Wired.UK: Wikipedia could become 1,193,014 page book.
I approve. It will outlast electronic storage media. Now, how much longer would it be if they included the edits (which would be of immense value to future historians)?
Youtube/SoLost: The Most Beautiful Books.
Hey, you get to see Craig Jensen, one of our illustrious former ETP’ers [‘Booknotes’]. His work is surpassingly excellent. Great interview, Craig! “Thank goodness human beings make art!”
ArtDaily: Cuba makes Ernest Hemingway trove available to the JFK Library & Museum.
Hemingway fans in the Northeast should take this one in.
Rope of Silicon: First Look at Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ in Olympic Trailer.
Quarterly Conversation: The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio
Review of a new and exciting translation. “… Rebhorn is the first Boccaccio translator in 300 years to understand so clearly that the main thing being celebrated amidst all these fevered couplings is ‘intelligence in all its forms.’” On my list. Thank you, wood s lot.
NPR: Don’t Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau.
Yeah, well. Thoreau built his Walden Pond cabin a mile away from Emerson’s house, on Emerson’s land ... less than two miles from his Momma’s house (his Momma did his laundry). That’s roughing it, for sure.
TerribleMinds: Self-Publishing Truism Bingo.
The Observer.UK: The beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn’t dead.
Today In Literature: Kurt Vonnegut - ‘So It Goes’
“On the evening of this day in 1945, British and U.S. air forces began the 48-hour bombing of Dresden, Germany. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is the most famous fictional record of what resulted — a firestorm that destroyed 85% of the ‘Florence by the Elbe’ and killed upwards of 135,000 people, most of them civilians and POWs.”
The Atlantic: Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators.
“… first, I put it off for two or three weeks. Then I sit down to write. That’s when I get up and go clean the garage. After that, I go upstairs, and then I come back downstairs and complain to my wife for a couple of hours. Finally, but only after a couple more days have passed and I’m really freaking out about missing my deadline, I ultimately sit down and write.”
SF Chronicle: Write like Hemingway? There’s an app for that.
Oh, cool. Gotta try it.
“Morning arrived with the abruptness of flipping on a spotlight. The piñon trees brushed loud in anticipation of the warmth. Birds, ignoring the sounds of nearby traffic, chirped and flitted through the dense sage.
Grunting with brief effort, pulling on clothes, I venture outdoors to thaw the birdbaths …”
I only had one adverb. Apparently I’m already Hemingway-esque.
Open Culture An Online Gallery of 30,000 Items from The British Library.
Leonardo and Wolfgang Amadeus, included.
BuzzFeed Style Guide.
Interesting. Mostly common sense.
NY Times: Impatience Has Its Reward - Books Are Rolled Out Faster.
Pacific Standard: You’re Missing Out on Great Literature.
Decided it would be easier to learn French than to wait for the rest of Jean Giono’s works to be translated.
Shatzkin Files: Sony exits and the ebook business loses an original player.
Penguin Books reveals new design for Pelican Books.
Hopefully a better reception than ‘Flappy Birds.’
New Statesman: The lady vanishes - what happens to the women forgotten by literary history?
“Behind most great male authors, there is a chief muse and bottle washer; a one-woman literary agency.” Great read; recommended.
Paris Review: The Habits of Highly Erotic People.
“Finally, the cultural historian suggested that French men could be encouraged to help out more with household tasks, with an important caveat: ‘Egalitarianism is wonderful in the kitchen but boring in the bedroom.’” Depends on what you do with the dishsoap suds.
Guardian.UK: Jane Austen fragment found - but what’s behind it?
A little humidity, and the scrap may perhaps peel off to reveal an original bit of writing, rather than this copied-over bit.
Book Riot: Teddy Roosevelt’s 10 Rules for Reading.
Nice. Didn’t need the inter-rule ‘clarification’, IMHO.
The Brander: February.
Enjoy the whole thing.
GoodMenProject: I Lived a Day According to Ben Franklin’s Schedule and It Changed My Life.
Franklin’s list was pretty sparse, really. Opportunity for a seriously huge number of interpretations.
Open Culture: David Foster Wallace’s Lists of His Favorite Words.
Because, when you get right down to it, all us bloggers love words.
HistoriAnn: I think I’m a little bit in love.
On the failures of ebooks in classrooms: “‘Wait, I’m out of juice, I have to find a plug.’ ‘What page is that on? My Kindle has different pages, so I can’t find the passage we’re talking about.’”