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Newsweek drops print edition

Venerable US magazine Newsweek announced Thursday its last print edition would be December 31, saying it would turn all-digital to cut costs in an increasingly challenging media environment. “We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” wrote Tina Brown, editor-in-chief and founder of the online Newsweek Daily Beast Company,…

Erotic icon ‘Emmanuelle’ actress Sylvia Kristel dies aged 60

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the iconic 1974 erotic French film “Emmanuelle” and over 50 other movies, died in her sleep overnight after suffering from cancer, her agent said Thursday. “She died during the night during her sleep,” Marieke Verharen of Features Creative Management told AFP of the…

Fans outraged at soaring Rolling Stones ticket prices

Rolling Stones fans reacted with fury on Wednesday at the steep cost of tickets for the band’s 50th anniversary shows, while prices soared to thousands of pounds on re-sale websites. After months of rumours, the Stones announced on Monday that they would play two nights at London’s 02 Arena on…

Novelist Hilary Mantel makes history with second Booker Prize

Novelist Hilary Mantel on Tuesday made literary history by becoming the first woman and the first British author to be a two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Mantel picked up the prize, one of the highest profile awards in English-language literature, for “Bring up the Bodies,” part…

The nun who became a sex therapist

Dr Fran Fisher’s latest book blows the lid off the repressed sexuality of convent life. And it’s a subject the former nun knows first hand From nun to sex therapist isn’t an obvious career path but, says the former Sister Jane Frances de Chantal, “when you’ve been starved for a…

Google honors Winsor McCay’s ‘Little Nemo’

Winsor McCay: How his vaudeville act led him to animation (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google is honoring Winsor McCay with a vivid animated reproduction of ‘Little Nemo.’ (No, not the Pixar film about the little clownfish – that’s ‘Finding Nemo.”) Winsor McCay was a popular early 20th century newspaper…

New York Times announced it will launch Brazil news site

The New York Times has announced that it will launch an online Portuguese-language edition designed for Brazil in 2013. “The new Web edition will provide Times-quality content to an audience in Brazil that is educated, affluent and connected with the rest of the world.” the US media group said in…

South Korea lifts ban on French erotic novel by Marquis de Sade

South Korea has lifted a ban on the erotic novel “The 120 Days of Sodom” by the 18th-century French nobleman and writer the Marquis de Sade, just weeks after barring it for “extreme obscenity”. The Korea Publication Ethics Commission, a state review board, accepted an appeal by publishing house Dongsuh…

Ebooks ‘enhancing erotic literature sales’

Flush with the success of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, erotic literature is increasingly finding ardent fans among women seduced by the discretion afforded by ebooks, publishers say. “The Perfect Submissive”, “Body Temperature And Rising” and “Dark Desires”, the titles issued by British specialist publisher Xcite leave little room for doubt…

Neurosurgeon has headache that leads to trip to heaven, sees millions of butterflies: book

Eban Alexander’s quick trip to heaven started with a headache. It was November 2008 and a rare bacterial meningitis was fast on its way to shutting down the University of Virginia neurosurgeon’s neocortex — the part of the brain that deals with sensory perception and conscious thought. “For seven days,…

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