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War Veteran Wins Award for Book on Pros and Cons of Military Technology

Paul Scharre, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and current director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, wrote the nonfiction book Army of None, and it just won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby.


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According to US News, who announced this stunning development., the Colby prize is “given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont” and “is presented for a work of fiction or non-fiction about military history, intelligence operations or international affairs”.

Scharre’s work fit the bill quite perfect. The book aims to inform us, the public, of the benefits and the drawbacks against the growing technology used in the military with a focus on autonomous weapons.


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“The era of autonomous weapons has arrived,” the book’s description reads, and it leads to a million-and-three questions. What can they do? Have we tried to ban them? What has resulted from those bans? What are the legal issue surrounded their use? What about the ethical issues?

Paul Scharre’s book is comprehensive read that follows his investigation into autonomous weapons. It’s is a history book that spans back to World War II, a report that presents the facts as they exist today in our modern world, and gets philosophical with its legal and ethical questions.


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And who better to speak on these issues than Paul Scharre? A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He been on programs such as MSNBC to Fox News to CNN.

We congratulate him for his award and we invite you to read it, but we warn you it’s not an easy read.

Not because it utilizes complex and lofty language, but because, like it or not, the future is here.

For a supplementary material, there’s a video below:




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Glenn Close’s Empowering Golden Globes Speech Leaves Everyone in Tears

You can clearly see the shocking look on Glenn Close’s face when she wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for The Wife during Sunday night’s ceremony.



“Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’”


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This speech resonated so much with the women in the audience, like Caitriona Balfe, Michelle Yeoh, who were bawling. The 71-year-old actress shared that she learned from her mother, who could not fulfill her own goals:


“I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life, and in her 80s said to me, ‘I haven’t accomplished anything,’ she said about her mother who married eighteen-years-old and became the wife of a surgeon.


“And it was not right. You know when I was little, I felt like Muhammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress. I saw the early Disney films, and Hayley Mills, and I said, ‘I can do that,’ and here I am today. It would’ve been 45 years in September that I am a working actress and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life.”

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Toni Morrison to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Oprah Winfrey

Two cultural icons, Oprah Winfrey and Toni Morrison, will soon meet in honor of Morrison’s body of work. Morrison will be bestowed with The Center for Fiction’s  ‘Excellence in Fiction’ award, which Winfrey will present at the Center’s ceremony on December 11th.


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The Center for Fiction is “the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction.” The event is co-chaired by Lee Child and Michael Ondaatje, and will also honor Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group with the Maxwell Perkins Award.


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Oprah and Morrison have had a long-standing close relationship ever since Oprah produced and starred in a film adaptation of Morrison’s novel, Beloved, for which she received incredible praise.


An older photo (perhaps from the 90s) of Oprah and Toni side-hugging and smiling on a red carpet.

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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features Youngest Ever Shortlist Nominee

The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist was just announced celebrating six phenomenal authors around the world.


The authors included on the list derive from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The novels themselves are just as diverse, ranging from a lexicographer on the search to find her missing mother to a WW2 veteran with PTSD on the journey to find peace in a post-war paranoid America in a narrative that is reminiscent of a film noir. 


The shortlist was decided upon by a panel of five judges including philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer Jacqueline Rose, and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Appiah praised the novels as, “miracles of stylistic invention,” adding that the diverse novels share the exploration of pain in a fractured society but each offers glimpses of hope and triumph.


“These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure,” he wrote.


The list also features the youngest ever Booker shortlisted nominee, Daisy Johnson, for her novel Everything Under


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The shortlisted novels are:



Milkman by Anna Burns (United Kingdom)


Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)


Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (United Kingdom)


The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (United States of America)


The Overstory by Richard Powers (United States of America)


The Long Take by Robin Robertson (United Kingdom)



The winning novel included in the shortlist will be announced on October 16th. All six finalists will receive £2,500 each and a specially bound edition of their novel. The winner will receive an additional £50,000 and international recognition. 



Featured Image shows cover of Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Via Jonathan Cape imprint.


Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has removed famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from an award citing “expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values.” 



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The ALSC decided to change the name on Saturday, changing it from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.



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Historically, Wilder’s work was met with racially conscious criticism during the author’s lifetime. The books themselves were not written with people of color in mind and are filled with phrases that are unacceptable today. Wilder has apologized for her own work and amended a line in Little House on the Prairie that said Kansas had “no people, only Indians,” changing it to “no settlers, only Indians.” 


The ALSC’s decision to remove Wilder’s name from the award is not a call to censor or remove her books from shelves, but an acknowledgement of the fact that the Little House books are not for everyone, and never have been. The award will continue to highlight and award children’s literature, just without Wilder’s name and legacy attached to it.


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