Best-selling author Helen Fielding will be bringing back her Bridget Jones character in a third book due out in November, her publisher Knopf announced. However, the “singleton” obsessed with tallying her nicotine and alcohol intake may be a thing of the past.
“My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on, too,” said Fielding in a press release. Before The Atlantic forced us to consider whether women could have it all, Bridget Jones, unhappy at work and in love, was trying to have something — anything at all. Her confessional style — standing in as an exaggerated avatar of Fielding, perhaps — presaged the openness of the blog era. Bridget Jones, once a revolutionary for asking questions no one else would, now feels like a face in the crowd.
Fielding, who has been married and divorced, has experienced many changes since “Bridget Jones’s Diary” began its life as a series of newspaper columns in the 1990s. We don’t know what’s happened to Bridget, but it’s a safe guess that she has likely quit smoking.
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In “Avatar,” James Cameron envisaged an alien moon supporting life. Now, scientists believe such a scenario is as likely as life on another planet, writes Robin McKie. The inhabitants of Pandora, in James Cameron’s science-fiction epic Avatar, were a remarkable lot. Blue-skinned…
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World of Warcraft (wallpaper)A Chinese man hired experienced gamers to kill his son’s avatar in a desperate attempt to stop his gaming addiction and make him find a job.Mr. Feng chose a peculiar way to handle his son`s gaming addiction. He hired game professionals to kill his son’s persona over and over again until he lost interest in the games, Chinese People’s Daily Online reports.The younger Feng started playing online games while at school, but his father was not concerned as his academic performance was not affected and his son still received good grades.However, sometime later the son’s keen interest in online gaming began to worry F
eng, who saw it as the main reason the 23-year-old could not find a job.Sometime later the young gamer, puzzled by his constant failures in the game he thought he had mastered, eventually asked the virtual “assassins” why they had been hunting for him, only to find out they had been sent by his father.But in a revealing conversation, the gamer told his father that it was not games preventing him from starting a job, but rather his ongoing search for himself.”I can play or I can not play, it doesn’t bother me. I’m not looking for any job — I want to take some time to find one that suits me,” popular videogames news website Kotaku.com quoted him as saying.Feng was reportedly relieved by his son’s honesty, however it is not known if he called off the assassins. Internet addiction is a growing concern for Chinese authorities. In 2007 the government launched a nationwide campaign against the epidemic. Some clinics were using electroshock therapy to fight the affliction, but it was banned in 2009. There are currently eight federally-funded in-patient rehabilitation clinics across the country. … Read More
Moons like the one depicted in the film Avatar may be among the most common places to find alien life, scientists believe.
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“Waiting for the Barbarians,” Daniel Mendelsohn’s new collection of criticism (much of it originally published in the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker), testifies to the author’s wide-ranging and omnivorous tastes. With his background as a classicist and his track record as a one-time weekly reviewer for New York magazine, he’s as authoritative (and as happy) writing about Herodotus and “Avatar,” pop culture’s fascination with the Titanic and Susan Sontag, Noël Coward and Jonathan Franzen. There could be no better partner for a conversation about the surprisingly tumultuous arguments about the state of book reviewing in 2012.Our theme is the year in criticism, and there’s plenty to talk about, but first I have to express my astonishment over what we didn’t see this year: I can’t recall any memoir being exposed as partly or wholly fictional!I know! It’s very disappointing. There was a while there when it seemed like every time you opened a newspaper there was a new one. There was the girl in L.A. who said she grew up in a gang when she really went to a prep school, and the lady who fled the Nazis and went running with the wolves. I’ve decided that the phony memoir is my favorite genre.Continue Reading… … Read More
“Swan Lake” (image from www.mariinsky.ru)Ballet and film normally share little common ground, but two art gurus – the man behind “Avatar” James Cameron and the Mariinsky Theatre’s artistic director Valery Gergiev – have teamed up to work on a 3D version of “Swan Lake”.“We have had extensive talks with James Cameron and his tea
m to consider what we can learn from famous films like Avatar,” one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, Russia’s Gergiev told the Independent.“They have the experience, talent and expertise. There is no team in the world that knows better how to work in a 3D environment in an opera house where you cannot stop the performance once the music has started,” he explained.“The cinemas will bring thousands of people together,” the 59-year-old conductor added.Earlier this month it was announced that Gergiev has earned a ‘best performance’ Grammy nomination for Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances for both himself and the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he is Principal Conductor. According to online studies of UK classical music, the indefatigable Gergiev was apparently the busiest conductor of 2010, performing 88 concerts in America and Europe over the course of the year.His new tour de force with Cameron will be broadcast from the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg live into cinemas across the world on February 14. … Read More
Twitter has suspended the NYT On It account after the New York Times filed a complaint. The popular Twitter account had over 20,000 followers and mocked Times lifestyle stories with tweets like, “GUYS, teenagers are big fans of caffeinated drinks, and The Times is ON IT.” Benjamin Kabak, who runs NYT On It, said that the suspension came after the newspaper objected to the account’s use of a modified New York Times logo as its avatar. He has filed an appeal, writing, “I say fair use. Right now, I’m waiting for Twitter to process my request to fix the problem so I can get the account reenabled. But feel free to spread the word over how the country’s largest newspaper feels threatened by a small Twitter account right now.” Read More…
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