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The Atlantic: Saving Paris’s Oldest Bookstore.

“This month, the Librairie Delamain’s lease is up for renewal by the Qatari company Constellation Hotel Holdings, which owns the block-wide property that also houses the soon-to-be-renovated Hôtel du Louvre. The company plans to double the bookstore’s rent to 100,000 euros per year—nearly a tenth of their annual revenue. With already slim margins, the shop would be forced to shut down or abandon the storefront where it has been since 1906 (the business itself dates to 1700).

09/30/14 • 12:32 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Amtrak: Meet the 24 Writers Selected for the Amtrak Residency Program.

Hmmm. Seems they went for established voices; I would have taken a chance with nascent writers (of all age groups).

09/25/14 • 01:48 PM • ArtsBooks • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Metafilter: “remove line breaks? where have you been all my life!”

Welcome to TextMechanic.com!

09/18/14 • 09:06 AM • BooksProgrammingSoftwareWeblogs • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

InspirationFeed: 20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing.

Don’t use words unless you know what they mean.” @^#$@$%^@

09/17/14 • 11:38 AM • ArtsBooksWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Natty Bumppo, Soviet Folk Hero.

This took the top of my head off. Incredible.

09/15/14 • 07:15 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPoliticsTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly.

There’s absolutely no reason an e-book couldn’t display complex formatting, other than because of cheap-to-produce maximize-profit laziness. This is where Apple’s book offerings can be better.

09/15/14 • 07:15 PM • ArtsBooksDesignGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Writing Advice from D. H. Lawrence at 21.

Things which are obvious are worth no more than a mention. If you cannot tell people of something they have not seen, or have not thought, it is hardly worthwhile to write at all. Try and study people, and the living soul which is the essence of mankind. If you have externals, they must represent something.

09/12/14 • 09:38 AM • ArtsBooksHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.

Every white American male under the age of 50 is some version of the character he plays on “Louie,” a show almost entirely devoted to the absurdity of being a pale, doughy heterosexual man with children in a post-patriarchal age. Or, if you prefer, a loser.”  AO Scott rips out a doozy. Tangentially, I’ll also mention that A&E reportedly not only dropped “Longmire” because they didn’t own the franchise, but because the fans were too old. God forbid you should have a plot that plays out over months and is delightfully unpredictable, even if you’ve read the novels. Then again, the fault may be worse than simply an inability to mature ... it may reside in the fact we don’t read at all {link via Euan Semple on FB}.

Later: If you want a book that embodies the ‘adulthood’ points mentioned by the author above, you might wish to try Daniel Martin, by John Fowles. An incredibly rich book. Discussing this tome is the first time I ever described prose as ‘loamy’. I’m still learning how to write from it. Try the library first though, see if you like it. Definite difference from YA-style modern novels.

09/11/14 • 02:38 PM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wikipedia - use of the term ‘Shipping’ (fandom).

I ran across this a while ago in a discussion about a book series; a term I hadn’t heard at the time. Thought others might appreciate the clue.

09/11/14 • 10:34 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Rumpus/book review: Flight 232.

When the aircraft hit, it hit hard, and those unsecured babies and toddlers were thrown all over the cabin.  Few of these lap children made it out alive. It would be a wonderful observance of the anniversary of the crash if the FAA would require all passengers to have seats, and would protect people without discrimination based on age.

09/11/14 • 10:01 AM • BooksChildhoodTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: Why Walking Helps Us Think.

Joyce and Woolf were writers who transformed the quicksilver of consciousness into paper and ink. To accomplish this, they sent characters on walks about town. As Mrs. Dalloway walks, she does not merely perceive the city around her. Rather, she dips in and out of her past, remolding London into a highly textured mental landscape, ‘making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh.’

09/10/14 • 05:36 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Reading insecurity - The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deep

“You should take a 20-second screen break if you’ve been gazing into your computer, smart phone, iPad, or e-reader for more than a half hour. I’ll wait. It’s OK if you don’t come back—we both know by now that most people won’t finish this article. If you do return, though, I’d like to bring up something that has been bothering me: reading insecurity.

09/10/14 • 09:57 AM • ArtsBooksComputingPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Observer.UK: Sam Shepard - ‘America is on its way out as a culture’.

Detroit’s a great example. All of those cities that used to be something. If you go to a truck stop in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, you’ll probably see the face of America. How desperate we are. Really desperate. Just raw.”  Great interview, the whole thing. Take the time to parse it.

09/10/14 • 09:56 AM • ArtsBooksSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Roads & Kingdoms: In the Blood.

More Dracula.

09/05/14 • 07:52 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FFFFOUND!: Spoof of classic O’Reilly geek book cover.

Hilarious. Warning: some may find it offensive.

09/03/14 • 01:27 PM • ArtsBooksGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Leafnote review - Focus on writing, not on how to use the app.

Smells like Scrivener ‘lite.’

08/28/14 • 11:31 AM • AppleArtsBooksDesignSoftware • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Retronaut: Posters from the Spanish Civil War.

Get yer Robert Jordan on.

08/28/14 • 10:35 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely

Noted, bookmarked.

08/26/14 • 11:32 AM • BooksHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: What Makes a Classic Endure?

Manzoni famously announced that The Betrothed would reach only “twenty-five readers,” yet his book became a national treasure. Its inability to attract a non-Italian audience isn’t the result of its artistic shortcomings, but of the nature of its questions and themes, which simply don’t appeal to a contemporary audience.” Cross-culture is why our movies are getting dumbed-down into action flicks, with no emotional nuance.

08/26/14 • 11:18 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vulture: Is It Possible to Even Imagine Utopia Anymore?

Hmmm. After reading Howey’s Wool, dystopian novels just ain’t the same.  Where can one go, after such a tour de force?

08/25/14 • 11:35 AM • ArtsBooks • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Calibre 2.0 is available.

Own your ebooks.

08/22/14 • 12:33 PM • BooksSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: What We See When We Read.

Really interesting thought experiment.

08/20/14 • 10:26 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: Practical Art - On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing.

Harrumph. Go, have remarkable experiences. That’s most important. After your experiences, take a break, pull out daybook, write. Get home, see what sticks in your memory, start writing in earnest. Enthusiasm greases the pencil better than anything else. Creative writing is fun, don’t let anyone or any curriculum ruin it for you.

Please note my use of ‘remarkable.’ Some days, just putting a foot out of bed can be an adventure worth relating.

08/20/14 • 09:58 AM • ArtsBooksPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ABC News: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memoir to Give Gritty View of Prairie Life.

The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk off whiskey.” My gracious.

08/20/14 • 09:46 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bookanista: Here be sea monsters.

All of them seem to have had breasts, however, by all accounts quite remarkable breasts, though some allowance must be made for the inevitable inventions of lonely sailors.” 

08/20/14 • 09:42 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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