Nate Silver took part in an Authors@Google interview/Q&A and covered a variety of topics including his book, the FiveThirtyEight blog, faulty polling, and whether pro football teams should be going for it in “4th & 2” scnearios. The whole session lasts just under an hour, but we definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a way to kill some time this afternoon.
Before Dr. Seuss heard a who, he saw his work saturate the advertising field. The above piece is from the National Broadcasting Company Brochure in 1940. The University of California, San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library has an entire site dedicated to Seuss’ advertising work. Cool, eh? (ht WSJ)
“Obama and I decided to write a book together, a book of two friends,” said Wiesel, author of the bestselling memoir Night, in which he recounts the story of his time at Auschwitz, where his mother and sister were murdered, and of the death march which ended at Buchenwald.
Obama first saw Wiesel when the author lectured at the college where Obama was a student, but the pair became friends in 2009 when Wiesel was invited to join the president on a visit to Buchenwald. Obama said to Wiesel at the end of his speech: “The last word has to be yours here,” the author told Haaretz. Wiesel went on to make a speech in which he said to Obama: “Mr President, we have such high hopes for you, because you, with your moral vision of history, will be able and compelled to change this world into a better place … You are our last hope.”
Extremely NSFW: There’s not really much to say about this video, other than that we definitely recommend wearing headphones if you plan to watch this in the workplace. This might be the most entertaining political advertisement ever released.
Going too far: An autobiographical book, titled “No Easy Day”, which contains a firsthand account of the raid that led to Osama bin Laden’s death is scheduled to be released on October 16. The author, an unidentified Navy SEAL credited as Mark Owen, adopted a pen name for safety reasons; plus, the book was never cleared with anyone inside of the Department of Defense, White House, or CIA. But, apparently, the exceptional journalists over at Fox News just couldn’t sleep without knowing the identity of this mystery hero…and they assumed you couldn’t either. During a broadcast this morning, which will remain unidentified on SFB so as not to make the tracking of this information easier, Fox News displayed what they believe to be the name and hometown of the author. We aren’t really sure why they thought doing so was a good idea. But who knows … maybe they just forgot which side of this issue they were on when another organization, that they aren’t particularly fond of, tried to do the same thing with an official tied to the same raid. Stay classy, guys. Stay classy. source
That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it. My focus was mostly on biological features…I said nothing about iron ore, which is so widespread that its distribution has had little effect on the different successes of different peoples.
Jared Diamond, author of “Guns, Germs and Steel” • Disputing Mitt Romney’s claim that “culture makes all the difference”, and the presidential candidate’s presentation of his book during a speech in Jerusalem. Romney cited “Guns, Germs, and Steel” while attributing Israel’s economic success both to the Jewish peoples’ culture and the country’s access to natural resources like iron. Diamond also noted that this was not the first time that Romney had mischaracterized his work, referencing Mitt’s 2011 book “No Apology: Believe in America”. source(via • follow)
After battling a variety of health issues over the past decade-plus, Irish author and playwright Maeve Binchy has passed away. Binchy first saw mainstream success with ‘Light A Penny Candle’, which spent more than a year in top 10 charts, and went on to write seven books which appeared in a list of the top 100 novels by Irish authors. Her works appeared more often, and outsold, those of other noted Irish authors including William Butler Yeats and Oscar Wilde. (Photo via UggBoy/UggGirl)source
Newly-unemployed author Jonah Lehrer may have questionable judgment about Dylan quotes, but he has decent taste in houses. He and his wife spent $2.25 million on this home, once owned by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Something tells us the mortgage payments might not be quite so easy after today.
The highly respected author passed away in Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center as a result of complications related to a bicycle accident that occurred in April. Covey, who Time Magazine once called one of the 25 Most Influential Americans, also co-founded the FranklinCovey consulting firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is survived by his wife, nine children, and fifty-two grandchildren. (Photo via Thinkers50)source
I think I’ve changed a lot, and it’s not because I’ve become a liberal from being a conservative — it’s just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, you can’t just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue.
17-year-old Jonathan Krohn • Giving a bit of insight into his current political beliefs during an interview with Politico. Krohn, who became a viral sensation among conservatives after delivering a speech at the 2009 CPAC while only thirteen years old, now says that he’s abandoned his former social conservative values. And while he admitted he’d likely vote for President Obama if he was old enough, Jonathan stopped short of saying he was a full-blown liberal, Democrat, or progressive. “I’m tired of being an ideology,” he said, “and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not who we are as individuals.” (hat tip to our own Matthew Keys)source(via • follow)
R.I.P. Ray Bradbury: The “Fahrenheit 451” author, who wrote numerous other literary classics in his day, died Wednesday at 91. ”If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone’s memories about him,” Danny Karapetian, Bradbury’s grandson, said to io9. Sad news. (edit: Karapetian is his grandson; apologies, fixed)
It used to be that once a year was a big deal. You could saturate the market. But today the culture is a great big hungry maw, and you have to feed it.
Thriller author Lisa Scottoline • Talking about how the era of the e-book has increased her workload. She used to do one book a year; now she does two — writing at a pace of 2,000 words a day, seven days a week. Other authors are writing short stories for e-book formats as a promotional tool for their longer tales. The cause? A market that is more reluctant to pay full-price for a full-length book but thinks nothing of a 99-cent novella. Have your reading habits changed thanks to the Kindle and Nook? source(via • follow)