Nudging the Lexicon

GMAIL’S “SMART REPLY” FEATURE OFFERS three options in a choose-your-own-adventure game at the bottom of received emails: “Got it.” “Got it, thanks!” and “Looks good!” are common choices. Sometimes the suggested responses are lightly ridiculous. An “I love you” email can prompt “It works!”—perhaps an overcorrection from an early bug when the algorithm was saying “I love […]

Literary ambition. Fabulous parties. A hidden past. Who is Anna March? – Los Angeles Times

She threw a welcome party for herself at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, a beautiful old building with black and white marble, Alice-in-Wonderland floors. The guests, more than 400 of L.A.’s literati: authors, editors, publishers, book reviewers, literary agents, the local independent presses. Anna March whisked in and out, a flash of pink […]

‘Harry Potter’ fanfiction author of ‘My Immortal’ reveals her identity – INSIDER

Harry Potter and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance are two touchstones for “Tara Gilesbie,” the invented author of the fanfiction “My Immortal.” Warner Bros.; Kevin Winter/Getty Images The INSIDER Summary: The authorship of a so-bad-it’s-good “Harry Potter” fanfiction called “My Immortal” has been an internet mystery for a decade. The author, Rose Christo, is […]

A close reading of Equifax’s statement about its data breach.

  Just a little data breach affecting 143 million U.S. consumersweerapatkiatdumrong/Thinkstock On July 29 the credit reporting agency Equifax discovered that someone had accessed enormous amounts of the information that it held. This Thursday—more than a month later—Equifax released a statement announcing the breach and the company’s planned response. As is so often the case […]

eyes I dare not meet in dreams |

Undead girls begin re-entering the world of the living, emerging from refrigerators.   The staring. A leaf alone in the horrible leaves. The dead girl. The staring. —Joshua Beckman, “[The dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett]” At 2:25 a.m. on a quiet Friday night on a deserted country road in southeastern Pennsylvania, the first dead […]