Americans go to the Library More than the Movies

February 2, 2020 News Editor 0

There have been many discussions in recent years about whether or not libraries are still necessary to our culture. With the rise of  tech culture and the Internet where, at a glance, the information of the world is at everyone’s fingertips, who even needs a building dedicated to knowledge and learning in their town? A new poll says the answer is: almost everyone. From Smithsonian Magazine: The debate over whether public libraries are on their […]

Goodnight to the Queen of Suspense

January 31, 2020 News Editor 0

Mary Higgins Clark, one of the bestselling authors in the world today, has died. She was 92. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, confirmed her death with a tweet late on January 31st: It is with deep sadness we say goodbye to the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, author of over 40 bestselling suspense titles. She passed away peacefully this evening, January 31, at the age of 92 surrounded by family and friends. It is […]

Times New Roman #Trending

January 27, 2020 News Editor 0

We still don’t know why, late on Monday evening #TimesNewRoman started trending on Twitter. No one seemed to know. (And a lot of the noise was just people trying to figure it out.) But the reactions were priceless. Saw Times New Roman trending and thought it had been murdered by that bastard Garamond. — Paul Crenshaw (@PaulCrenstorm) January 28, 2020 #TeamHelvetica — TWEETS IZ WATCHIN' (@MercedesBoy) January 28, 2020 I don’t know what or why […]

Solving the Misinformation Pandemic

January 27, 2020 News Editor 0

It’s National News Literacy Week and it’s all about solving the misinformation “pandemic,” says Allan Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. From CNN: “We all bear responsibility here,” Miller said. “I would like to see a new kind of ethos of personal responsibility around … how we share and consume news and information, so that people begin to become part of the information solution, instead of being part of the misinformation problem.” […]

Basketball Star, Oscar Winner and Author Kobe Bryant Dead at 41

January 27, 2020 News Editor 0

You will likely already have heard that former LA Laker superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant, often affectionately called The Black Mamba, died in a helicopter crash near LA on Sunday. His daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, just 13 years old lost her life in the same crash. Gianna was the second eldest of Bryant’s four daughters. The youngest, Capri, was born June 2019. Kobe Bryant was widely known as one of the great basketball players of […]

Children’s Books: American Royals by Katharine McGee

January 24, 2020 News Editor 0

To my mind, when it was published four months ago, American Royals (Random House) probably generated less interest than it is right now. After all, even at a time when American politics are at their most amusing, the British royal family — and its American-born duchess — have been capturing headlines. That can’t have been bad timing for bestselling author Katharine McGee’s engaging new book. Though it’s been published as Young Adult fiction, American Royals […]

Fighting the (Tech) Revolution

January 23, 2020 News Editor 0

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is on its way experts suggest it’s going to change everything. A recent conceit, the phrase was coined in 2015 was first introduced by then executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab. Smartypants Technology Report talks about the Fourth Industrial Revolution in an article about a recently published book on the topic called Fightback: How to Win in the Digital Economy with Platforms, Ventures and Entrepreneurs. Digitalization is the […]

J.R.R. Tolkien Son and Heir Christopher Dies at 95

January 16, 2020 News Editor 0

Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. Tolkien was born in England in 1924. He died January 15, 2020. Christopher John Reuel Tolkien was author J. R. R. Tolkien’s third son. In addition to continuing his father’s work, he drew the maps for the original The Lord of the Rings. He signed the maps C. J. R. T. From CNN: After his father’s death, Christopher Tolkien began working on […]

Free Joker Screening Celebrates Oscars in Advance

January 13, 2020 News Editor 0

In celebration of several Oscar noms for the film Joker, Showcase Cinemas has announced a free screening of the movie at their Bronx location this coming Sunday. From Smartypants Tech Report: In a three-way celebration, Showcase Cinemas has announced that it will host a free screening of the Warner Bros.’ film Joker at its Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas in the Bronx on Sunday, January 19 at 4 p.m. ET. Coincidentally (or not) the 19th is […]

Tweetworthy: Molly Jong-Fast

January 7, 2020 News Editor 0

Favorite tweet/quote of the last week or so, by author and liberal pundit Molly Jong-Fast (Normal Girl, The Social Climber’s Handbook). “It’s like Watergate but everyone in the entire administration is a moron.” Here she is on Twitter where she says a lot of sharp and funny things. (Well, she’s always saying sharp and funny things, but…) ◊