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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

Person of the Year: Top Choices from the Time.com Poll Results

In Lists, USA, World on திசெம்பர் 6, 2012 at 2:55 முப

Thanks: Time

  1. Kim Jong Un
  2. Undocumented Immigrants
  3. Mohamed Morsi
  4. Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein
  5. Gabby Douglas
  6. Ai Weiwei
  7. Malala Yousafzai
  8. Sheldon Adelson
  9. Bashar Assad
  10. E.L. James
  11. The Mars Rover
  12. Psy
  13. Felix Baumgartner
  14. The Higgs Boson Particle
  15. Pussy Riot
  16. Sandra Fluke
  17. John Roberts
  18. Mo Farah
  19. Marissa Mayer
  20. Tim Cook
  21. Mario Draghi
  22. Xi Jinping
  23. Bo Xilai

Top Searches from Yahoo! News: 2012 – Year in Review

In Internet, Life on திசெம்பர் 3, 2012 at 5:50 பிப

Thanks: 2012 Year in Review — Yahoo! News

#1 Elections

#2 iPhone 5

#3 Kim Kardashian

#4 Kate Upton

#5 Kate Middleton

#6 Whitney Houston

#7 Olympics

#8 Political Polls

#9 Lindsay Lohan

#10 Jennifer Lopez

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.

Best and Worst 10 countries: The Web Index

In Business, Technology, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 6, 2012 at 9:39 பிப

Thanks : http://thewebindex.org/data/all/webindex/

WEB INDEX TOP 10

  1. Sweden
  2. United States
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Canada
  5. Finland
  6. Switzerland
  7. New Zealand
  8. Australia
  9. Norway
  10. Ireland

WEB INDEX BOTTOM 10

  1. Nepal
  2. Cameroon
  3. Mali
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Namibia
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Benin
  8. Burkino Faso
  9. Zimbabwe
  10. Yemen

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Rank Country Web Index Impact Economic Political Social Readiness Communications Institutional The Web Use Content
Rank Country Web Index Impact Economic Political Social Readiness Communications Institutional The Web Use Content
1 Sweden 100 100 89.36 100 98.5 96.76 97.11 93.61 82.02 78.67 73.66
2 United States of America 97.31 91.07 81.14 92.54 89.13 94.98 82.57 100 100 87.01 100
3 United Kingdom 93.83 87.86 88.28 78.85 86.42 94.07 92.33 92.51 94.69 80.25 97.24
4 Canada 93.42 90.64 84.56 75.94 100 84.17 81.03 84.57 92.22 83.39 88.61
5 Finland 91.88 86.44 79.3 87.29 83.26 95.78 90.65 96.17 88.53 89.27 74.32
6 Switzerland 90.49 83.55 98.36 70.84 72.82 94.85 96.94 90.83 92.18 97.3 72.26
7 New Zealand 89.15 83.66 68.16 82.0 91.05 90.66 78.74 95.85 89.07 77.1 89.64
8 Australia 88.44 83.91 69.6 81.77 90.61 88.12 82.35 89.75 87.08 75.39 87.65
9 Norway 87.76 83.59 77.79 72.14 90.95 93.43 94.83 89.99 80.26 80.28 68.25
10 Ireland 87.42 84.45 100 65.82 78.29 84.48 76.82 87.68 83.61 75.98 80.0
11 Singapore 86.14 77.92 69.69 95.33 62.06 93.55 99.42 87.3 90.99 77.87 92.6
12 Iceland 86.1 76.67 67.1 65.93 88.08 100 100 96.72 89.3 100 63.31
13 Korea, Republic of 81.06 82.38 71.94 85.82 80.61 78.06 85.44 72.55 65.56 59.29 63.29
14 France 78.93 78.82 78.88 75.13 74.4 73.95 80.35 69.49 70.67 62.93 69.29
15 Israel 78.53 77.15 77.24 80.17 66.85 77.34 76.53 77.03 71.27 65.31 67.72
16 Germany 74.87 67.23 72.36 54.3 68.58 81.01 85.63 76.9 83.09 81.05 73.03
17 Portugal 72.33 66.68 52.58 73.67 67.79 73.66 74.25 72.88 79.2 73.27 74.31
18 Spain 72.12 66.97 63.4 72.62 59.45 79.18 73.85 81.49 72.4 63.62 71.96
19 Chile 69.55 71.82 63.59 76.91 68.31 65.86 61.23 69.18 55.81 43.58 62.1
20 Japan 68.56 64.5 69.15 42.62 74.99 71.24 80.19 65.48 70.4 58.46 73.98
21 Qatar 60.75 62.43 69.15 41.27 70.67 64.16 70.66 60.7 46.06 52.37 32.24
22 Mexico 57.68 58.57 47.13 70.25 54.32 48.95 50.04 50.53 57.25 40.87 68.17
23 Italy 56.45 48.6 42.39 47.33 53.08 67.22 70.76 65.29 68.19 66.52 60.11
24 Brazil 56.3 57.96 56.23 48.21 64.41 56.62 58.01 57.18 46.01 36.37 50.86
25 Poland 54.84 46.01 50.99 37.55 47.1 66.04 65.74 66.64 70.02 63.22 67.64
26 Colombia 53.86 55.75 41.23 66.34 55.86 50.24 49.55 52.79 47.15 38.46 50.71
27 Turkey 53.7 54.46 45.98 51.05 62.01 55.23 57.54 55.36 46.25 39.12 48.14
28 Kazakhstan 53.46 51.36 45.23 51.7 53.82 44.99 54.88 41.5 64.16 54.83 65.7
29 China 51.72 55.04 53.27 32.27 73.98 45.55 58.0 40.39 43.34 33.67 48.67
30 Tunisia 50.68 54.06 46.62 49.31 61.92 45.5 56.75 41.1 41.61 31.44 47.8
31 Russian Federation 47.29 43.79 38.49 56.86 35.1 47.71 61.2 41.67 57.16 45.1 63.05
32 Philippines 46.81 48.37 48.98 33.56 58.95 48.26 47.41 51.12 39.39 34.64 39.61
33 India 46.58 51.08 62.19 41.06 46.99 44.14 44.58 46.64 33.0 19.88 44.05