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Wednesday News: Amazon’s endgame, creativity considered, Rowling’s new Galbraith mystery, and Candy Crush tries to crush its competition

Wednesday News: Amazon’s endgame, creativity considered, Rowling’s new Galbraith mystery, and...

Bezos originally thought of calling his company—that U.R.L. still takes you to Amazon’s site—before adopting the name of the world’s largest river by volume. (If Bezos were a reader of classic American fiction, he might have hit upon Amazon’s shape-shifting, engulfing quality, its tentacles extending in all directions, makes it unusual even in the tech industry, where rapid growth, not profitability, is the measure of success. Amazon is not just the “Everything Store,” to quote the title of Brad Stone’s rich chronicle of Bezos and his company; it’s more like the Everything. What remains constant is ambition, and the search for new things to be ambitious about. –The New Yorker

“A lot of times ideas will turn up when you’re doing something else. And, most of all, ideas come from confluence — they come from two things flowing together. They come, essentially, from daydreaming.” –Brain Pickings

Ransom alleges that King purchased the rights to a game called Candy Crusher, which allows them to challenge his own trademark containing Candy. According to the US Patent office, the Candy Crusher trademark is still held by Harrier Software, but this could be referring to a separate filing. Ransom provides a link to his own trademark opposition paperwork, which have gone back and forth with King, for the past year. –Gamespot

Friday News: Rowling to pen Hogwart’s screenplay; Holy Crap method of selection; Mark Twain on writing

Friday News: Rowling to pen Hogwart’s screenplay; Holy Crap method of...

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.” Inside Movies |

It’s interesting because I actually see a lot of indie authors writing these types of books from Heat by RL Smith (aliens coming down and harvesting dopamine from humans) to teacher student love in which the teacher isn’t portrayed as a predator but a loving alpha male being the right parental figure for a virginal 17 year old in and out bed to the priest turned truck driver rapist to the depressed wife who has a great and loving husband but decides to cheat on him with a younger man. Those books seem like HOLY CRAP books to me. Certainly Elite by Rachel Van Dyken with her tiny college owned by a mafia don full of uniformed students and bells falls under the HOLY CRAP standard. Is that the standard we should use to pick for reviewing? CHRISTOPHER R. BEHA

Mark Twain pondering at desk

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

Not every book is for every reader. Azevedo’s Reviews

I’ll leave you with this video. It’s not Porn. It’s HBO.