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  • Cruella de Vil Fun list over at the Telegraph of the 50 greatest villains in literature:
    Compiling a list of the 50 Greatest Villains in Literature, without too much recourse to comics and children's books, proved trickier than we'd imagined - but gosh it was fun. It's perhaps the nature of grown-up literature that it doesn't all that often have villains, in the sense of coal-black embodiments of the principle of evil. And even when it does, it's not always so easy to tell who they are. Is God the baddie, or Satan? Ahab, or the white whale? Yet even writers as subtle as Vladimir Nabokov have spiced their work with a fiend or two. And here they are. We hope you'll furnish a few more we missed.
    I won't tell you who came in at the number one spot, but at number three was Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith:
    Recognising the perfect business synergies between her likes (pepper, hot things, fur coats and having one side of her hair white, the other black) and dislikes (animals), Cruella sets about turning the one into the other. To some she is a perefectly self-actualised human, to others a monster; it depends on what you think of dogs.
  • Horizon Review

    Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24

    Horizon Review Nice move: innovative poetry and short-story publisher, Salt, have just launched Horizon Review -- "a review of literature & art" -- edited by the poet, novelist and critic Jane Holland:
    "The best words in their best order", for both poetry and prose, was my take on Coleridge's ideal as I began to read submissions for this first ever issue of Horizon Review. It's never an easy task to find work of a consistently high quality, especially with a brand-new arts magazine, but I feel confident that this launch issue is going to excite, surprise and provoke our readers. And since Horizon Review was inspired by and named after Cyril Connolly's incisive literary magazine from the 1940s, that is what I have been looking for from submissions: intensity and precision of effect and purpose, critical acumen, and visionary innovation (more....)
  • Bookforum

    Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24

    coverfall08.jpg I'm a big fan of the American literary periodical Bookforum. Well, the new issue is up online -- with all its content freely available

    Posted by Mark Mark

    Categories: internet, Bookforum

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  • Cuil Searchme Google is by far the most popular way to search the internet, but recently I've discovered two new search engines that offer a slightly different service, and that I really like: Searchme allows you to view your search results as page images rather than text. They say:
    "Searchme lets you see what you're searching for. As you start typing, categories appear that relate to your query. Choose a category, and you'll see pictures of web pages that answer your search. You can review these pages quickly to find just the information you're looking for, before you click through."
    Genius! Cuil provides the traditional text result, but sorts results by relevancy, not popularity as with Google. They claim to have a larger index than any other search engine, and to be able to out-search Google 3-to-1, and Microsoft 10-to-1:
    "The Internet has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years but search engines have not kept up-until now. Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else-three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft."
    Actually, my test searches brought up a lot fewer results than Google in many cases, but hey ho! still worth keeping an eye on!
  • Codex Sinaiticus

    Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:24

    codex.jpg According to Reuters (via So Many Books), "more than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time this week." Later today, with any luck, the Codex Sinaiticus goes up on the web:
    Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript - the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity - is of supreme importance for the history of the book.
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