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When Dracula Author Bram Stoker Wrote a Gushing Fan Letter to Walt Whitman (1870)

Every artist starts out as a fan, and in general we see the marks of early fandom on their mature work. The best, after all—as figures from Igor Stravinsky to William Faulkner have remarked—steal without compunction, taking what they like from their heroes and making it their own. But what exactly, we might wonder, did Dracula author Bram Stoker steal from his literary hero, Walt Whitman? I leave it to you to read the 1897 Gothic novel that spawned innumerable undead franchises and fandoms next...
Tags: Google, College, Atlantic, Literature, Letters, Bram Stoker, Facebook Twitter, Dracula, Igor Stravinsky, Josh Jones, Whitman, National Endowment for the Humanities, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, Stoker, Durham NC Follow

Turns Out Walt Whitman Was Pretty Racist — Should He Be #Cancelled? (No, Here’s A Better Idea)

“Like many white intellectuals, Whitman seems to have been seduced by the proliferation of racist pseudo-science in the post-Civil War era, … [and his] racism was not limited to black people, but also extended to Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.” So should we put Whitman’s writing back on the shelf? Lavelle Porter argues that “there is no better place to look for nuanced critical engagement with Whitman’s complicated legacy than in the work of black intellectuals who have talked back to...
Tags: Art, People, Whitman, Walt Whitman, 04.17.19, Lavelle Porter

What nature is — according to philosopher Alan Watts

Alan Watts explores the arbitrary distinction between artificiality and what is considered natural. He lays out three unique ways of viewing the world through different world philosophies and sciences. Humanity is not a separate entity from nature, but an intellectual disconnect makes us feel that we are. A lot of times people talk about getting back to nature and connecting with something more primal and real. Often this evokes images of verdant forests, landscapes of unbounded "natural" scene...
Tags: Society, Nature, Innovation, Philosophy, Humanity, Watts, Whitman, Thoreau, Alan Watts, The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

"I live here in a ruin of debris—a ruin of ruins."

Said Walt Whitman, quoted in a NYRB article about "Walt Whitman Speaks: His Final Thoughts on Life, Writing, Spirituality, and the Promise of America." We have that quote and many others because a friend named Horace Traubel "transcrib[ed] in shorthand most of what Whitman said to him during the last years of his life... about five thousand pages...".... Traubel also sifted through the heap of manuscripts, letters, books, envelopes, magazines, and slips of paper strewn all over Whitman’s second-...
Tags: Law, Immigration, America, United States, Socialism, Rhetoric, Whitman, Walt Whitman, NYRB, Ann Althouse, Horace Traubel, Traubel, LSB- Larue, Smiling Whitman

CMU’s robotic arm attaches to a backpack to lend a helping hand

Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab is probably best known as the birthplace of the modular snake robot. Initially designed to squeeze into tight spots for search and rescue missions and infrastructure inspections, the lab’s snake robot has given rise to an army of different projects, and at least one Pittsburgh-area startup. Several years ago, the robot became modular, allowing engineers to mix and match pieces and replace malfunctioning segments. From those modules, the team of CMU students have...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, CMU, Whitman, Hebi, Biorobotics Lab, Julian Whitman

Streaming service Quibi snags Snap and Pandora vet Tom Conrad as Chief Product Officer

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s upcoming mobile streaming service Quibi had added another notable name to its roster of executive talent. The company announced it has hired Tom Conrad, previously VP of product at Snap (maker of Snapchat), and a co-creator of Pandora, where he served at Chief Technology Officer. At Quibi, Conrad will be Chief Product Officer, which will see him leading product, user research and customer support. The news of Conrad’s hire was first reported by Variety on Monday, which also ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Media, Reese Witherspoon, Tech, Snapchat, Pandora, Caa, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Evan Spiegel, Dc, Warner Bros, Talent, Nelson, Streaming Services, Cto

The Enduring Mystery of Walt Whitman’s Meditation on Love and Sexuality

Read an excerpt from a new edition of Whitman's poem cycle 'Live Oak, with Moss'
Tags: Books, News, Poetry, Uncategorized, Whitman, Walt Whitman

Internal documents show how a Silicon Valley giant planned on killing bad press over a disastrous $11 billion acquisition

