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Review: Kai-Fu Lee’s ‘AI Superpowers’ unpacks artificial intelligence

When a band of prominent business people are endorsing a book that dissects artificial intelligence, there is no doubt that it is a must-read. The director of AI research at Facebook, the CEOs of Microsoft, Salesforce and O’Reilly media, and the former CEO of Apple have all publicly affirmed Kai-Fu …

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Review: Lucie Greene’s ‘Silicon States’ falls flat in its attempt to explain the problems with big tech

Within the first chapter of “Silicon States,” author Lucie Greene sets herself up as a journalist who is in the business of predicting the future, and, in particular, the way that tech is going to inevitably destroy the lives of the future generations. “Silicon States” is a non-fiction book that …

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Review: Former FBI director James Comey profiles leadership in ‘A Higher Loyalty’

“A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey is a memoir spanning from Comey’s childhood to his days post-FBI. Detractors believe it to be a book based on bashing Donald Trump, because of his abrupt firing of Comey in May last year. But it is more about leadership, more specifically how to …

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Review: Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’ shows the struggle and beauty of maturing through education

“Educated” by Tara Westover is a riveting memoir that brings up hard topics that are important to consider for everyone, but in particular, college students. The book, a coming of age story, captures Westover’s life as she slowly grows out of her radicalized Mormon upbringing. She does so through means …

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Review: Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover Lorena Hickok makes Amy Bloom’s historical fiction book ‘White Houses’ come to life

I don’t often read historical fiction. I would rather know the truth about an event that happened or be lost in a world that never existed. But I loved Amy Bloom’s “White Houses,” which follows the romance between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok (whose friends call her …

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Opening of MoPOP exhibit ‘Marvel: Universe of Superheroes’ marks a new era for Marvel comics

Throughout the last decade, Marvel Studios has produced 18 feature-length films, six Netflix television series and three ABC television series. With characters such as Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Panther as its guides, Marvel has revolutionized the media industry, according to University of Oregon professor of English and Comic Studies, …

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Author Jonathan Franzen visits campus, talks fiction writing and bird watching as part of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series

Jonathan Franzen, acclaimed author of novels such as “The Corrections” and “Freedom,” visited the University of Oregon Thursday night as part of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series. After a brief introduction from UO professor David Li, Franzen read from one of his essays, gave some thoughts on novel writing and …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2017

Every year features both great and disappointing art, so Emerald arts writers decided to kick off the best of season with releases that fell flat. These aren’t the worst releases of 2017, but instead, the things that we were excited for that didn’t live up to expectations or didn’t even …

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Euzine Comics & Zine Fest features a variety of independent artists

A large amount of foot traffic came through the Broadway Commerce Center in downtown Eugene for the second annual Euzine Comics & Zine Fest last Saturday. The event featured independent artists tabling a variety of work, which included everything from handmade comics to short-run booklets of poetry and prose. The …

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Review: Rupi Kaur’s ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ simplifies the human experience

Rupi Kaur tackles universal issues and simplifies the human experience in her poetry. The instapoet’s success is attributed in large to her social media presence. Kaur’s condensed poetry seems to parallel Instagram’s ability to condense our world into a three by six-inch screen. Her work details immense heartbreak in quick …

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Review: In “Big Little Lies,” kindergarten parents might be just as unruly as their kids

In any elementary school, the over-involved, clingy parents are easy to spot. They’re signing up for the PTA, organizing a fundraiser of some sort, or notifying everyone of their child’s serious nut allergy. Pirriwee Public School is riddled with such parents; however, amid affluence, entitlement and tightly-held secrets, what was …

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Review: ‘The Reducetarian Solution’ gives readers a diet with less meat

Author Brian Kateman has a new diet that aims to improve people’s health and cut resource consumption. “The Reducetarian Solution: How the Surprisingly Simple Act of Reducing the Amount of Meat in Your Diet Can Transform Your Health and the Planet” is his first book since co-founding the non-profit Reducetarian Foundation …

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Kesey Square: How an author is transforming his city

Kesey On the corner of East Broadway and Willamette Street in downtown Eugene, four bronze sculptures portray acclaimed novelist Ken Kesey sitting on a bench reading to three children. Kesey, who grew up in Springfield and attended the University of Oregon, remains an iconic symbol of Eugene: His renowned literary …

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Things to do this week: Jean-Luc Ponty, Travis Scott, 2nd Annual Invitational Brew Fest

Thursday, June 1: Jean-Luc Ponty at The Shedd Institute (E Broadway & High St.), 7:30 p.m., $39-$45 Jean-Luc Ponty’s prolific 60-year career has made him a pioneer in the world of jazz fusion. With his virtuosic grasp of the elusive jazz violin, Ponty has catapulted himself among names like Frank Zappa, …

