Centennial of Camus' birth marked

Nov 8, 2013

Centennial of Camus' birth marked

by Angus Mackinnon

Albert Camus once said that those who write clearly have readers, while those who write obscurely have commentators. By his own maxim, he must have been doing something right because, 100 years after his birth and more than half a century since his untimely ...

Museum honoring Japan scholar Keene to open doors

Sep 21, 2013

Museum honoring Japan scholar Keene to open doors

A new museum built in honor of Donald Keene, a prominent U.S.-born scholar of Japanese literature, was opened to reporters Friday in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, prior to its public unveiling Saturday. At a news conference at the Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki, Keene, 91, said: ...

Big asteroid named after Chilean cult filmmaker

Sep 6, 2013

Big asteroid named after Chilean cult filmmaker

Paris AFP-JIJI A large asteroid has been named after Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult Franco-Chilean filmmaker and science-fiction comic book writer who later became a spiritual guru. The Minor Planets Center, a branch of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), has listed asteroid 261690 Jodorowsky at ...

Acclaimed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl dies at 93

Sep 4, 2013

Acclaimed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl dies at 93

Frederik Pohl, who helped shape and popularize science fiction as an influential agent, editor and award-winning author, died Sept. 2 at a hospital near his home in Palatine, Illinois. He was 93. His death was confirmed by a granddaughter, author Emily Pohl-Weary. An entry ...

Irish poet, 'Beowulf' translator Seamus Heaney dies

Aug 31, 2013

Irish poet, 'Beowulf' translator Seamus Heaney dies

Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet whose verse captured the transcendent power, darkness and humanity of his conflicted homeland, died Friday at a hospital in Dublin. He was 74. In accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, Heaney acknowledged another Irish Nobel laureate, William ...

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue turns 100

Aug 24, 2013

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue turns 100

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue celebrated her 100th birthday Friday with parties for children as well as grown-ups, illustrating the universal appeal of Hans Christian Andersen’s poignant fairy tale. Perched on a rock in the water just off the star-shaped Kastellet fortress near the city’s ...

Aug 1, 2013

S&M novel is a hit with detainees at Gitmo

Sado-masochistic best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” is popular reading among high-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, officials told a visiting congressional delegation. “Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by (Camp Seven detainees) is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ” House ...

Banks, literary master of dark humor, dies

Jun 11, 2013

Banks, literary master of dark humor, dies

Scottish author Iain Banks, best known for his novels “The Wasp Factory” and “The Crow Road,” has died at age 59, two months after revealing that he had terminal cancer, his publisher said. Banks died less than a fortnight before the scheduled publication of ...