Internal documents shown in court detail how Silicon Valley giant HP planned to publicise the bad news of its $8.8 billion writedown of Autonomy in 2012. The documents outline how HP wanted to minimise criticism of its then-CEO Meg Whitman over the issue, which triggered a 12.4% drop in share price. The "Project Sutton" strategy involved lobbying the UK's then-Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior British ministers, since Autonomy was the UK's biggest ever tech acquisition. The docu...
Tags: UK, London, Trends, Hp, David Cameron, George Osborne, Autonomy, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Labour Party, Mike Lynch, Lynch, Sutton, Sushovan Hussain, Hussain, Whitman

Software tycoon Mike Lynch shoots back at 'floundering' HP during its $5 billion fraud trial

Lawyers for former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch shot back at HP on Wednesday in a blockbuster $5 billion fraud trial. Lynch's lawyers described HP as "floundering" in the run-up to its $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. HP is suing Lynch and Autonomy's former CFO Sushovan Hussain for alleged fraud over the Autonomy deal in a civil trial in London's High Court. HP claims that Autonomy's former leadership misrepresented its accounts to make the firm look more valuable than it really was.   ...
Tags: UK, London, US, Trends, Hp, David Cameron, George Osborne, Cameron, Mike Lynch, Miles, Lynch, Sushovan Hussain, Robison, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Léo Apotheker

In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”Warren’s lofty rhetoric notwithstanding, a large portion of the Democratic party’s present animosity toward the ...
Tags: New York, News, Mississippi, California, Elizabeth Warren, America, Reagan, United States, Warren, Gore, Bush, Democratic Party, Electoral College, Whitman, Senate The Supreme Court, Electoral College Indeed

Know the Spot

The comfort of home waters for fly fishing companions   “I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked, I am mad for it to be in contact with me.” –Walt Whitman After the ragged edges of winter have worn smooth and spring begins to unfold along the Blue Ridge, it’s time for that first trip of the season to a favorite trout stream, a trip marked by enthusiastic anticipation and wary trepidation.  Glad to be back in that stream you know like an old friend but anxious...
Tags: Virginia, Environment, Water, Sport, Cycling, Poland, Keefe, Radford University, Blue Ridge, Whitman, Walt Whitman, Go Outside, Fly Fishing, James Keefe

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s streaming service Quibi is doing a show about Snapchat’s founding

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman today announced a slate of new series and projects heading to their forthcoming video streaming service, Quibi. The list includes an origin story to complement Telemundo’s hit show “El Señor de los Cielos;” a music competition show produced by Justin Bieber manager and entertainment exec Scooter Braun; a show from Jennifer Lopez’ company about the power of giving and paying it forward; as well something called “Frat Boy Genius,” which will focus on the rise of ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Media, Stanford, Disney, Snapchat, Netflix, Mtv, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Evan Spiegel, Kobe Bryant, Streaming Video

Area colleges: UCR baseball shows Cal Baptist their ‘rivalry’ really isn’t

UC Riverside baseball coach Troy Percival dismissed the crosstown rivalry aspect of the weekend series with Cal Baptist University. His CBU counterpart, Gary Adcock, didn’t dismiss, but put in perspective the Lancers’ 9-0 start. Neither, however, dismissed the role the fifth inning of the first game played in last Sunday’s doubleheader sweep by the Highlanders. For lost in the three home runs by CBU’s Ryan Mota, the clutch hitting by UCR’s Dylan Orick and Yeager Taylor, the Highlanders’ first se...
Tags: Texas, Sports, Sport, Cms, Soccer, College sports, Ncaa, Tigers, Fort Worth, Cal State Fullerton, Jacksonville, Whitman College, Mitchell, Ncaa Tournament, Thompson, San Marcos

Who is an influencer?

