Critical Linking: February 9, 2014

The text, on a scrap of paper just five inches by one inch in size, is believed to have been copied by Austen from part of a sermon by her brother, the Reverend James Austen, in 1814. It was discovered in a first edition of The Memoirs of Jane Austen, a book written by her nephew James Edward Austen Leigh, attached to an 1870 letter from Austen Leigh to a friend. 

Just once I want to find something bananas like this in a used book.

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Rumors are swirling in Hollywood that the team behind The Hunger Games film franchise will “digitally recreate late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a major yet-to-be-shot scene.”

What else is there to do, really?

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How was the new sonnet composed? SwiftKey’s engine was trained on the sonnets of Shakespeare, and one of its early staff members, J Nathan Matias — now doing a PhD at MIT Media Lab — wrote a new sonnet choosing words purely from the next-word suggestions generated by the algorithm.

Kind of eerie. 

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British actor Damian Lewis(“Homeland”) is reportedly in talks to play King Henry VIII in the upcoming BBC/Masterpiece miniseries adaptation of “Wolf Hall.” 

#teamGingerHenry

 

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