Guardian.UK: Navigating 18th-century science—Board of Longitude archive digitised.
BBC: WWII bomber poet David Raikes is finally laid to rest.
Seeing this, I have hopes my still-missing Naval aviator uncle will eventually be found.
NY Times: This Detective Novel’s Story Doesn’t Add Up.
A pseudonym becomes a vehicle for real feedback.
Uphill All the Way: The Fortunes of Progressivism, 1919-1929.
Businessweek/Bloomberg: Barnes & Noble Edges Toward Breakup as CEO Quits Amid Losses.
Better to change it up now, than die a slow death.
NPR Interview: Richard Russo, Author Of ‘Nate In Venice’.
“But artistically it’s also been interesting too because, you know, part of my doubts about electronic publishing has always been that will you get really good editorial advice? But I found myself working with a very talented editor who was every bit as demanding and scrupulous as I’ve been fortunate enough to work with all along.” However, for most self-publishers, the editing is the weak point. One needs to RECOGNIZE that they need professional editing. It polishes the apple … sometimes, just sometimes, making the apple out of whole cloth, too.
Telegraph.UK: Penguin and Random House complete merger.
Upset at Penguin? Set up your own imprint. Easy enough to do with self-publishing now.
NY Times: Actors Today Don’t Just Read for the Part. Reading IS the Part.
“Now, Ms. Kellgren, who refers to herself as an audiobook narrator instead of an actress, can command as much as $450 for each finished hour of narration and can be picky about the work.” Dang, I’ll read books out loud for that price.
WaPo: Civil War historian makes Gettysburg his focus and his home.
Article ends too abruptly. I’ll have to search out his books.
Atlantic: The Humanist Message Hidden Amid the Violence of One Thousand and One Nights.
What I find, as I continue to plow through various versions of One Thousand and One Nights, is the simple brilliance of Shahrazad’s construction of a verbal house of cards. She starts one story, builds another story inside it, and another inside that, and you have to get to the penultimate story before you can start moving through all the previous half-finished narratives. No wonder Shahrayar was ensnared in her verbal narratives.
Newsweek/Daily Beast: Sorry, We’re Not Living in Orwell’s ‘1984’.
“The rule here is simple: If you are invoking 1984 in a country in which 1984 is available for purchase and can be freely deployed as a rhetorical device, you likely don’t understand the point of 1984.”
Guardian.UK: James Davies’s top 10 psychiatry critiques.
Wrong. They’re OK, but this is the bar. Hillman and Ventura rip the industry apart. For instance, where is simply helping a patient move from an anxiety-ridden urban environment to a rural environment mentioned as a cure in the DSM books? That and more. Highly recommended.
Wired: New DRM Will Change the Words in Your E-Book.
NPR: What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out.
Best observation in the article: “Reading leads to reading.”
Pacific Standard: Study—Reading Fiction Makes People Comfortable With Ambiguity.
The study? OK. The post-study ‘jumping-to-conclusions’ part … well … test for it, rather than tossing it out there.
Open Culture: Listen to T.S. Eliot Recite His Late Masterpiece, the Four Quartets.
This makes me chuckle. We had a teacher’s assistant in high school bring in an LP record of Eliot (much older than in this recording) reciting “Love Song”. He was SO excited about it; we students were, as you can imagine, decidely not. I can still do the imitations we came up with … “I grow mold, I grow mold … wheeze … I will wear my fungus rolled.” Terrible thing to do to a great artist, really. But fun.
Daily Beast: Will the HBO Series Catch Up to George R.R. Martin’s Books?
Nothing encourages fast writing (or terrific writer’s block) like a few million people breathing down your neck.
PaidContent: Nook takes aim at Kindle Singles with original content for Nook Snaps.
“Nook is commissioning some of the Nook Snaps, and, like Kindle Singles, will also accept unsolicited submissions — they’ll be launching a submissions box ‘shortly,’ B&N VP of digital content Theresa Horner told me.”
Observer.UK: Margaret Atwood—doyenne of digital-savvy authors.
“The Booker prizewinner, who has more than 400,000 Twitter followers, gets stuck into every technological initiative going, from co-writing a zombie novel with Naomi Alderman on Wattpad to changing the way artists interact with their fans online through her new company Fanado. Anyone who’s familiar with Atwood’s work won’t be surprised by her openness to change, but her zeal is astounding.”
Guardian.UK: AM Homes wins women’s prize for fiction.
On my list to read.
NY Times: Does Great Literature Make Us Better People?
“Everything depends in the end on whether we can find direct, causal evidence: we need to show that exposure to literature itself makes some sort of positive difference to the people we end up being.” I detect similar morals and ethics more often in those who have done similar reading to my own.
ArtDaily: Franklin’s lost expedition comes alive at auction.
“Several Franklin search expeditions became well known in their own right. The McClure Arctic expedition of 1850 is distinguished as the voyage during which Robert McClure became the first person to confirm and transit the Northwest Passage by a combination of sea travel and brutal sledging.” I’m sure their hands froze to th’ riggin’ …
flickr: vintage zim field guides.
These gave me an immediate flashback to my childhood.
CNet: Amazon’s Kindle Worlds will pay writers to write fan fiction.
Amaon continues to broaden their reach.
Later: ‘A moan.’ As in, that should be ‘Amazon’ above. Thanks, Bill. I’m havin’ one o’ those days.
Guardian.UK: Timbuktu’s literary gems face Islamists and decay in fight for survival.
“We are all Muslims, and in Timbuktu our practical version of Islam has existed for centuries. [snip] But they practise an archaic Islam and do not consider these writings as the authentic Qur’an because they cover not only religion but science, astronomy, history and literature. That’s their ideology and we don’t support it.”