Literature

Could a video game developer win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The decision sent out shockwaves: for the first time, a musician had received the most prestigious literary award on the planet.

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  • The decision sent out shockwaves: for the first time, a musician had received the most prestigious literary award on the planet.
  • Does it mean the same as it did in 1901, when the first Nobel prize for literature was awarded?

High and low culture

  • Is there a justification for distinguishing high and low culture?
  • What is the relationship between culture and power?
  • Often, the word “literary” is a status symbol, a seal of approval to distinguish “high” culture from more vulgar or less valuable “low” forms of culture.

Word play: text-based video games

  • According to data from video game data consultancy Newzoo, more than 3 billion people play video games worldwide – almost half of the world’s population.
  • When the first video games were developed in the 1950s, two distinct genres emerged: one was action oriented (such as the pioneering 1958 game Tennis for Two), and the other more text based.
  • The inclusion of images in adventure games would not arrive until 1980, when Mystery House became the first “graphic adventure” game.
  • Despite technological advances, these games inherited several features from interactive fiction, including the predominant role of text.

Literature on the screen: “story-rich” games

  • In more recent years, a new sub-genre of adventure games – known as “story-rich” games – has become popular thanks to independent creators and producers.
  • In Papers, Please (2013), a border policeman in a fictional dictatorial regime deals with terrible moral dilemmas on a daily basis.
  • They have to explore several corridors while trying unsuccessfully to interact with their surroundings, accompanied by the voice of an enigmatic narrator.
  • Upon reaching a room with two open doors, the voiceover states that Stanley “entered the door on his left”.
  • Each decision then opens up new paths leading to dozens of possible endings, similar to a “choose your own adventure” book.
  • These works are fundamentally based on language, begging the question of why video games cannot also fit into this category.
  • Writing has always tried to break away from established ideas, and we know that literature is not limited to words on paper.


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Bruce Pascoe’s Black Duck is a ‘healing and necessary’ account of a year on his farm, following a difficult decade after Dark Emu

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Bruce Pascoe is best known for his natural history, Dark Emu, which argues that systems of pre-colonial food production and land management in Australia have been dramatically understated.

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  • Bruce Pascoe is best known for his natural history, Dark Emu, which argues that systems of pre-colonial food production and land management in Australia have been dramatically understated.
  • At last count, the book had sold at least 360,000 copies of the original edition – and many more in the form of adaptations, translations, children’s and overseas editions.
  • Since the publication of Dark Emu in 2014, Pascoe has had to endure extraordinary public scrutiny, as well as vehement attacks on his personal and professional reputation.
  • In light of the last ten years, Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a healing and necessary book.
  • The farm is a deliberate project designed to test, extend and materialise some of the ideas put forward in Dark Emu.
  • The meaning of Yumburra, Pascoe tells us, is Black Duck, the “supreme spiritual being of Yuin country”.

Six seasons on the farm

  • Through more than 60 subtitled journal entries, accompanied by numerous photographs and sketches, Pascoe charts the activities of his days.
  • These include labouring chores on the farm, visits paid and received (both there and interstate), thoughts, visions and experiments with food and agriculture, and memories and reflections on relationships reaching far back into childhood.
  • Pascoe describes life on the farm as solitary at times, but also active.
  • Daily farm work includes clearing watercourses or fixing tools and machinery, and at these times his friendships with the nonhuman are forged in both subtle and overt ways.
  • Despite their vigilance, the Spur-winged Plover loses a lot of chicks to eagles and foxes […] Their calls are ever-present on the farm.
  • If the horses gallop, an eagle passes, a dingo wakes or a car arrives, you hear about it instantly.
  • You can’t make friend with Birran Durran Durran because everything is a threat in its opinion.
  • Despite their vigilance, the Spur-winged Plover loses a lot of chicks to eagles and foxes […] Their calls are ever-present on the farm.
  • There is a sense of time moving on through the seasons.
  • Yumburra, too, was affected by that event, leading one of the farm workers to rename a whole section of the farm “Apocalypse Valley” in the aftermath.
  • “The unbridled pleasure I used to take in the forest, waters and shores is now tinged with sadness and dread.”

