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New York Times Book News

Books of The Times: In Ian McEwan’s ‘The Children Act,’ Medicine Meets Religion
In Ian McEwan’s latest novel, “The Children Act,” a British judge is drawn into medical choices facing a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses.






‘War and Gold,’ by Kwasi Kwarteng
A historian examines the rise of the gold standard and the economies that have embraced and abandoned it.






Word of the Day

aleatory

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 14, 2014 is:

aleatory • \AY-lee-uh-tor-ee\  • adjective
: characterized by chance or random elements

Examples:
Tom and Renee's romance had an aleatory beginning—for without the sudden rainstorm that led to their introduction beneath the shop's awning, would they ever have met?

"Pollard had learned the 'cut-up' technique from Burroughs, in which the song (or poem) is completed, then spliced, then rearranged in random order. This writing technique is aleatory: in other words, it deposits chance directly into the creative process. What’s produced as a result of the technique is completely random …." — Brian Burlage, The Michigan Daily, July 30, 2014

Did you know?
If you're the gambling type, then chances are good you've come across aleatory in your travels. Deriving from the Latin noun alea, which refers to a kind of dice game, aleatory was first used in English in the late 17th century to describe things that are dependent on uncertain odds, much like a roll of the dice. The term now describes things that occur by sheer chance or accident, such as the unlucky bounce of a golf shot or the unusual shape of an ink blot. Going a bit further, the term aleatory music, or chance music, describes a musical composition in which certain parts are left for the performer to concoct through improvisation.