Friday News: Galaxy Note recall, NBA long lists, banned books scavenger hunt, and The Little Virtues
How Samsung Botched Its Galaxy Note 7 Recall – By now you’ve probably heard that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a mandatory recall on all Galaxy Note 7 phones, after 92 reports of overheated batteries (including 26 instances of human burns). However, apparently the recall was delayed due to a lack of coordination between the CPSC and Samsung (which is being blamed on Samsung for attempting to oversee the recall on their own). So now there appears to be a lot of Chicken Little speculation about the future of Samsung’s reliability and trustworthiness in the U.S. market.
Samsung launched its top-of-the-line Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Aug. 19, bringing it to market just ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7. Two weeks later, it was forced to launch the global recall because of faulty batteries that could explode while charging
In announcing the recall, however, experts say, the South Korean company neglected to first coordinate with safety authorities in the U.S. According to U.S. law, the CPSC must be notified within 24 hours after a safety risk has been identified, and recall announcements are generally then carried out jointly. – Wall Street Journal
Colson Whitehead, John Lewis, Rita Dove Among National Book Award Nominees – So all of the National Book Award nominee lists have now been released, with fiction coming last, of course. This NPR piece has all of the lists, so you do not have to consult multiple pages. This short piece from The Atlantic provides a few more details on the nominated books and authors. Which of the nominated works of fiction have you read? What was left off the list?
Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special
Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You
Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone
Paulette Jiles, News of the World
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen
Lydia Millet, Sweet Lamb of Heaven
Brad Watson, Miss Jane
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn
In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary ‘Smut’ – This can’t be the first time this idea has been tried, can it? Very smart. People look for black and white covers that bear the rationale for the proposed banning, and the process not only gets more people engaged in the event itself (Banned Books Week begins on September 25th and lasts through the rest of the month), but also provides them with the opportunity to really think about how books are being judged and labeled. Can we do this everywhere?
Every year, libraries around the country observe Banned Books Week, to remind the public that even well known and much loved books can be the targets of censorship. This year, Washington, D.C.’s public library came up with a clever idea to focus attention on the issue: a banned books scavenger hunt.
Now, readers are stalking local shops, cafes and bookstores looking for copies of books that are hidden behind distinctive black and white covers. There is no title on the cover, just a phrase — such as FILTHY, TRASHY or PROFANE — which describes the reason why some people wanted the book banned. – NPR
THE BOOK THAT TAUGHT ME WHAT I WANT TO TEACH MY DAUGHTER – The recent discussion about Phillip Pullman and the nature of children’s fiction past and present made me think of this essay by Belle Boggs on Natalia Ginzburg’s book The Little Virtues, which engaged her more than most of the parenting books competing for the attention and attachment of new mothers, especially. After having collected many children’s books she wanted to read to her daughter (including Eloise, Goodnight Moon, and Mouse Soup), Boggs discovered Ginzburg’s essays and found herself engaged in Ginzburg’s own life, as well as the life she wished to create for her children.
“The Little Virtues” is a slim volume of essays, a little more than a hundred pages altogether, which she wrote and first published between 1944 and 1962. . . . The title essay considers what we should teach children—“not the little virtues but the great ones,” according to Ginzburg. “Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth; not tact but love for one’s neighbor and self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.” . . .
That’s the main difference, I suppose, between Ginzburg and some of today’s most prominent parenting-advice-givers. Ginzburg, who authored twelve books and two plays; who, because of anti-Semitic laws, sometimes couldn’t publish under her own name; who raised five children and lost her husband to Fascist torture; who was elected to the Italian parliament as an independent in her late sixties—this woman does not take her present conditions as a given. She asks us to fight back against them, to be brave and resolute. She instructs us to ask for better, for ourselves and for our children.
I find her inspiring. I find my daughter inspiring, too—this tiny but fearless being who leaps so confidently from those stacks of giant quarters, sure that however she lands, it will be O.K. It’s my job to keep her feet dry, Ginzburg reminds me, because “perhaps even for learning to walk in worn-out shoes, it is as well to have dry, warm feet when we are children.” What road will she walk down? I can’t know, not yet. – The New Yorker