A true storyteller

  • The author is respectfully light on detail on these matters, but the reader is left in no doubt about their deep importance to him.
  • Pascoe’s authorial style sometimes comes across as a touch too lackadaisical and larrikin-esque, drifting as if unmoored.
  • And yet, he’s a true storyteller – and no sooner have you hesitated, than he reels you in again, and has you marvelling with him at the grandchildren’s handstands and cartwheels on the paddle board on the river, or at the cunning of the dingo pair who’ve taken out a young Buru (kangaroo) by gripping him by the ears and drowning him.
  • I assume it was the same animal because she made a great point of making sure I was watching her expertise.
  • It might be a romantic thought or a wish for longevity of a friend but, whatever the case, I enjoy the personality.“
  • Sometimes Pascoe quotes from her journal entries, discrete and beautifully rendered observations of wildlife on her own nearby property.
  • But as I was reading, I found myself wondering how else Lyn contributed to the book, and on what terms.

Connection to culture and Country

  • For anyone with lingering doubts about Pascoe’s commitment and connection to Country, this book will set them straight.
  • It is a quiet, funny, warm and insistent call to return to and care for Country.


Julienne van Loon has been a recipient of funding from Creative Australia, Creative Victoria and ArtsWA.

Decatur Children’s Book Festival Debuts May 3-5

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

DECATUR, Ga., April 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The inaugural Decatur Children’s Book Festival, presented by Little Shop of Stories, will be taking place May 3-5 in downtown Decatur.

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  • DECATUR, Ga., April 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The inaugural Decatur Children’s Book Festival, presented by Little Shop of Stories, will be taking place May 3-5 in downtown Decatur.
  • The Decatur Children’s Book Festival will continue May 4 and 5 at the Decatur Recreation Center and the Decatur Library.
  • The Decatur Children’s Book Festival takes place alongside the Decatur Arts Festival and in partnership with the City of Decatur, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur Tourism Bureau, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, the DeKalb County Public Library, the DeKalb Library Foundation, the Georgia Center for the Book, and Lenz.
  • Tickets to the Decatur Children’s Book Festival keynote event on May 3 can be found on Eventbrite .

iCAD’s ProFound AI Suite Uncovers Hidden Heart Disease Risk According to New Data Presented at American College of Cardiology Meeting

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Monday, April 8, 2024

The 15-site prospective study included 2D screening mammograms from women ages 20 to 100, with a median age of 56.

Key Points: 
  • The 15-site prospective study included 2D screening mammograms from women ages 20 to 100, with a median age of 56.
  • “The ProFound BAC AI algorithm may provide a critical surrogate biomarker for women at risk of heart disease or stroke,” said Dana Brown, president and CEO of iCAD.
  • The study also suggests the ProFound Heart Health AI algorithm can standardize BAC detection, potentially improving efficiency and reducing variability among observers.
  • Early cardiovascular disease detection is key, as among asymptomatic women, the first manifestation of underlying coronary heart disease is often acute myocardial infarction (MI) or sudden death.

Heineken® Celebrates Historic Irish Pubs With Virtual Museums Launch 

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Monday, April 8, 2024

AMSTERDAM, April 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Irish pub stands tall among cultural icons, revered locally and globally for their unparalleled social atmospheres. Recognised as the beating heart of Ireland's social scene, where stories and conversations resound within their walls. Heineken wants to shine a light on their importance by opening virtual “Pub Museums” across Ireland. 

Key Points: 
  • Heineken wants to shine a light on their importance by opening virtual “Pub Museums” across Ireland.
  • This innovative campaign from Heineken® aims to safeguard historical Irish pubs, advocating for their transformation into museums.
  • Heineken® has partnered with three distinguished Irish pubs to pioneer the virtual Pub Museum experience.
  • Irish pubs have been the site for rebellion and betrayal, settings for great literature and places of very real drama.

Illegal Racketeering & Systemic Injustices Unveiled In Town of Palm Beach: McWhorter Foundation’s Authentic Comprehensive Report Number One:

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

PALM BEACH, Fla., April 04, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This authentic comprehensive report delves into the intricate web of systemic injustices faced by C.K. McWhorter, shedding light on the collusion between law enforcement agencies, high net worth individuals, businesses, institutions and societal structures in the town of Palm Beach states at large. Through meticulous investigation and analysis, this report uncovers some of the historical roots of systemic racism and discrimination that continue to permeate the town's social fabric. It also highlights McWhorter's resilient response to these challenges and outlines proposed measures for reform and accountability.

