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Weekly Round-up: Book Ban, Emily Books, Rob Ford, Kim Philby, Gay Marriage, and VR

The Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Round-up, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. “Matthew Taylor: ‘Carol Ann Duffy takes on prison book ban with Pentonville protest’” , The Guardian: The poet laureate and other notable artists, writers, and actors have joined human rights campaigners to staged a poetry/fiction reading at Pentonville prison drawing attention to and protesting a ban on prisoners being sent books (and other items) that has been in place since November.

2. “Ruth Curry: ‘What Seems To Be the Problem Here?’” , n+1r: The story behind the online, feminist bookshop––Emily Books––Amazon and the new biography of Jeff Bezos, The Everything Store.

3. “Ivor Tossoll: ‘The Story behind the Rob Ford Story’” , The Walrus: For those of you who have been following the story of the embattled Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, here is and intelligent piece about how a Supreme Court (of Canada) ruling changed the way journalists can cover politics.

4. “William Boyd: ‘how did a privileged young Englishman become a national traitor?’” , New Statesman: William Boyd’s review of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, Ben Macintyre look at Kim Philby and the Cambridge Spies.

5. “” , The Montreal Gazette: As England and Wales celebrates the first day of gay marriages, the POP TART columnist looks back at ten years of gay marriages in Quebec.

6. “Sean Hollister: ‘Sony vs. Facebook: the battle for your reality has just begun’” , The Verge: With Facebook spending $2 billion to purchase the Kickstarter-funded Oculus virtual reality start-up and Sony introducing its own in-house-designed VR system, Project Morpheus, Sean Hollister takes a look at the new VR reality and its implications.

 

If you would like to suggest a link, please email laura.ludtke[at]st-annes.ox.ac.ukThe Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Round-up, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.