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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,…

Hobbit tourism scatters more of Tolkien’s magic across New Zealand

For millions, the Lord of the Rings films turned the country into Middle-earth. As the premiere of a second trilogy approaches, tour operators are ready for another bonanza This time last year, New Zealand was under the spell of the Rugby World Cup, with host nation enthusiasm going a long…

Mexico’s drug cartels target journalists in brutal killing spree

Scores of journalists have died in a country gripped by violence that has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives since 2006 He shakes as he speaks and at moments his eyes fill. “It’s certain that the people who killed my colleague were criminals,” he says. “The killing had the modus operandi…

Painting in Eric Clapton’s collection fetches record price for living artist at auction

German artist’s Abstraktes Bild (809-4), part of Eric Clapton’s art collection, sold by Sotheby’s in London for £21.3m An abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for £21.3m, setting a new record for the price paid at auction for the work of a living artist. Abstraktes Bild…

From book to screen, filmmakers discuss challenges

Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, most of whose films have been based on well-known books, believes novelists now more readily embrace the adaptation of their works onto the big screen. Daldry was among the movers and shakers from international film, publishing and multimedia industries to share their insight into storytelling at…

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