Key Points: 
  • PALM BEACH, Fla., April 04, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This authentic comprehensive report delves into the intricate web of systemic injustices faced by C.K.
  • McWhorter serves as a microcosm of the systemic injustices that pervade the town, revealing deep-seated biases and abuses of power within its institutions.
  • McWhorter, a minority entrepreneur and former resident of the town of Palm Beach, became embroiled in a series of events following a routine background check by the breakers palm beach resort.
  • Historical Context: The systemic injustices faced by McWhorter are rooted in Palm Beach's history of segregation and elitism.

Award-Winning Author Xue Mo to Present at the 2024 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

AURORA, Ill., April 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 20-21, 2024, award-winning author Xue Mo will showcase his latest work, "Curses of the Kingdom of Xixia," at the 2024 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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  • AURORA, Ill., April 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 20-21, 2024, award-winning author Xue Mo will showcase his latest work, "Curses of the Kingdom of Xixia," at the 2024 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
  • It challenges us to confront our fears and beliefs and offers a way to transcend suffering through love and faith."
  • He further questioned, "With Europe's advanced publishing industry, why hasn't it been able to address human conflict, moral decline, or anxiety?
  • Describing his creative process for "Curses of the Kingdom of Xixia," Xue Mo shared that he engaged in a spontaneous, burst-like writing style, driven by continuous flows of thought and inspiration.

Biocompare Announces Beta Launch of LifeSciAI, a New Generative AI Tool

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Monday, April 8, 2024

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 8, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Biocompare, the leading provider of product information for life science researchers, is proud to announce the beta launch of LifeSciAI, a novel generative AI tool to help scientists find products as well as plan and troubleshoot experiments.

Key Points: 
  • SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 8, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Biocompare, the leading provider of product information for life science researchers, is proud to announce the beta launch of LifeSciAI, a novel generative AI tool to help scientists find products as well as plan and troubleshoot experiments.
  • LifeSciAI represents a significant leap forward for Biocompare with the integration of AI technology.
  • By providing researchers with a free and powerful tool, we hope to empower the global scientific community to overcome challenges and drive innovation in the field.
  • Generative AI Technology: LifeSciAI harnesses the power of advanced generative AI technology, providing researchers with an interactive, intelligent assistant.

Femasys Announces Positive Topline Data from Pivotal Trial for its FDA-Cleared FemaSeed® for the Treatment of Infertility

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

ATLANTA, March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Femasys Inc. (NASDAQ: FEMY), a leading biomedical company focused on addressing significant unmet needs of women worldwide with a broad portfolio of in-office, accessible, and innovative therapeutic and diagnostic products, today announces topline data from its FemaSeed Localized Directional Insemination for artificial insemination pivotal trial (NCT04968847). The trial investigated its FemaSeed product in women with a variety of infertility factors with the primary efficacy analysis focused on the severe male factor infertility. FemaSeed, engineered to enhance fertilization by precisely delivering sperm into the fallopian tube, the site of conception, demonstrated 24% of women became pregnant after FemaSeed with severe male factor (1 million to 20 million total motile sperm count (TMSC)). In contrast, a 6.7% pregnancy rate by cycle was described in the literature for intrauterine insemination (IUI) with male factor (greater than 1 million TMSC).1 Although permitted to have multiple FemaSeed attempts, the majority of women who became pregnant did so after the first FemaSeed procedure. The poor IUI pregnancy rates for this infertility segment usually necessitates assisted reproductive approaches, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Key Points: 
  • The trial investigated its FemaSeed product in women with a variety of infertility factors with the primary efficacy analysis focused on the severe male factor infertility.
  • “These impressive topline results for our now FDA-cleared FemaSeed, demonstrate significant progress in the treatment of infertility, while confirming its safety profile.
  • “The pivotal trial amassed substantial prospective data in support of the safety and efficacy of FemaSeed as a groundbreaking advancement in artificial insemination.
  • The pivotal trial was concluded prior to completing full enrollment due to Femasys receiving FDA clearance for FemaSeed under the 510(k) pathway in September 2023.

Sportsman’s Warehouse Announces New Executive Leadership

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

WEST JORDAN, Utah, March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, Inc. (“Sportsman’s Warehouse” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SPWH) announced today that it has named Krischelle Tennessen as Chief Human Resources Officer and Michael Simpson as Chief Information Officer.

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  • “These key strategic hires are significant additions to the organization as we continue to build out the team with exceptional talent,” states Paul Stone, Sportsman’s Warehouse President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Ms. Tennessen brings nearly 30 years of human resources experience to Sportsman’s Warehouse.
  • He brings over 20 years of leadership experience in tech and software development, including 15 years of experience in retail.
  • Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Simpson served in various technology leadership roles at Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT).