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2008-10-03 09:00:09

By Deseret News editorial Alfred Nobel -- father of the Nobel Prize in literature -- invented dynamite. And this past week, the top member of the jury in that competition lit a few fuses and set off some charges. Horace Engdahl said American writers are "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture" and that drags down the quality of their writing. He added that the "ignorance" of American writers is "restraining." Needless to say, American writers and academics responded with...

2008-10-01 21:00:06

By Malin Rising; Hillel Italie STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: the top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. Counters the head of the U.S. National Book Foundation: "Put him in touch with me, and I'll send him a reading list." As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year's award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said...

2006-12-16 00:00:00

PHILADELPHIA _ A Swedish astronaut kept a Frisbee in the air for 20 seconds Friday, claiming the new world record for "Maximum Time Aloft". Only thing is, it was floating in zero gravity, aboard the International Space Station. And the astronaut, Christer Fuglesang, kept it from bumping into anything _ or going out of range of the camera in a feed to Earth _ by blowing on it. If the record is accepted by the World Flying Disc Federation, Fuglesang would eclipse the longstanding 16.72-second...

2006-06-01 12:10:38

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran and Israel should shun uranium enrichment and other sensitive nuclear activities as part of a new drive to free the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction, a panel led by former U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix said on Thursday. The recommendation was one of 60 put forward by the 14-member Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission to help the world free itself of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Blix, who led the U.N. search for...

2005-10-11 05:28:05

By Stephen Brown STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish Academy will announce this year's winner of the Nobel literature prize on Thursday, amid a scuffle among its scholars over last year's selection of Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek. As the Academy gave the date on which it would announce the 2005 winner, Academician Knut Ahnlund gave notice he was quitting in disgust at the 2004 laureate, whose writing he called "whinging, unenjoyable, violent pornography." In a signed newspaper...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'