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Archive for December, 2010

Going back to the typewriter

Icon Written by Alex on December 17, 2010 – 11:30 am

And, while I loathe discussing anyone’s writing process, I am having a rejuvenated relationship with my Smith Corona SCM 210 as I begin a new book and it’s exciting. I’ve had this hulking “portable” for about thirty years, through high school and college and in Chicago, DC, Hartford … you name it, it’s one of the very few things I’ve always lugged along. For the last decade or so it has sat idly by as I went of and spent time with an IBM ThinkPad, then a crappy HP laptop, and now two shimmery, silvery Apple MacBooks. And while I have written most of my books on computers, there is something lacking in the physical reality of that.

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Ads in E-Books: A Good Idea Has a Chance

Icon Written by Alex on December 13, 2010 – 10:10 am

The idea to place advertising in books or “near” books is long overdue to make books a potent entertainment and viable choice so they can compete fairly with movies, TV, magazines, and the Internet. This article in the WSJ takes a look at how digital readers might open that door. “…The marketing world is drawing up plans to invade one of the last bastions of media that is largely advertising-free: books.
As e-books proliferate, advertisers are experimenting with ways to pitch to consumers while they read, a trend that could change the publishing business but faces opposition from some traditionalists…”

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Nox by Anne Carson

Icon Written by Alex on December 8, 2010 – 2:45 pm

…Anne Carson’s new book comes in a box the color of a rainy day, with a sliver of a family snapshot on the front. Inside is a Xerox-quality reproduction of a notebook, made after the death of her brother, including text and photographs and letters, pasted-in inkjet printouts, handwriting, paintings and collage. “Nox” has no page numbers, and it’s accordion-folded. It carries a whiff of visual art multiple or gift shop souvenir or “Griffin & Sabine.” But trust me: it’s an Anne Carson book. Maybe her best…

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WSJ on Class and Royalty In America – with Celebrities and Prince William!

Icon Written by Alex on December 1, 2010 – 12:31 pm

“… But before we pass out the scepters, it’s instructive to contemplate how class distinctions work in America today. We’ve set up class divisions that are defined and determined not by blood lines but by education, achievement, notoriety, attractiveness, and most especially, wealth. We may not have the formal trappings of royalty, but we have plenty of barriers…”

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