Writer Elizabeth Jane Howard, 90

Elizabeth Jane Howard

“[She] won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize in 1951 for her debut novel, The Beautiful Visit. But she is best known for her five-part family saga, The Cazalet Chronicles.” Martin Amis (her stepson) declared her “the most interesting woman writer of her generation.”

Sherlock Holmes Now (Partly) In Public Domain in U.S.


“A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works that Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law, and can therefore be freely used by others ”

The Turing Test And Spike Jonze’s “Her”


“To those who would argue that a computer’s demonstration of humanlike behavior is hardly enough to make it legitimately ‘conscious’, Turing responds that the same can be said of human behavior … Belief in the minds of others is just as much of a leap as love is. Following Turing’s logic, Twombly is not a solipsist for getting emotionally involved with his O.S.; he’d be a solipsist not to.”

Why Is “No” Among a Child’s First Words?


“The seemingly simple word has a nuanced series of functions that children somehow master early on. In fact, no is among the top 10 or so words that English-speaking babies say when first beginning to talk … By the way, yes doesn’t even crack the top 20.”