NPR: ‘Bloom County’ And Opus The Penguin Return After A 25-Year Hiatus.
If you’ve loved Bloom County, and even if you’ve loved To Kill A Mockingbird, you’ve got to listen to this.
ItalianWays: Saints on citrus fruit wrappers - the beauty of good.
Um ... no relation to ‘be fruitful and multiply’?
liber.io: Liberio is shutting down.
They were a service for rendering Google Docs into ebooks. Shame. Build a plugin for Scrivener?
ArtDaily: Rome’s Spanish Steps closed for Bulgari-funded makeover.
Speaking of which, ArtDaily as a source is getting pretty horrible. The ads. I need to find a new source for the same sort of articles. One can occasionally stand a stinking outhouse in a crisis, but on a daily basis ...
Aeon: How rivalry propels creative genius.
Again, true. Your bitterest enemy, your harshest critic, are your best creative fonts. My stutter challenged me throughout school, driving my writing and thinking further than they would ever go otherwise. So for the yearbook, I chose the quote: “Believe me, a thousand friends suffice thee not. In a single enemy, thou hast more than enough.” - Ali Ben Abi Taleb.
Italian Ways: The Ribaudo family grave in Staglieno’s Cemetery, and a song by Joy Division.
I do so admire grave statuary. Fascinating how people wish to render eternal sleep. The beauty, the tragedy ...
OpenCulture: 20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered in Iraq, Adding New Details.
Boss. I still suspect we’ll learn more of early Bible tales, in the archaeology of Iraq.
The Millions: The Mind Behind the Page - On Writing What I Don’t Know.
“Novels should not be read as memoir. Still, whether the novelist writes what she knows or what she imagines, her words can conjure a realer reality, one more potent and less illusory than our present distraction.” I don’t necessarily agree. Leaving sci-fi and fantasy to the side (because this question is moot - they can never actually experience their fiction) ... if you read a contemporary book about the West, it never can compare to the descriptions in a Zane Grey. Yet I would have had to have lived here to appreciate the difference. Back East, I’d never have realized.
You know instantly who’s actually experienced the environment, the people. A better question might be, given the same subject matter, which author writes the better book - the one with the direct experience, or the one with imagination?
The imagination could make for a richer book.
I think too much.
ArtDaily: Rare antique arcade and gambling machines up for bid.
Entertaining to try and guess ... what are we looking at every day, that in 20 years will be a valuable collectable?
William Reichard: Wandering, truant.
ArtDaily: “Martin Boyce: When Now is Night”
Some art just escapes me.
Italian Ways: The Hendrik Christian Andersen House-Museum in Rome.
NPR: Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway - ‘Goddess’ Chronicles A Fabled Life.
“Australian young adult author Kelly Gardiner has written her first novel for grownups about a character who seems to leave no adult passion untested.” I’ll have to give it a try, to judge whether YA to regular novel is a good path for young authors.
Chris Woodside: Libertarians on the Prairie.
A friend from Princeton High School has authored a book about the realities of the Laura Ingalls Wilder saga. Rises to the top of my hardback purchase list!
WilliamReichard: Excellent read about the nature of theater.
Will asks the question. I answer: Reading may be solitary, but it makes me better when involved in community. My reading drove my imagination as a child, causing me to break boundaries and become a more complete individual. After a spin in the pages of a novel, I return to society seeing the same-olds through new lenses.
DP Review: Can the iPad Pro be a serious editing tool for imaging professionals?
“Despite being a much more powerful device than other models in the iPad line-up, with the software that is currently available the iPad Pro remains an additional tool for specific tasks in your editing workflow, but not the centerpiece.” My italic emphasis.
NY Times/In Performance: Juliette Binoche.
Antigone. Still lovely.
Hyperallergic: A Petition to Stop “Irresponsible” Restoration of Chartres Cathedral.
Comparison photos ... ? Concerning.
Two books on the history of ‘the Castrati’. I cross my legs and move on ...
Guardian.UK: Shady dealings of William Shakespeare’s father ‘helped to fund son’s
There seem to be two tracks on ol’ Shakes. One is doing serious research, the other is expending efforts to deny his existence.
HarperCollins: “Colons, commas, periods, and capital letters ...
FishbowlNY: Santa Fe Journalist Penned Her Own Obituary.
NY Times: The Plot Twist - E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead.
“Sales of dedicated e-reading devices have plunged as consumers migrated to tablets and smartphones.” I predicted this in ‘13 ... dedicated reading devices were a temporary form factor.
FastCoDesign: How Pantone Became The Definitive Language Of Color.
“The Pantone of today started as a graphic standards system for professional designers in 1963 but has morphed into a global design force starting in the 2000s due in part to calculated marketing efforts and initiatives. It’s not just about the Pantone Matching System (PMS for short); it’s the Color of The Year, the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone hotels, Pantone cafes, Pantone mugs, Pantone iPhone keyboards, Pantone lipstick, and tie-ins to the movie industry.”