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  • Seattle abruptly repeals 'head tax' opposed by Amazon
    on June 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Seattle officials repealed a corporate "head tax" on Tuesday "that they had wholeheartedly endorsed just a month ago, delivering a win for the measure's biggest opponent--Amazon--and offering a warning to cities bidding for the retailer's second headquarters that the company would go to the limit to get its way," the New York Times reported. The tax would have raised about $50 million a year to help the homeless and fund affordable housing projects in a city where the homeless population is the third largest in the country, after New York City and Los Angeles. […]

  • Amazon comes under fire for removal of book reviews
    on June 14, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Amazon has come under fire for removing reviews from its online book listings, with some customers having had all their reviews removed or being blocked from posting further reviews on Amazon. Authors, bloggers and publishers have criticized the development, with many sharing their frustration through the #giveourreviewsback hashtag. Amazon has blamed temporary "technical issues". […]

  • Mike McCormack wins International Dublin literary award for Solar Bones
    on June 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Mike McCormack has won the International Dublin literary award for his novel Solar Bones. The judges hailed it as "formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited". It is written in a single sentence that flows over 270-odd pages, and spans a single day: All Souls' Day, when, according to superstition, the dead can return to the land of the living. Solar Bones is narrated by Marcus Conway – husband, father, civil engineer, a man gripped by "a crying sense of loneliness for my family" – and a ghost, a factor that, for McCormack, explains the experimental form. ("A ghost would have no business with a full stop," he once argued. "It might fatally falter and dissipate.") […]

  • The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar
    on June 12, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    In an extensive article in the New York Times, John Kidd reports on "The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar." Two decades ago, a renowned professor promised to produce a flawless version of one of the 20th century's most celebrated novels: "Ulysses." Then he disappeared... […]

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins PEN Pinter prize
    on June 12, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter prize. She was hailed by Harold Pinter's widow, the biographer Antonia Fraser, as a writer who embodies "those qualities of courage and outspokenness which Harold much admired". […]