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.


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?


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. 


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




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