Based in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Shulman is steeped in many languages including, at last count, at least four Indian languages. His collected writings — still growing — would put to shame the 19th century poet Meenakshisundaram Pillai whom he admires so much. Writing the biography of a language with a ‘documented existence’ of over 2,000 years, with a thriving community of 80 million speakers spread across the world, can be a minefield. Rather than tread gingerly, Shulman dances like a ballerina. The scholar and the aesthete rub shoulders in this elegantly written book that is structured, incongruously in my view, like a Carnatic style kriti. Tamil: A Biography is both synthesis and interpretation, a must-read for anyone interested in the world’s great languages and literatures. … [Read more...] about Story of a language and its evolution
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Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt (In the Heart of the Sea, Blood Diamond) and Jones, Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Maggie's Plan), Paula Patton(Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Need for Speed) and Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, 3:10 to Yuma). Bonus features available on the Blu-ray include the Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic, which takes fans on an interactive journey through the official Warcraft graphic novel with a never-before-seen motion comic that brings the story of the film's young heroes - Prince Llane, Captain Lothar and Guardian Medivh - to life in this unique experience. … [Read more...] about Warcraft Deleted Scene Hits the Pub with Singer Chesney Hawkes
Alright, so where does the genre go from here? Well, I think it could afford to lose its idea of what cyberpunk "looks like" to begin with. Mohawked gang thugs with bionic arms, saturated neon streets choked with smog and gurning corporate holograms: these look naive, almost cute. No, right now our future looks like giant warehouses full of branded cardboard boxes, wealthy coastal cities leaving the rest of their countries behind, and the internet serving more to blur and distort information on every level than to safely distribute it. Huge corporations are obviously still a threat, that hasn't changed, but now they're arm-in-arm with democratically-elected right-wing governments who facilitate their unrestricted growth for the sake of robust economies and their own pocketed wealth. … [Read more...] about Why do we read cyberpunk?
The film: You do really have to question the parenting skills of people who accidentally abandon their son not once, but twice. Poor little Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) ends up on a flight to the Big Apple, while the rest of his family are headed to sunny Florida for the holidays. While he waits to be rescued, the little tyke once more causes grievous injuries to a pair of robbers (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern’s Harry and Marv) and gets directions from current US President Donald Trump. … [Read more...] about The 25 best Christmas movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus
Noting the country "never got out of the first wave" of the COVID-19 outbreak, Fauci explained: "I don't even talk in waves anymore [when describing the outbreak]. I see it more like a high background with different surges super-imposed upon it, as opposed to a wave that comes and goes." … [Read more...] about Fauci’s Timeline for When He Thinks America Will Beat COVID