Times Square in 1964, slick with rain and beautifully iridescent, from National Geographic (via a post on a new book about New York City trash collection in Collectors’ Weekly).
Renowned cryptographer believes his ‘Blackphone’ can stop the NSA
Revelations about how insecure our communications are have been a daily fixture of the news cycle recently, and it’s in this climate that a pair of companies are combining tolaunch a new smartphone focused on privacy. The Blackphone will run a “security-oriented” version of Android named PrivatOS, which the companies say will allow users to securely place and receive phone calls, text messages, video chat, transfer and store files, and “anonymize your activity” through a VPN.
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Mansfield Hotel, NY
In this fantastic interview from a 1976 press conference for his final film ‘Family Plot,’ Alfred Hitchcock responds to a range of serious and comical questions about his career, his filmmaking style, story, and directing. The event was chaired by film critic Richard Schickel.
For more, see our archive under the tag, “Alfred Hitchcock.”
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For ten years, I’ve been singing the praises of Out on Blue Six, Ian McDonald’s 1989 science fiction novel that defies description and beggars the imagination. It’s been out of print for decades, but it’s back in ebook form, and I was honored to be asked by McDonald to write the introduction for the new edition. Ian’s given me permission to reproduce that intro in full — as you’ll read, this book is one of those once-in-a-generation, brain-melting flashes of brilliance that makes you fall in love with a writer’s work forever.Welcome, lucky reader, to a glad moment in literary history: the republication of Ian McDonald’s magnificent 1989 novel “Out on Blue Six,” a book I’ve read dozens of times, and by which I am still awed and delighted.
Reading Chekhov, I felt not happy, exactly, but as close to happiness as I knew I was likely to come. And it occurred to me that this was the pleasure and mystery of reading, as well as the answer to those who say that books will disappear. For now, books are still the best way of taking great art and its consolations along with us on a bus.
—Francine Prose; Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (via wordpainting)