years ago, when the tools of the Spanish Inquisition were used to torture and murder a Jewish family in Mexico.
5 In Nobel Prize Lecture,
Bob Dylan tells of his
musical and literary influences
Jonathan Zalman reports that Bob Dylan said that Leadbelly’s music changed his life. Other influences included Buddy Holly, MOBY DICK, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, and THE ODYSSEY. http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/236270/in-nobel-prize-lecture-bob-dylan-tells-of-his-musical-and-literary-influences?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=08a557dd44-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-08a557dd44-207183885
6 This typeface combines
Hebrew and Arabic equally
When you have two cultures living side by side but with different alphabets, you have a recipe for confusion. One solution (not always workable) is for both to use, say, English when interacting with each other. A typographer in Israel, however, has figured out a way to combine characters in Hebrew and Arabic. http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/236938/this-typeface-combines-hebrew-and-arabic-equally?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=b2e2f8ed47-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-b2e2f8ed47-207183885
7 Bestselling ghostwriter
reveals the secret world
of the author for hire
Andrew Crofts has written 80 titles and sold some 10 million copies in a 40-year career, mostly under names far more famous than his own – until now. Says Crofts: “Behind the title of ghostwriter, I could converse with kings and billionaires as easily as whores and the homeless, go backstage with rock stars and actors. I could stick my nose into everyone else's business and ask all the impertinent questions I wanted to. At the same time, I could also live the pleasant life of a writer…” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/27/bestselling-ghostwriter-reveals-secret-world
8 John Grisham’s
do’s and don’ts
for popular fiction
An aspiring or plodding writer won’t find any astounding insights in this short article, but it never hurts to be reminded to, say, write every day. http://www.advicetowriters.com/home/2017/6/27/john-grishams-dos-and-donts-for-popular-fiction.html
9 The future of translation
is part human, part machine
Ben Screen, who is working on a PhD at Cardiff University in Wales, argues that it is quicker for a translator to polish and correct the efforts of any computer translation program, as opposed to the translator starting from scratch. https://cosmosmagazine.com/the-future/the-future-of-translation-is-part-human-part-machine
10 Was the author
of The Voynich Manuscript,
the literary world’s greatest
mystery, a Jew?
The mysterious VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT, which has been carbon-dated to 1404-1434, remains an unsolved puzzle for academicians. In an article in The Tablet, Sophie Aroesty explores a new theory, based on illustrations of naked ladies bathing. One expert points out that purification baths have been used by Orthodox Jews for the last 2,000 years, so—
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