Mo Yan wins Nobel prize for literature

Mo Yan wins Nobel prize for literature

Mo Yan  become the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel prize for literature, a decision that sparked rejoicing but some criticism in his homeland. State media celebrated Mo’s win and the Nobel website rapidly filled with comments from Chinese users expressing pride at his triumph. The Swedish Academy, which decides on the award, said […]

My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist

My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist

By Sadanand Dhume Text Publishing RRP $AUS34.95 In October 2002, Sadanand Dhume found himself in a place most foreigners were trying to flee Bali. Powerful explosions the previous night had ripped through two tourist nightclubs, killing more than two hundred people. That evening he visited what remained of the Sari Club. Standing among piles of […]

Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President

Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President

By Ron Suskind, Harper Collins, $ 24.99 The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centres of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Until August 2007, when that confidence finally began to crumble. In this brilliantly […]

Maybe next time

Maybe next time

If we lived in a parallel universe, then Clint Eastwood would probably be having a deep and meaningful conversation with an empty chair. But we don’t and we all know the true spirit of inspiration, conversation and debate comes from face to face communications.  This editorial suggests that we have a problem with inspiring people […]

Sociable Trash Box: Proxemics in Dynamic Interactions

Sociable Trash Box: Proxemics in Dynamic Interactions

Picture: Children interacting with the sociable trash-box. Toyohashi Tech researchers use ‘robotic social trash boxes’ to investigate interactions between humans and robots for improving robot-to-human communications. This report is featured in the September issue of the Toyohashi Tech eNewsletter : http://www.tut.ac.jp/english/newsletter/ Humans regulate their interactions according to different contexts, the degree of the relationship, cultural […]

A first for South Africa. An apartment…

A first for South Africa. An apartment…

South Africa’s first formal container housing development has reached completion in Johannesburg’s Windsor East suburb north of the city with residents flocking to apply for occupation. The controversial project, involving the use of defunct freight shipping containers as housing units, initially had residents up in arms when first mooted several months ago. The project took […]

Maybe next time

Maybe next time

-Doug Green If we lived in a parallel universe, then Clint Eastwood would probably be having a deep and meaningful conversation with an empty chair. But we don’t and we all know the true spirit of inspiration, conversation and debate comes from face to face communications. Written before the result of the US Elections, this […]

The Shadow of the Wind

  Carlos Ruiz Zafon Text Publishing This edition of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s much-loved bestseller includes Chapter One of his new literary sensation The Angel’s Game. It is 1945 and Barcelona is enduring the long aftermath of civil war when Daniel Sempere’s bookseller father decides his son is old enough to visit the secret Cemetery of […]

Joseph Anton

By Salman Rushdie RRP $39.99 Random House On 14 February 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been ‘sentenced to death’ by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which […]