Tech press: The 5 most exciting ways tech has revolutionized reading

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly a hundred years since the German press Albatross hit the bookselling jackpot by inventing the mass-market paperback. Yet today, in our interconnected world, even the humble pocket-sized softcover sometimes feels ungainly to the e-book aficionado.

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And size certainly counts for the tech-savvy reader: the average e-reader holds about 1500 books, but weighs considerably less than that tattered old copy of Anna Karenina you’ve had knocking about unread since college. With wifi and 3G downloads, battery-life to make the Duracell bunny droop, apps to let you read on your phone, and a growing library of available titles, there’s never been a better time in history to be a book lover.

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7 campy movies shot in the 1960s we love even more today

What makes a film “campy”? It can be an incredibly difficult quality to define. In his 1983 book Camp, Mark Booth defines it as “to present oneself as being committed to the marginal with a commitment greater than the marginal merits.” In other words, it’s making a grand attempt to create something mediocre. Key elements that might make something campy include artifice, extravagance, frivolity, passion, naivete and serious intent.

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Originating in gay subculture as a way to navigate oppressive environments, camp began to emerge in 60s cinema as audiences started turning from Hollywood films to more underground films. Camp started out as being unintentional, in which, as Susan Sontag puts it in her 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”, “the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails.” Soon after, filmmakers began creating deliberate camp that worked to subvert cultural norms and challenge the idea of what society deems “good”.

So grab some popcorn and join us as we share 7 of our favorite films from the decade that popularized camp. As Sontag once wrote, “it’s good because it’s awful”.

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Cheers to photography! The first ever photo of men drinking beers


We love photography and we love beer. Imagine our delight then when we stumbled across the first ever photo showing men doing what they love best, sharing a couple of bevies. Taken by the pioneering Scottish photographers, David Hill and Robert Adamson in Edinburgh in 1844, it came just five years after the first ever photo of a person was shot. And in case you’re wondering the beer they’re drinking is Edinburgh ale.
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