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Boston University MFA Program Receives $2 Million Gift

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 6.11.09

The graduate creative writing program at Boston University (BU) recently received two million dollars from Robert Hildreth, chair of the university’s board of overseers.

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North Korea Sentences American Journalists to Twelve Years

by Stephen Morison, Jr.

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Online Only, posted 6.10.09

Two American journalists who were arrested on March 17, presumably at the border between North Korea and China, have been tried and sentenced to twelve years hard labor, North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, recently announced. The state agency accused the women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, of “illegal border crossing” and described their punishment as “reform through labor.”

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New iPhone Reader to Offer Over a Million Books

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 6.9.09

ScrollMotion, a developer of applications for Apple's iPhone, announced yesterday that it will release a new digital book reader for the device that will offer users a more comprehensive reading experience.

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McSweeney’s to Champion Print by Adopting Newspaper Format

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 6.8.09

McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers says his quarterly’s next issue intends to prove the viability of print by adopting a newspaper format. Eggers made the announcement at an Authors Guild gathering in New York City last month, where he was being feted for his charity work with the nonprofit 826 National.

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Oxford Lexicographers Chart the Effects of Twitter

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 6.5.09

Between January and April, Oxford University Press added 1.5 million public “tweets” to its Oxford English Corpus, a vast electronic database that collects examples of words in context. Among the findings: Language use on Twitter tends to focus on the self and the present, while the social networking service’s insistence on brevity gives rise to some creative solutions.

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NCAC Launches Free Speech Leadership Council

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 6.4.09

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was the featured guest at last night’s inauguration of the Free Speech Leadership Council, a new initiative organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). As part of the event, Morrison spoke with author Fran Lebowitz at the home of council chair and former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman in New York City.

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