Medium: Celebrity Oxford Comma.
Entertaining. I use it without thought.
The Luminous Endowment.
The Luminous Landscape looks to give back. With some help. Great idea.
ArtDaily: Calligraphers cry foul as Vatican shuts down scrollmakers amid reports of fakes.
“Instead of being made by hand, the parchments will be computer prints produced by the Vatican’s Office of Papal Charities ...” Oh, bad form. Especially now that letterpress is having a nice renaissance. Pope’s on the wrong side of this issue.
Poets & Writers: Typewriters in the 21st Century.
“The USB Typewriter is a kit of electronica that, when installed on a typewriter, sends whatever is typed on the machine to an attached digital device—a computer, tablet, or smartphone—where it is stored as electronic, and thus editable and uploadable, text. The converted typewriter still works on its own, in the traditional fashion, with or without a device attached.”
The Millions: Garrets Etc.
“Most writers, unless they’re lucky enough to have an ideal place in which to work, make do with the best space available.” In my case, my own head (heh).
Italian Ways: Pinocchio and uncle Attilio’s murals.
NPR Interview: Molly Guptill Manning, Author Of ‘When Books Went To War’.
Inside Higher Ed: Princeton U. Press launches open, all-digital version of Einstein Papers Project.
“The launch of the Digital Einstein Papers includes more than 5,000 documents that span the first 44 years of Albert Einstein’s life. As the organizations collaborating on the project—the California Institute of Technology (the project’s home), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (which houses the Albert Einstein Archives) and Princeton University Press—work to sort through tens of thousands of articles and letters, the website will grow to one day feature what the publisher said may be the first free digital collection of a prominent scientist’s complete works.” Yay, PU Press!
Guardian.UK: Lorca mystery may soon be solved but much of Spain’s past remains buried.
begins its weeping.
It is useless
to hush it.
to hush it.
NY Times: Is Our Art Equal to the Challenges of Our Times?
Later: Sorry about the overdramatic quotes (removed). Triple-tasking today. But y’all knew that.
NY Times Sunday Book Review: Greil Marcus’s ‘History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten
CJR: The Texas school board isn’t as powerful as you think.
“‘They [dm! note: speaking about journalists] — how should I say this — they don’t look at the story real closely.’ If they did, they would see that Texas schools do not have to use the textbooks that the board approves. In 2011, a new state law made it possible for school districts to use textbooks that are not on the board-approved list. Many (though not most) districts are already reveling in their newfound flexibility.” I suspected, given the rise of e-texts and other modernizing/computerizing influences, that Texas was ripe for disruption.
Extra good point about certain political groups fanning the flames to increase donations.
CosmosUp: Is the Wormhole in ‘Interstellar’ Possible?
Oh lordy. Scroll down a little. See the problem? It’s an artist’s representation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama, not a ‘wormhole.’ Folks who haven’t read the sci-fi canon ... that action puts this RSS source on my ‘probation’ list.
The Book of Life.
I point you to the “What is it” page. Better to just dip your toes in, on the main page (click the logo top-left).
Guardian.UK: Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards - ‘Books aren’t just commodities’.
Winter is coming? “... we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality.”
Guardian.UK: Shakespeare First Folio found in French library.
“One of the most interesting things about the book is that the Henry IV play has clearly been performed because there are notes and directions on the pages that we believe date from around the time the book was produced.” Now that’s cool.
NPR: ‘Paper Love’ - Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn’t Escape WWII With ‘Everyone’.
PS Mag: The Long War Between Highbrow and Lowbrow.
“Shakespeare was The Avengers of the 19th century. To say that Shakespeare was The Avengers, though, is to say, in part, that Shakespeare was not high culture at all. Instead, Shakespeare was popular culture — and treated as such.”
Italian Ways: Genius unnoticed – the Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum in Parcines.
Science of Us: How Much Can You Really Change After 30?
“It’s not that personality is fixed and can’t change. [snip] But it’s relatively stable and consistent. What you see at 35, 40 is what you’re going to see at 85, 90.” Note in particular what they say about newborns; I reference Hillman’s “acorn theory.” When you have a child you’re not so much creating a personality, as revealing it.
OpenCulture: The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations.
Fun, but he conflates Zen and Taoism, as many in the West do. The story of the farmer is straight from Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi). Better to get it from the original, from one of my favorite books. [Caveat: Published by the Princeton University Press, when my best friend was an editor there.]
Yahoo News/AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found.
Written by Neal Cassady. “The letter is so good, and you see why these guys loved him. [snip] The writing, it just breathes off the page.” I think we all want to take a gander at this one.
The Believer/Logger: How Writers Read (Vol. 1).
Hmmm. Off on a bit of a tangent, I was just commenting the other day how modern fiction is filthy with description. Classics are spare; they rely on imagination or reader-knowledge of the situations and locations of which they speak. Today, novelists give us painfully detailed description of things that have no bearing on the plot. I’m not sure if it is pointing to a lack of imagination in the reading public, or simply the plethora of bad ‘how to write’ books. Nevertheless, I keep turning from the modern to the ancient for my reading materials. Top of mind, after my latest library run ...
Telegraph.UK: Neil Gaiman - Why Disney’s Sleeping Beauty doesn’t work.
“The point about Snow White is that you can keep fighting. The point about Snow White is that even when those who are meant to love you put you in an intolerable situation, you can run away, you can make friends, you can cope. And that message [he says with a smile of satisfaction] that even when all is at its darkest, you can think your way out of trouble – is huge.”
zenhabits: Writer as Coder - The Iterative Way to Write a Book.
Feedback as you go. Not a bad idea.