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  • Let's get loud: The story of noise | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    between noise and technological developments and progress Each new technological development has brought in its wake complaints and problems to do with the noise it generates said Goldsmith Partly because of the fact that the new noise may have added to the background cacophony of life and the unfamiliarity of the sound means that people pay attention to it Noise that we take for granted today like the rumbling of cars was once as irritating and alarming to people as a particularly obnoxious cellphone ringtone The widening use of electricity also had to do with the rise in noise and noise complaints Goldsmith said In Paris for instance there was a big increase in complaints about noise right at the time when street lighting became more widespread because it meant that people could extend their working and playing lives you could drink late into the night because you knew you d get home OK because you could see where you re going Naturally the most irritating noise is the one that s bugging you right now or every day or outside your living room window One story that Goldsmith shares in his book is that of the legendary 19th century mathematician and engineer Charles Babbage who also happened to be a notorious crank who feuded loudly it seems with the street musicians in his neighbourhood trying to get them banned This attitude generated as one might expect quite a lot of retaliatory noise said Goldsmith One of his neighbours every day for a month blew a whistle loudly towards Babbage s house So is the world actually noisier now than it has been in the past or have people always felt intruded upon by the noise of their neighbours I think that one thing that has changed in all cities

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/lets-get-loud-the-story-of-noise.html (2013-06-03)
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  • A reading list for reproductive rights in honour of Dr. Henry Morgentaler | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    Writers Company Close X Contests Contact Us A reading list for reproductive rights in honour of Dr Henry Morgentaler Wednesday May 29 2013 Abortion rights activist Dr Henry Morgentaler who helped ensure that Canadian women have access to safe and legal reproductive options has passed away at the age of 90 CBC News reports In honour of his life we ve compiled a Reproductive Rights Reading List a selection of important books for anyone who believes that a woman should have governance over her own body Related links CBC Books A reading list for Angelina Jolie Top 5 mastectomy memoirs CBC Books Caitlin Moran on how to be a woman Twitter Facebook Goodreads Tweets by cbcbooks Most popular topics at CBC s Goodreads Group Curious what are you consuming at the moment 126 Reading Challenge for 2011 59 2008 Winner Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden 30 Resources for finding reading material 30 British Columbia 23 View more at CBC s Goodreads Group CBC Global Footer CBC ca Aboriginal Books Contests Digital Archives Documentaries Kids Kids CBC Preschool Kids CBC Wonder World Music News Parents Program Guide Radio Sports Television CBC Member Centre CBC Player CBC Shop Corporate About CBC

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/a-reading-list-for-reproductive-rights-in-honour-of-dr-henry-morgentaler.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Stop panicking, the internet is not destroying the English language | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    is concerned he said to Spark host Nora Young It s not just the internet when telephones arrived in the 19th century people panicked because they thought it was going to destroy language people wouldn t go out of their houses anymore And then broadcasting comes along in the 1920s and people panic because they think everyone s going to be brainwashed And same with the internet It s taken about ten years but now linguists have determined that English remains unchanged books aren t changing kid s homework is the same and thank you letters don t read like text messages Crystal explains that 99 9 per cent of all the language that is going backwards and forwards and around the world is carrying on in just the same way it was before the internet came along in the first place Meanwhile back on the net language is flourishing growing and evolving The internet has given us 10 or 15 new styles of communication long messages like blogging short messages like texting and tweeting so I see it all as an expanding array of linguistic possibilities Crystal explains that even though most of the opportunities for language occur at the informal end of the spectrum this type of language still has value For the last 10 years we ve seen a trend in internet writing that mimics the spoken word through Facebook email and texting Crystal sees this as a trend that will persist in the future We ain t seen nothing yet The big thing that s going to happen over the next 10 years is that the internet is going to become increasingly audio in all sorts of different ways he said So the balance is going to change and I think we re going to see

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/stop-panicking-the-internet-is-not-destroying-the-english-language.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Shyam Selvadurai on hungry ghosts | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    Boy and more than 10 years since his last book Cinnamon Gardens He admits that The Hungry Ghosts was such a long time in the making because he couldn t find the perfect tone Canada was very difficult to write about especially the Canada that I wanted to write about which was the Canada which is called the inner ring suburbs of say Toronto Where it s an amorphous place you arrive and there s no centre there s no main street no downtown no nothing It s just lost in a way It s a kind of wasteland I just did not know how to get my language to that place because my language is much better suited to the sensuality of Sri Lanka Selvadurai s novel is largely inspired by his own Buddhist sensibility The title The Hungry Ghosts is based on a Buddhist story that warns against greed If you are greedy in your current life you will be reborn as a hungry ghost an insatiable creature who eats and eats yet can never be full He says the hungry ghost is a central metaphor in his own novel It s a great visual symbol of desiring too much and eternal hunger for more and more and more he said I wanted the novel to be about that Buddhism runs through the entire novel He says his characters are mostly driven by a sense of karma and destiny I believe that everything we think and feel and do produces a result and that we have to deal with that result that result is then something that produces another result so on and so forth so yes I do believe in causality The main character s destiny as a young gay man in Sri Lanka in the 1980s

