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National Book Critics Circle Finalists – 2014

In Books, Literature, USA on ஜனவரி 23, 2015 at 4:19 பிப

Source: National Book Critics Circle: NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS; Sandrof Award to Toni Morrison – Critical Mass Blog

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

  1. Blake Bailey, The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  2. Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury)
  3. Lacy M. Johnson, The Other Side (Tin House)
  4. Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure (Random House)
  5. Meline Toumani, There Was and There Was Not (Metropolitan Books)

 

BIOGRAPHY

  1. Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown: An African American Life (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  2. S.C. Gwynne, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson (Scribner)
  3. John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  4. Ian S. MacNiven, “Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  5. Miriam Pawel, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography (Bloomsbury)

 

CRITICISM

  1. Eula Biss, On Immunity: An Innoculation (Graywolf Press)
  2. Vikram Chandra, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty (Graywolf Press)
  3. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)
  4. Lynne Tillman, What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (Red Lemonade)
  5. Ellen Willis, The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz (University of Minnesota Press)

 

FICTION

  1. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press)
  2. Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books)
  3. Lily King, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  4. Chang-rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead Books)
  5. Marilynne Robinson, Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

 

GENERAL NONFICTION

  1. David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)
  2. Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book (Pantheon)
  3. Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co.)
  4. Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)
  5. Hector Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

POETRY

  1. Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)
  2. Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Books)
  3. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)
  4. Christian Wiman, Once in the West (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  5. Jake Adam York, Abide (Southern Illinois University Press)

 

NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING: Alexandra Schwartz

JOHN LEONARD PRIZE: Phil Klay, Redeployment (Penguin Press)

 

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2014 Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships: Author Recognitions by NYRB

In Books, Literature, USA on ஜனவரி 23, 2015 at 4:07 பிப

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Source: Literary Awards by Year – Lannan Foundation

  1. Steve Erickson, 2014, Award, Lifetime
  2. Mitchell S. Jackson, 2014, Fellowship, Fiction
  3. Adrian Matejka, 2014, Fellowship, Poetry
  4. Jamaal May, 2014, Fellowship, Poetry
  5. Jill McDonough, 2014, Fellowship, Poetry
  6. Claudia Rankine, 2014, Award, Poetry
  7. Joseph Stroud, 2014, Award, Lifetime

Cultural Freedom awards and fellowships

Most Read Books: Facebook 2012 Trends

In Books on திசெம்பர் 17, 2012 at 2:48 முப

Thanks: Facebook Stories – People using Facebook in extraordinary ways

  1. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) – Suzanne Collins
  2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins
  3. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) – Suzanne Collins
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) -E.L. James
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) – J.K. Rowling
  6. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  7. Twilight (Twilight, #1) – Stephenie Meyer
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  9. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

The 10 closest states in Election 2012: US Presidential Results

In Politics, USA on நவம்பர் 8, 2012 at 12:16 பிப

The 10 closest states in Election 2012

Top 10 closest states, ranked from narrowest margin — by percentage — to widest. If less than 100 percent of precincts are reporting in a state, according to the Associated Press, that is noted in parentheses.

1. Florida: 0.6 percent (Obama 49.9, Romney 49.3.)
2. Ohio: 1.9 percent (Obama 50.1, Romney 48.2)
3. North Carolina: 2.2 percent (Romney 50.6, Obama 48.4)
4. Virginia (99% reporting): 3.0 percent (Obama 50.8, Romney 47.8)
5. Colorado: 4.7 percent (Obama 51.2, Romney 46.5)
6. Pennsylvania (99% reporting): 5.2 percent (Obama 52, Romney 46.8)
7. Iowa: 5.6 percent (Obama 52.1, Romney 46.5)
8. New Hampshire (99% reporting): 5.8 percent (Obama 52.2, Romney 46.4)
9. Nevada (99% reporting): 6.6 percent (Obama 52.3, Romney 45.7)
10. Wisconsin: 6.7 percent (Obama 52.8, Romney 46.1)

The World’s Best Countries in Science

In Technology, World on ஒக்ரோபர் 1, 2012 at 11:07 பிப

 

SourceThe World’s Best Countries in Science: Scientific American

A: RESEARCH PAPERS: Score, on a 100-point scale, based on science papers in top journals (Digital Science, 2011)
B: PATENTS ISSUED: Number of patents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2011)
C: EXPENDITURE: Gross domestic expenditure on research and development (2009*)
D: HIGHER EDUCATION: Number of science and engineering doctoral degrees awarded (2009*)