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Grad Guide 2017: Notable UO alumni

In honor of the upcoming graduation ceremony, the Emerald has a complied a list of notable University of Oregon graduates.  Randy Shilts (1951-1994): After working at the Daily Emerald as an award-winning managing editor, Shilts came out as gay and began lifelong work as a social justice journalist. While he struggled to …

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YA author Renee Watson to speak about concepts of home at EMU on May 23

Author and performer Renee Watson writes for a young adult audience, especially children in marginalized groups because she wants to help them process trauma. Watson’s two YA books, “This Side of Home” and “Piecing Me Together,” explore racial tensions and concepts such as gentrification in a way that helps her …

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Comedian W. Kamau Bell brings his political humor to the Hult Center on Friday

W. Kamau Bell has a lot to say. Take the title of his new book for example (it’s a mouthful): “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.” Bell, who …

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Things to do this week: May 18-24: JSMA book sale, Nike wear test, National Geographic photo exhibit, Chris Orsinger Trio, Bark in the Park

Friday, May 19: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Book Sale at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Museum Store, (1430 Johnson Lane), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. The JSMA is holding its annual book sale this weekend. It runs during museum hours Friday through Sunday and will feature books related …

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Things to do this week: May 4-10: Matt De la Pena, Twilight track meet, food festival, HOPS at Falling Sky, herbalism project

Thursday, May 4: “From Struggling Reader to Best-Selling Author” at 156 Straub Hall (UO campus), 5:30 p.m., free and open to the public Young-adult fiction author Matt De la Pena will be speaking about creative writing and literature as part of a day-long event for the department of education studies. …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Family reunion edition

In this special family reunion edition of the Emerald Recommends series, Emerald writers Emerson Malone and Sararosa Davies are joined by a very special guest: Sararosa’s mom! Here’s what we recommend in this episode: ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ by Diet Cig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by …

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Review: ‘Small Great Things’ is an uncomfortably introspective look at racism in America

New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Picoult does not mess around. Preceding election day by nearly a month, the author published a complex and insightful novel titled “Small Great Things” on Oct. 6, 2016. In a country where division is at an all-time high and hate is spewing in every …

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Video: Tereso Cobian draws comics

If you’ve ever wanted to see Spiderman smoke a bong and flip off the Green Goblin, then “Private Posse” just might be the comic book for you. Former UO student Tereso Cobian has spent that last few years writing and illustrating his own comic book currently on sale at The …

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Franz Nicolay: Author, musician and “Professional Traveler”

On Friday, Jan. 13, author, musician and “professional traveler” Franz Nicolay will speak with fellow author Cari Luna at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Nicolay is best known as the sharply-dressed multi-instrumentalist for bands such as The Hold Steady, The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Against Me!, but he recently …

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Emerald Recommends: The best books of 2016

As college students, it’s tough to find spare time to read for pleasure between homework, midterms and term papers. The Emerald has enlisted its writers to recommend their favorite books they managed to read released in 2016. But What If We’re Wrong? By Chuck Klosterman Chuck Klosterman is the type of person who …

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Emerald Recommends: Last minute gift ideas for your parents

Update: 3:05 p.m. More last minute gift ideas have been added to the list. Let’s face it: our parents do a lot for us. In addition to being the reason we are in this world at all, our parents spent years loving us unconditionally, providing a home, feeding us, doing our …

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Emerald Recommends: Books to comfort you

The weeks leading up to finals can be very stressful. With tests and essays on the horizon, it’s important to practice self care at times like these. Why not escape the crazy stressful world of college for a moment with a book? These picks by Emerald writers Sararosa Davies and Patience …

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Four poems to read on Halloween instead of “The Raven”

It’s time to do something scary for Halloween. Read. Instead of watching a horror movie or searching for clowns, read some poetry. There are plenty of poems and books out there that can send chills down your spine beside Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Skip your old stuffy literature class …

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Ten seconds with Springsteen: Inside the ‘Born To Run’ meet and greet at Powell’s

I’m prone to injuring myself in stupid ways. In eighth grade I tried to make a half court shot in basketball without warming up in 54 degree weather and, unsurprisingly, threw my back out and lost a bet. During a high school tennis match, I once hit myself in the …

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Review: ‘Your Song Changed My Life’ by Bob Boilen

In his book Your Song Changed My Life, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen has a simple inquiry for the musicians whom he interviews: what is a musical experience you’ve had that fundamentally changed your life? Boilen’s book is a great compendium of essays, almost all of which offer poignant insight into …

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UO psych graduates team up for children’s novella ‘Down the Manhole’

Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, a pair of University of Oregon students have taken their love for these tales and created an adventure of their own: Down The Manhole, a story of bunnies and psychology. Cesare B. Bisbocci and Louis Cicalese, two UO psychology students from …

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