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The Smart Set: The Art of the Paragraph.

There are pretty much only two ways to vary your paragraphs. The first is length. [snip] The second – and in my view the far more interesting lever – is to change the way you build sentences into paragraphs, and the way you move from paragraph to paragraph. How many sentences are there per paragraph, and what links the sentences?” Would that mastering the paragraph could prove the difference between popularity and obscurity ...

04/30/15 • 07:08 PM • ArtsBooks • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide.

These techniques are actually much more effective and widespread than this article would have you believe. I’m reading a book right now that’s peeling my eyelids off with revelations about how I’ve been played over the years. I’m only partway into the book now, but I already think it should be on every high school reading list. We have automatic reactions to stimuli that salespeople know, and we don’t. I don’t want to spoil it now; I’ll do a longer post when I’m finished with the tome.

04/29/15 • 02:06 PM • BooksEconomicsHome & LivingPsychology • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Open Culture: 110 Drawings and Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Of Middle-Earth and Beyond.

Smaug was more of the classic fashion than Glaurung. Goggles are so out, dude.

04/29/15 • 01:17 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: What’s So Great About Young Writers?

“Perhaps I’ll be accused of sour grapes, but thankfully I have reached a point at which I care less about what people think. Partly, that is one of the true joys of middle age, and partly the Internet has taught us, if nothing else beyond the infinite appeal of cats, that someone will always think you’re being a jerk, so you may as well say what’s on your mind. Here’s what’s on my mind: Age-based awards are outdated and discriminatory, even if unintentionally so. Emerging writers are emerging writers.” Among younger writers, I find more of the particular malady, “we don’t know what we don’t know.” Likely because I am no longer a younger writer.

04/27/15 • 12:00 PM • ArtsBooksScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Romanticizing the Reader.

No, writers aren’t always their books, but many are.

04/27/15 • 09:58 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New York Review of Books: Sensual Sappho.

Did art shape life? Or are such sensations the universal experience of erotically fixated individuals, which would mean that lived experience had been recorded with uncanny realism in Sappho’s art?

04/24/15 • 03:25 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Variety: ‘The Little Prince’ Trailer Unveiled for Cannes.

I actually love that they linked it to ‘helicopter parenting’. With that one choice, it’s perfection. That will date the movie someday (I hope), but not eliminate its relevance.

Here’s to you, Saint-Ex.

04/20/15 • 06:12 PM • ArtsBooksChildhoodEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Morning News: Binge Reading Disorder.

The typical American consumes more than 100,000 words a day, and remembers none of them. When everybody’s reading, but nobody’s smarter, what value has the word?” Personally, I don’t speed-read. I deep-read. If it’s not going to ‘stick’, I usually don’t bother. I just started ‘Outlander’ (I was curious). It may go into my ‘abandoned’ list. “The stone screamed ... (extensive snip) ... it was the sort of scream you might expect from a stone.” Really? Seriously? I expect the TV show is better? I’ll soldier on, however. Paid for it. Might as well bull through to see if it picks up. I hear more and more people discussing the show, so I feel I need to know something about it for my own adaptation to culture.

04/17/15 • 01:07 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Wordsworth’s Most Famous Poem Turns 200.

I am sure it is a great poem [snip] but every ten-year-old Indian is tortured and tormented by [it]... As a kid I remember I had to memorize pages dissecting this poem, but one question always remained — What the hell is a daffodil? No Indian kid ever laid eyes on that flower.”  Pffft.

04/16/15 • 05:34 PM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CityLab: An Interactive Map of Shakespeare’s London.


04/15/15 • 10:30 AM • ArtsBooksDesignHistoryProgramming • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A.

Other realities conspire to make the M.F.A. one of the fastest growing graduate degrees. Among them: the pervasiveness of digital media and celebrity culture, where anyone with a blog feels like a best-selling novelist-in-waiting; the rise of memoirs, a natural extension of the online selfie writing culture; the popularity of magical realism and noir fiction novels, which have turned many 20-somethings on to literature; and changes in generational attitudes, aspirations and culture.

