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Another Typewriter Takeover
If anyone else has any top-quality reading material they think we should be sharing with the world, please get in touch.
Shameless Self-promotion time! I did some guest editing for The Electric Typewriter. Read these if you get a chance:
Thanks to TETW for inviting me to submit!
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“The heartbreaking thing is that this fall, over 10,000 bookstore employees across America will be out of work. The way the publishing industry is going, many of those people won’t be able to find jobs that are even tangentially related to books anymore; they’ll go on to work in movie theaters and grocery stores and as secretaries and child-care providers. They probably won’t be able to spend their days being obsessed with books, and that’s a bad thing for books, which have a hard enough time battling for attention in popular media.”
This is a great read and it also goes really well with my own little rant about Borders.
[via Scribner Books]
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I forget when I am with people that they might have been other people before meeting me. I may have been different, too.
8:01 AM EST
Some readers like to see portraits of authors they admire, study their personal histories or hear them read aloud. I like to know whether an author can spell. Nabokov spelled beautifully. Fitzgerald was crummy at spelling, bedeviled by entry-level traps like “definate.” Bad spellers, of course, can be sublime writers and good spellers punctilious duds. But it’s still intriguing that Fitzgerald, for all his gifts, didn’t perceive the word “finite” in definite, the way good spellers automatically do. Did this oversight color his impression of infinity? Infinaty?
Spell check is evil.
(Source: The New York Times)
9:45 AM EST
“Harry, nevertheless, arouses greater empathy because he seems to be a child liberated from the control of dull, distracted adults, rejecting his soulless environment. No sensitive child would want to grow up to be Harry’s Muggle relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of No. 4 Privet Drive. Harry Potter allows children of the suburbs to loathe their Little Boxes, to fly a nebulous broom, play non-televisable sports and aspire to a life out of the ordinary. Whether read in Seattle, Sarajevo or Soweto, Harry gives children a license to judge the adult world—and find it wanting.”
8:24 AM EST
It’s human nature to press at the boundaries of stories, to scrabble at the edges, to want to know what’s going on just out of range of the camera. Fan fiction teems with prequels and sequels, missing scenes restored and plot holes patched. It retells canonical stories from new points of view — the reverse-angle instant replay. How did the events of The Prisoner of Azkaban look from Neville Longbottom’s perspective? Moaning Myrtle’s? Mrs. Norris’? “To say that a story stops after we close a book is absurd,” says Maltese. “To say that we can think certain things about a story or what might happen next in a story or what might have happened if someone had turned left instead of right but that we can’t write them down is absurd.” (via)
10:00 AM EST
“Sheryl Sandberg & Male-Dominated Silicon Valley” The New Yorker ~ There is a lot to take in with this. I’m sort of rolling my eyes, sort of saying, ‘Hell yeah!’ and sort of like, OK who the hell is this woman?! Because she works for Facebook, the President, and Disney, which sounds like the perfect recipe for taking over the world in some sort of covertly evil way. Eeek.
“Let’s Just All Talk About the Things That Bug Us About Harry Potter” The Hairpin ~ The first one and the last two. Ron is not unattractive.
“In Which We’re Really Down on Optimus Prime” This Recording ~”You don’t want to do something after Megan Fox has done it, you want to do it well before or not at all.”
“Caylee & Brisenia: Why The Difference In Coverage?” News Taco ~ The media is so fair and balanced. Not.
“I Flunked My Social Media Background Check” Gizmodo~ Food for thought.
“Counting Down the Pottermeter” Rotten Tomatoes~ I keep getting the chills whenever I read articles like this. Which has been multiple times everyday this week.
1:19 PM EST
“Space stasis: What the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovations.” Slate ~ Rockets are expensive.
“Fun With Maps: Seven Peculiar U.S. Borders” The Awl ~ Colorado is NOT a perfect rectangle!
“The British Equivalent of ‘That’s What She Said’” TIFO ~ For so many reasons, this is the best article I’ve read all month. So many reasons. (via oneafter909)
“Inside Google+ - How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social” Wired ~ Relevant.
8:18 AM EST
When it was time to say goodbye, I wrote my email address down for Steve on the back of a torn receipt in my wallet. He read the address, then flipped over the receipt and said, “Penny Black—what’s that?” I said: “It’s the make of the top I’m wearing.” He tucked the receipt away muttering, “I just like knowing stuff like that.” As odd names on scraps of paper are perennially fascinating to me too, that clinched my feeling that I’d met a kindred spirit.
The important thing to know is that I had complete confidence in him, from that one meeting in L.A. He’d said enough during those few hours together to convince me that he had a real connection to the characters. As we subsequently agreed during our decade-plus email conversation about the books, when you strip away all of the diversionary magic, the Potter novels boil down to the characters: our relationship with them and theirs with each other.