Lit Chick Invasion Pics
Pics found here from Harper Perennial's Sunday night event.
Pics found here from Harper Perennial's Sunday night event.
the legion of lit mags returns!
An interesting essay by Steven Johnson in the NYTBR this Sunday about the power of internet keyword driven culture to shape and define the very meanings of our language. Although I find his premise that the average blogger or webbie could possibly compete with big money companies for "ownership" of such words as "liberal", "sex", "blackjack" or "cheap Canadian meds" (his choices) very unlikely. Small market words or phrases such as his "Raymond Williams" are certainly within the determined blogger's capabilities to own and define. His notion that search engines like Google quantify the number of links to a particular site and therefore rank them accordingly is correct, however, the number of links required to unseat the top searches for the above keywords is mind-boggling and I'd guess, an impossibility. Search engines like Google use many, many constantly morphing parameters, not the number of links, to determine the best, most popular pages. The only parameters that don't change are money and corporate status, which the average blogger does not have.
Hi. I'm Michael Signorelli. You may remember me from such blogs as the Cruelest Month or the Olive Reader--two of the four blogs run under the auspices of HarperCollins Publishers. Felicia has invited me to step out from under the corporate umbrella and take some independent breaths in the blogosphere. I'm grateful for the opportunity. I almost feel lighter.
In my last post I recommended two Bernhard books for those who hadn't yet read him. It got me thinking about the virtuosity and utter originality behind his writing. Last night, I picked "Yes" off the bookshelf and read from this passage-
On November 3, Nathalie Stephens, author of the new book Touch To Affliction, joins Sina Queyras, author of Lemon Hound and co-founder
Small Spiral Notebook Contributor and Friend, David Barringer, has got some spooky treats for the holidays!
A recent survey indicated that 5% of Americans spend as much as 3.5 work hours reading blogs. If you are one of these people, cut down your web time by hooking up with the the new Google Reader. You subscribe to your favorite blogs via RSS or ATOM feeds and the Google Reader corrals them all onto one page, in small digestible bites, for easy scanning and reading.
For aspiring web designers, or those still building sites with HTML tables, Dave McFarland's new book on Cascading Style Sheets, part of the Missing Manual Series, provides the best hints, tips, tricks and solutions for this must-know technology.
In the recent issue of Open City, Vince Passaro declares his resistance to the tyranny effecting America- our need for things. In his essay, Mr. Passaro paints the American cultural/consumer landscape with a broad and stereotypical brush. And while it may be truthful and perhaps even gutsy to point out the stupidity of American consumerism- it is probably not the best approach to label all Americans as foolish and ridiculous for the few who want a latte with extra foam, a remodeled bathroom or a gas guzzling SUV- a lesson that should have been learned in the 2004 election.
It seems that the New York Times Book Review can't do right in the eyes of anyone any more. It's no secret that since Sam Tanenhaus took over writers and readers have chaffed over the editorial direction the NYTBR has gone. First, it was Tanenhaus' placed emphasis on more mainstream non-fiction. Then came the supercilious essays via Donadio et. al. Now, writers and readers are in an open revolt against the very quality of the reviews.
An interesting debate from The Reading Experience on the virtues of new literature versus the time tested.
F.T. Marinetti Critical Writings, is the newly compiled book of essays, manifestos and critiques by the claimed father of the Futurist Movement. This book includes many never before translated pieces reflecting Marinetti's concepts of literature, film, feminism and technological progress.
If you haven't yet picked up a copy of Robert Olen Butler's highly original new book, "Severance", do so immediately. In "Severance" Mr. Butler takes the concept that at our most excited state, a human being can speak at one hundred and sixty words per minute and adds to it the believe that after decapitation, the brain remains conscious for ninety seconds. "Severance", then is comprised of 62 two hundred and forty word mediations on the last thoughts of the quickly departing. Historical beheadings for both real (Mary Stuart) and make-believe (a Dragon) are just a sample of what keeps this imaginative book entertaining.
It's Quake season in San Francisco. That's right, LitQuake, the annual literary, poetry, spoken word festival in the City by The Bay kicks off this year on October 6th. Musicians such as Ray Manzarek, Jay Farrar and Lars Ulrich open the festival reading literature that inspired them to create their music.
BenBella Books has announced plans to publish a series of five children's books authored by the confounding, yet immensely talented Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Terrell Owens. The first entitled, "Little T Learns To Share", is dripping with more than enough irony due to Owens recent on and off field exploits. Owens started his career in San Francisco where he blossomed into a star and an egomaniac, moved on to Philadelphia where his volatile personality practically destroyed the entire team. And everyone knows what's been happening this season in Dallas.
Who says athletes can't be role models?
Feature By Cheryl Burke
Brooklyn-based Small Spiral Notebook’s new online home is bursting with literary goodness. With an easy-to-navigate design, this five-year-old journal features book reviews, fiction, poetry and nonfiction by both established and emerging writers.
The journal also boasts In-depth interviews by great writers with great writers. Emily Barton (author of Brookland), Joe Meno (author of A Boy Detective Fails) and Wendy Spero (author of Microthrills) are among the current interviewees.
Small Spiral Notebook is the creation of memoirist, green living enthusiast and good friend Felicia Sullivan. Like many great ideas, the journal’s name came to her in a flash of inspiration, “I was having brunch with an old friend, talking up my idea to start a literary journal and my friend talked about a web design that would mimic a small spiral notebook. Something clicked and a journal and its name were born.” Small Spiral Notebook is published quarterly online and bi-annually in print. The next print issue will be available in late November but you can get a peak of the contents online.
Kevin Sampsell, book events coordinator for Powell's City of Books in Portland, writes this hilarious and informative article for the A.P. about what not to do at a reading.