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/shyam-selvadurai-on-hungry-ghosts.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Win a Richard Van Camp prize pack | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    Radio dramas and most recently his first novel The Lesser Blessed was adapted into a feature film We have five prize packs to give away consisting of signed copies of The Lesser Blessed and two passes to see the film anywhere the movie is playing in Canada To enter tweet cbcbooks or leave a comment below with the name of Richard s new collection of short stories hint it recently won the 2013 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction at the Alberta Literary Awards by 11 59 p m ET on Friday May 31 CBC contest rules apply Richard will be Shelagh Rogers guest on the June 10 episode of The Next Chapter so be sure to tune in Check out the movie trailer for The Lesser Blessed below The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 to much critical acclaim It opens in Toronto on Friday May 31 and in Montreal Ottawa Winnipeg and Edmonton on Friday June 7 Twitter Facebook Goodreads Tweets by cbcbooks Most popular topics at CBC s Goodreads Group Curious what are you consuming at the moment 126 Reading Challenge for 2011 59 2008 Winner Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden 30 Resources

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/win-a-richard-van-camp-prize-pack.html (2013-06-03)
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  • John le Carré in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    It s volatile it s capable eventually of major evolutionary change even in the rest of my lifetime so that s what turned me inward and that s what concerns me deeply le Carrésaid He went on to explain that this is also a unique time in history to write about Britain s intelligence agency because of its changing role What made me look inward was an increasing concern about the way our society is administered and the way the British electorate seems increasingly alienated from the systems of authority and power which in theory it controls Le Carré has said that A Delicate Truth which is his 23rd novel comes closest his skin than any of his other books When asked to elaborate he said Well I took two men at the centre of the story one at 30 and one over 60 I m vastly over 60 but I was once 30 and I tried to imagine myself in each of those skins and I want to believe that I would have acted finally with the same integrity with which those two characters did finally act Le Carré s career as a spy novelist was of course inspired by his own time with the British Secret Intelligence Service during the Cold War I wrote my first three novels and by then I was saying goodbye to that world in my mind he said I thought that the secret world would get on very well without me and as a writer I knew that I had found the theatre that I wanted to write about Every writer sooner or later has to find his own playpen his own sandpit where he s going to write for the rest of his life There s no doubt that le Carré has

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/john-le-carres-last-interview-ever.html (2013-06-03)
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  • The Nelson Mandela Reading List | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    heard before Tonight Ideas will broadcast interviews with Nelson Mandela that were recorded in the 1990s for his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom Journalist and documentary producer Robin Benger obtained unique access to the tapes which were recorded by Richard Stengel a reporter who followed Mandela from 1992 to 1996 It will be the first time the recordings are broadcast at length The special program draws from 50 hours of recorded conversations with Mandela and the Ideas program will be the first broadcast of them in the world The full Ideas show airs at 9 p m ET 9 30 p m NT so be sure to tune in To honour his legacy we present a literary primer on the great Nelson Mandela Related links Listen to the Mandela Tapes Read producer Robin Benger s account of making The Mandela Tapes A timeline of the life and times of Nelson Mandela Twitter Facebook Goodreads Tweets by cbcbooks Most popular topics at CBC s Goodreads Group Curious what are you consuming at the moment 126 Reading Challenge for 2011 59 2008 Winner Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden 30 Resources for finding reading material 30 British Columbia 23 View more at

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/the-nelson-mandela-reading-list.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Scripps National Spelling Bee changes the rules | CBC Books | CBC Radio
    wrote a 2006 op ed in the New York Times calling for this change Brent also talked to 11 year old Scripps competitor Vanya Shivishankar for her take Emily Stagg was surprised when she heard the spelling bee had taken her up on her suggestion to include definitions in the competition but seven years after her op ed article was published she still stands by her comments In her op ed Stagg wrote that the power and prestige of the Scripps institution is not being used in the best possible way There s a lot of valid criticism about the meaning of the Bee and how helpful it can be for kids she said These are some of the best minds in middle schools across the country and why are they spending time memorizing the words if they don t know what they mean For Stagg these changes are also about modernizing What with technology going the direction it has knowing how to spell obscure words really has limited potential in the adult life but knowing definitions and etymology has meaning The emphasis on defining words shifts the studying process from simple memorization towards studying root words and the origins of language To many of the young spellers this is a huge change 11 year old Vanya Shivishankar is both excited and nervous about this year s competition When she first heard about the changes she was shocked but is now ready for the new challenge It does change the way I study for the competition because I study by understanding root words and when I understand those root words I understand the definition too But now with the vocabulary I have to pay a little more attention What do you think Is it too much to ask young spellers

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/05/the-definition-of-spelling-bee-changes.html (2013-06-03)
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