Posts by: Caroline Kangas

The Words They Carry

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The Atlantic has begun curating a series of authors’ favorite passages, poems, and lines.

The series is called By Heart and includes an essay on each selection and an illustration by Doug McLean.

Many authors discuss their favorite line from their favorite author, others share the quotes that get them through the writing process, and some reflect on why they love the lines they love.

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Lunch with Orson

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“They’re so busy, this would be a great day to send a dish back to the chef.”

Vulture.com shares transcripts of director Henry Jaglom’s taped conversations with Orson Welles at Los Angeles’s Ma Maison. Here’s a taste:

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Pay-What-You-Want Australian Lit Bundle

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Wish you could have it all, for less?

Australian ebook retailer Tomely.com is offering a pay-what-you-want promotion for a bundle of seven of Australia’s leading lit journals/collections (Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, The Review of Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow, Tincture, Sincere Forms of Flattery, and Willow Pattern).

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“Grassy Notes with a Tang of Acids and a Hint of Vanilla”

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That’s not from the back of a wine label, but rather the mouth of a chemist describing “that old book smell.”

Specifically, lead scientist Matija Strlic, explained the compounds as a “combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much a part of the book as its contents.”

Pairs nicely with a soft goat cheese and best consumed curled up in a comfy window seat.

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The Kindle’s not-so-stealthy attack

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Amazon has been putting out feelers in communities that are doing just fine with out them, thank you very much.

First, Kindle Worlds is Amazon’s attempt to commodify fan fiction starting with Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries but with plans for many more “Worlds.”

And in a more recent, mind-boggling move, Amazon representatives have begun calling independent bookstores with the proposal of selling Kindles in their locations.

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