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Posts by: M. Rebekah Otto

Newspaper Guild Calls for HuffPo Strike

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Last week, the Newspaper Guild, a 26,000-member-strong national union of media workers, called on all unpaid Huffington Post bloggers “to withhold their work.”

The strike asks specifically for an immediate pay schedule for all contributors. Read their official press release. As you may have noticed, we have discussed the recent purchase of HuffPo by AOL and the ethical implications of working for a corporation for free.

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Ten Walks/Two Talks

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As I concluded in Modern Reader #2, I really enjoyed Ten Walks/Two Talks, the recent volume from Ugly Duckling Presse of the meandering conversations between Andy Fitch and Jon Cotner. The duo are in LA this week, reading four times(!) with the likes of Grace Krilanovich, Anna Joy Springer, Tom Lutz, and Maggie Nelson.

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Opening Lines

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Opening Lines discusses the origins and first trys of now-famous writers and other figures. Their tag line reads: “How the famous and infamous got their start.” Some of my favorite’s include that Flannery O’Connor couldn’t spell, Steve Jobs started out making illegal phones long before the iPhone, and Jennifer Egan thinks she got famous too fast – to her detriment.

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