04/14/15 • 01:34 PM • ArtsBooksEconomicsHome & LivingScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Take the Little Black Classics for a spin.

80 books for 80p each.” Interesting, yet slightly maddening, interface.

04/14/15 • 11:44 AM • ArtsBooksConsumptionHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Günter Grass has passed away.

To approach a fair representation of his obituaries, here’s one from Haaretz, another from Deutsche Welle; tempered by an excerpt from The Tin Drum. I’ll leave the judgments to others.

04/13/15 • 10:39 AM • BooksHistoryHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

terribleminds: I Gotcher Blog-Writin’ Advice Right Here.

One of the most recent posts is a promise to post more posts, to blog more blogs, to blargh more blarghs, and that post was three years ago. Two rats chew on a third rat. The ground is salted and dead.” All the uses of the word “blog” made me grab an entire package of toilet paper, in case the blogs leaked out of my monitor.

04/07/15 • 12:17 PM • ArtsBooksPsychologyWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Casual Optimist: Book Covers of Note April 2015.

Some eyecatchers.

04/07/15 • 10:59 AM • ArtsBooksDesign • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Spectator.UK: Stolen kisses & naked girls - much to wonder about in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

Shades of photographer David Hamilton (I won’t link; NSFW, perhaps distasteful to many).

04/03/15 • 11:32 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodPhotographyPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Electric Literature and Catapult.co Launch New Series of Writing Workshops and Classes.

MFA grads are welcome; so are MBA-holders/chefs/road workers/violinists/underwater basket weavers. Whether you’re polishing up your third novel, preparing work for submissions to journals or graduate programs, or are simply interested in finessing your craft, you’re welcome to join us.” You need to be in NYC or environs, however.

04/02/15 • 10:51 AM • ArtsBooksInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: The Art of Fiction No. 21, Ernest Hemingway.

I always rewrite each day up to the point where I stopped. When it is all finished, naturally you go over it. You get another chance to correct and rewrite when someone else types it, and you see it clean in type. The last chance is in the proofs. You’re grateful for these different chances.

03/31/15 • 11:53 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.

“The perfect life does not and never will exist, and to assert otherwise perpetuates a pernicious fantasy: that it’s possible to live without regrets. Every important choice has benefits and its deficits.

03/31/15 • 09:38 AM • BooksGeneralHome & LivingPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Bookseller: Median author advance under £6,600.

~$9,700. Our culture still loves the archetype of the ‘starving artist.’ Rice and beans, that.

03/31/15 • 09:26 AM • ArtsBooksEconomicsHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons.

Crayons for the win? If you like this, may also be interested in Zentangling, a bit more meditative.

03/30/15 • 10:21 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodConsumptionPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Bound to please - book-making machines star at French fair.

Forget 3D printing for the moment. Is this a paradigm-breaker?

03/24/15 • 10:56 AM • ArtsBooksComputingHardware • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Collectors Weekly: Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating Wor

Surprising, how much of this I already knew just from reading James Clavell’s Shogun.

03/23/15 • 01:42 PM • ArtsBooksDesignHistoryHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: Umberto Eco’s How To Write a Thesis.

... even plagiarizing a thesis requires an intelligent research effort.

03/23/15 • 09:44 AM • BooksScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium: How Terry Brooks Saved Epic Fantasy.

Not quite. I was a big fantasy guy, and I couldn’t stomach Shannara. Cloyingly copied from Tolkein; the cover was so cutesy, we fantasy-buffs couldn’t stand to be seen with it. I got caught up in a darker series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the original trilogy, rather than Shannara. After Covenant depressed the hell out of me, I dove into Moorcock and The Eternal Champion. In other words, spare me the Brooks encomiums. Fantasy was not a wasteland in the 60’s or 70’s.

03/19/15 • 01:57 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPersonal • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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