RESEARCH PAPERS PATENTS ISSUED EXPENDITURE HIGHER EDUCATION
1. U.S. 1. U.S. 1. U.S. 1. U.S.
2. Germany 2. Japan 2. China 2. Germany
3. China 3. South Korea 3. Japan 3. U.K.
4. Japan 4. Germany 4. Germany 4. Japan
5. U.K. 5. Taiwan 5. France 5. France
6. France 6. Canada 6. U.K. 6. Italy
7. Canada 7. France 7. Russian Fed. 7. Brazil
8. South Korea 8. U.K. 8. Italy 8. Canada
9. Italy 9. China 9. Canada 9. Spain
10. Spain 10. Italy 10. Spain 10. Australia
11. Switzerland 11. Australia 11. Australia 11. Sweden
12. Australia 12. Israel 12. Sweden 12. Switzerland
13. Netherlands 13. Netherlands 13. Netherlands 13. Poland
14. India 14. Switzerland 14. Switzerland 14. Netherlands
15. Taiwan 15. Sweden 15. Austria 15. Turkey
16. Israel 16. India 16. Turkey 16. Portugal
17. Singapore 17. Finland 17. Israel 17. Czech Reublic
18. Sweden 18. Belgium 18. Belgium 18. Austria
19. Belgium 19. Austria 19. Finland 19. Belgium
20. Denmark 20. Denmark 20. Denmark 20. Mexico
21. Austria 21. Singapore 21. Mexico 21. Finland
22. Russian Fed. 22. Hong Kong 22. Poland 22. Israel
23. Hong Kong 23. Spain 23. South Africa 23. Slovakia
24. Brazil 24. Norway 24. Norway 24. Denmark
25. Finland 25. Ireland 25. Portugal 25. Greece

Top countries with the most competitive educational systems: Best Schools and Colleges

In World on ஒக்ரோபர் 1, 2012 at 8:09 பிப

Source: Can U.S. Universities Stay on Top? – WSJ.com

Education Strength

The Boston Consulting Group’s new E4 index assigns points in four categories, each equally weighted in the final score. Of the 20 countries ranked, here are the top 10.

Country Total points Enrollment points Expenditure points Engineering grads points Elite university points
U.S. 237 25 73 48 91
U.K. 125 4 26 46 48
China 115 86 17 4 8
Germany 104 5 25 37 38
India 104 90 4 3 6
France 87 4 24 41 18
Canada 85 2 25 39 18
Japan 72 7 31 19 16
Brazil 38 17 16 2 3
Russia 32 9 10 10 3

Source: Boston Consulting Group analysis

9 Foreign Terrorist Organizations that should NOT be there in the USA Terrorism Watch

In Lists, Politics, USA, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 25, 2012 at 5:22 பிப

Source: When is a terrorist no longer a terrorist? | FP Passport

  • The Abu Nidal Organization — a PLO splinter group — was a major terrorist organization in the 1980s and 1990s, but has barely been heard from since Abu Nidal’s death in 2002.

 

  • Aum Shinriyko, the Japanese cult that carried out the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, hasn’t carried out any attacks since.

 

  • ETA — the decades-old Basque nationalist group, is thought to have fewer than 100 active members since hundreds were arrested by French and Spanich police, and hasn’t carried out a major attack since 2009.

 

 

  • Gama’a al-Islamiyya  was once Egypt’s largest terrorist group and it’s former spiritual leader, “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman is in jail in the U.S. for his part in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, but the group has largely renounced violence since the early 2000s and now has its own political party with seats in the Egyptian parliament.

 

  • The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were decimated by a Sri Lankan army offensive in 2009 and despite reports of regrouping abroad, the Tigers haven’t been able to mount any major operations since.

 

 

 

  • United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia — a right-wing paramilitary anti-FARC group — was mostly demobilized in 2010 and the elements of it that remain are more of a drug trafficking organization than a terrorist militia.

Top 5 cities for fraudulent tax returns

In Business, Finance, USA on செப்ரெம்பர் 5, 2012 at 8:45 பிப

IRS paid out more than $972 million in possibly fraudulent refunds in 2010

1. Tampa ($468.3 million)

2. Miami ($280.5 million)

3. Atlanta ($77.1 million)

4. Detroit ($74.3 million)

5. Houston ($72 million).

IRS says these five cities alone accounted for more than 239,000 questionable tax returns.