Here are some truths we need to grapple with in today’s economy: Consumers trust word of mouth recommendations from family and friends more than advertising Consumers trust recommendations from perfect strangers more than advertising Anyone can create a position of authority and attract a community if they demonstrate expertise, credibility and consistently produce content to keep that audience engaged All of those truths have led to the popularity and effectiveness of influencer marketing. I...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, Humphrey Bogart, Chesterfield, Branding, Whitman, Claudette Colbert, Mischa Pollack, Drunk Tech Review, Alexandra Lerner

Katie Peterson's Playlist for Her Poetry Collection "A Piece of Good News"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Katie Peterson's A Piece of Good News is an evocative and often startling poetry collection. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "In the fourth collection from Peterson, a typica...
Tags: Music, California, Massachusetts, George Harrison, Pete Seeger, Barack Obama, David, Dolly Parton, Rosetta, Ikea, Jesus, Honda, Shakespeare, North Carolina, Joni Mitchell, Richard

Eyes in the sky: Edison is using this tech to sound the alarm about wildfires

Just three months before the Holy Fire broke out last summer, new high definition cameras were installed atop Santiago Peak as part of a joint venture between Southern California Edison and the University of California San Diego to assist first responders and protect lives and property. Although the Holy Fire burned 23,000 acres and destroyed 18 structures mostly in Trabuco Canyon, nearby communities of Corona and Lake Elsinore were spared. You could say the camera system — which now covers five...
Tags: National Weather Service, News, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, Wildfires, Santiago, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Local News, Orange County, University Of California San Diego, Southern California, Brady, Edison, Russell


((This was first posted back in August 2010> I found the graves a bit later and will repostthat story next. I  also have found some new information about the house which I will write a new post about.))Now that I'm in better shape and the same true for Ping the Wondercar,I decided to try to get out of the apartment more on my days off and dosome genealogy legwork. Today's inaugural adventure was a trip downto West Bridgewater to try to find some of my ancestors' final restingplaces. I'd made a u...
Tags: Genealogy, Cvs, Family History, Keith, Bill West, Whitman, Howard St, James Keith, West Bridgewater, Canoe Club, East Bridgewater, Keith Family, Keith James Rev, Bridgewater Historical Society, River St, River St crossedthe bridge

The CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise tells us why the company is 'under-appreciated' and how it can beat Amazon in a market that's bigger than cloud computing (HPE)

Earlier in February, Antonio Neri celebrated the one-year anniversary of his ascension to CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, replacing prominent industry figure Meg Whitman. In October, HPE reported 7% revenue growth for its fiscal year from the year-ago period, and recently announced a new round of dividends. Neri first joined HP in 1995 in customer support, and worked his way up the ladder. He says that HPE's competitive advantages are its legacy of innovation and the quality of its culture...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Cisco, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Hewlett Packard, Aruba Networks, Amazon Web Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Chuck Robbins, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Neri, Amazon Web Services Microsoft, Meg Whitman HPE

Amy Klobuchar hears America singing.

She's getting snow covered and quoting Walt Whitman as she announces her candidacy...The event is over now, so I've taken down the link to the live feed. I didn't get to hear much of the speech, but the heavy snowfall was a fantastic touch. Loved it. And loved the quoting of Whitman. She recited the first line of the poem that I'll reprint in full:I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his ...
Tags: Law, America, Snow, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Bezos, Whitman, Walt Whitman, Ann Althouse, Whitman She

Former Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is leaving the company's board of directors (HPE)

Meg Whitman will not stand for reelection to the board of directors at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).  This marks Whitman's final departure from HPE, a company she helped create after presiding over the splitting of Hewlett Packard in 2015.  Whitman stepped down as HPE CEO in early 2018 and is now CEO of video startup Quibi. HPE announced that Jean Hobby, most recently of PricewaterhouseCoopers, will join its board. Meg Whitman will not stand for reelection to the board of directors at Hew...
Tags: Hollywood, China, Trends, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hewlett Packard, Meg, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE, HPE, Antonio Neri, Patricia Russo, Quibi, Quibi HPE

Former CEO Meg Whitman is leaving Hewlett Packard Enterprise's board of directors (HPE)

Meg Whitman will not stand for re-election for the board of directors at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  This marks the final departure of Whitman from HPE, a company she helped create after presiding over the splitting of Hewlett Packard in 2015.  Whitman stepped down as HPE CEO in early 2018, and is now CEO of video startup Quibi. HPE announced that Jean Hobby, most recently of PricewaterhouseCoopers, will join its board. Meg Whitman will not stand for re-election to the board of directors at ...
Tags: Hollywood, Trends, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hewlett Packard, Meg, Marie Kondo, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Whitman, Meg Whitman, HPE, Antonio Neri, Pat Russo, Quibi, Quibi HPE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise the company

HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will pay a $25 million settlement to salespeople who sued over messed up pay (HP, HPE)

After a nine-year court battle that began years before Hewlett Packard split into two companies, HP salespeople that sued the company are expecting to receive thousands of dollars in settlement fees. The salespeople sued, claiming that HP's computer systems weren't tracking commissions properly and they weren't getting paid in a timely manner. Complaints about pay for salespeople dragged on for years, long after the company split. In 2017, an HP executive apologized to salespeople about the on...
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Essay: Virginia Woolf? Snob! Richard Wright? Sexist! Dostoyevsky? Anti-Semite!

How should we read great literature from the past whose moral blind spots offend us?
Tags: News, Anti-semitism, Virginia Woolf, Hemingway, Edith, Ernest, Dostoyevsky, Forster, Wharton, Walt, Whitman, Fyodor, Books and Literature, Writing and Writers, E M, The House of Mirth (Book

James Bond and Oompa Loompas take slot players into different worlds at Southern California casinos

The chimes and clangs of slot machines greet all patrons on a casino floor, but it’s becoming more likely that they’ll hear some familiar pop culture references, too, whether it’s James Bond’s quippy one-liners or a chorus of Oompa Loompas dishing out sweets and bonuses. Pop culture slots are not new to the gaming world, but plenty of movies are getting new life not as Netflix reboots, but as high-tech slot machines with plenty of bells and whistles and video clips featured in the gameplay. The ...
Tags: New York, Movies, Casinos, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, James Bond, Marilyn Monroe, Daniel Craig, Sony Pictures, Farmer, MMA, Casino, Montenegro, Alex Rodriguez

Christmas presents saved after fire hits 3-family home

WHITMAN, Mass. (AP) — Three families are homeless after a Christmas Eve fire struck a triple-decker home in Whitman, but firefighters were able to save at least some holiday cheer for the residents. Fire Chief Timothy Grenno says after firefighters put out the blaze on Monday night they re-entered the building and removed already wrapped […]
Tags: News, Nation, Whitman, Timothy Grenno

Paper chase: When Walt Whitman Was Dying, It Was Front-Page News — for Months

After the beloved poet caught a chill in December 1891, The Times kept a literary bedside vigil until his death on March 26, 1892.
Tags: News, Times, Walt, Whitman, Walt Whitman, Books and Literature, Poetry and Poets, Leaves of Grass (Book

Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her” according to an announcement from Katz...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Verizon, Business, Hbo, Hollywood, Instagram, Disney, Tech, Model, Artificial Intelligence, Broadband, Netflix, Telecommunications, AT&T

Katzenberg’s Quibi Lines Up New Projects With Catherine Hardwicke, Stephen Curry

Quibi, the upcoming short-form video service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and former HP CEO Meg Whitman, is getting two shows from Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media as well as director Catherine Hardwicke. Katzenberg and Whitman announced the new projects at Variety’s Innovate conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, where the duo also shared some additional details on […]
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Stephen Curry, Variety, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Jeff Katzenberg, Quibi, Catherine Hardwicke Stephen Curry, Catherine Hardwicke Katzenberg

Spotify Alums Create Canopy App Offering Recommendations Without Stealing Your Data

Two Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else. The Brooklyn based startup Canopy's app uses on-device machine learning to understand what each user likes, so that it can offer recommendations.  All personal data stays on their phone.  Canopy doesn’t see per...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, App, Brooklyn, Streaming, Canopy, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Bruce Houghton, Whitman, Music Publishing, Brian Whitman, Startups & Funding, Spotify Netflix Facebook

Ex-Coal Lobbyist Wheeler Gets Trump Greenlight As Permanent EPA Chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump’s nod Friday for the permanent job. Trump made the announcement in passing at a White House ceremony for Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees. Singling out Cabinet members in the audience at the ceremony, Trump got to Wheeler and said, “acting administrator, who I will tell you i...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Ap, Wheeler, Epa, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, George W Bush, Delaware, Trump, Andrew, Richard Nixon, Pruitt