Top 5 fraudulent addresses used for Income Tax returns in USA

1. Lansing, Michigan – 2,137 bogus returns for $3.3 million.

2. Chicago, Illinois – 765 returns for $903,000.

3. Orlando, Florida – 703 returns for 1.08 million.

4. Tampa, Florida – 518 phony returns for $1.7 million.

5. Belle Glade, Florida (pop. 17,667) – 741 fake returns for $1 million.

In all, the investigation found that Uncle Sam paid out $5.2 billion to identity thieves filing fake tax returns.

Ford Foundation: Notable Indian Grants, Corporate NGO partnerships & Fellowships

In Business, India, USA on ஓகஸ்ட் 14, 2012 at 8:26 பிப

  1. Amitabh Behar, Executive director,  National Foundation for India Supports voluntary development $25,00,000
  2. Dr Gladwin Joseph, Director, ATREE Striving to conserve biodiversity through sustainable development $13,19,031
  3. Indira JaisingDirector, Lawyers’ CollectivePromotes human rights for marginalised people$12,40,000
  4. Mathew Titus, Executive DirectorSa-Dhan Association Umbrella body of MFIs $9,10,000
  5. Kinsuk Mitra, chairperson, Winrock Intl – Sustainable rural resource management$8,00,000
  6. Sandeep Dikshit, Governing body member,CBGA Promotes accountability & participatory governance $6,50,000
  7. J. Mohanty, Chairperson, Credibility Alliance Promoting norms of accountability among NGOs $6,00,000
  8. Akhila Sivadas, Executive Director, Centre for Advocacy & Research Rights of marginalised populations $5,00,000
  9. JNU, Leading liberal arts university; FF funds used to set up Centre for Law & Governance$4,00,000
  10. Manish Sisodia, Founder, Kabir – Promoting RTI for transparency & accountability; Anna Hazare supporter$3,97,000
  11. Yogendra Yadav, Fellow, Centre for Study of Developing Societies, A think-tank largely funded by ICSSR $3,50,000
  12. Parthiv Shah Founder Director, CMAC Promotes culture, design & focuses on governance $2,55,000
  13. Nandan M. Nilekani, President, NCAER, Influential think-tank on policy issues that have found application $2,30,000
  14. Pratap Bhanu Mehta Head, Centre for Policy Research Leading think-tank, provides advisory services to govt $687,000

இலக்கிய நிகழ்வுகளுக்கு செல்லாமல் இருக்க ஏழு காரணங்கள்

In Blogs, Books, Life, Literature, Tamilnadu on ஜூன் 15, 2012 at 5:45 பிப

அயல்நாடுகளில் எழுத்தாளர்களுடன் உரையாட நிறைய வாய்ப்புகள் கிடைக்கின்றன. சமீபத்தில் கட்டுரையாளரும் நாவலாசிரியருமான பி ஏ கிருஷ்ணன் லண்டனுக்கும் பே ஏரியாவிலும் வாசகர்களை சந்தித்தார். நாஞ்சில் நாடனும் அமெரிக்கா முழுக்க உலாவி வருகிறார். வெகு விரைவில் எஸ் ராமகிருஷ்ணனும் வட அமெரிக்காவை வலம் வரப் போகிறார்.

இந்த மாதிரி சந்திப்புகளுக்கும் இலக்கிய கூட்டங்களுக்கும் செல்லாமல் இருப்பதற்கான காரணங்களைப் பட்டியலிட்டு பார்க்கிறேன்.

1. எனக்கு அங்கே யாரையும் தெரியாது; அதனால் கூச்சமாகவோ அச்சமாகவோ இருக்கிறது.

2. கார் ஓட்டத் தெரியாது; அவ்வளவு தூரம் ஓட்ட முடியாது.

3. அதுதான் அவரோட எழுத்தைப் படிச்சிருக்கோமே… அப்புறம் எதற்கு சந்திக்கணும்?

4. மகளுடைய பியானோ ஒப்பித்தல்; மகனுடைய கராத்தே பயிற்சி.

5. ஏற்கனவே சென்ற கூட்டங்கள் சிலாகிக்கவில்லை; வந்தவர் பேசாமல் வேறு ஒருவர் ஆக்கிரமிப்பார்; நெறியாக ஒருங்கிணைக்கப்படவில்லை என்பதால், இதுவும் ஒழுங்கற்று இருக்கலாம்.

6. சோம்பேறித்தனம் + போரடிக்கும்.

7. நான் அவரை முன்பே சில முறை சந்தித்து உரையாடிருக்கிறேன்.

கொசுறு: நான் அவரை வாசித்ததில்லை; என் கவிதைத் தொகுப்பை தரட்டுமா?