“Author Steve Almond shows Marc that writers can be just as tortured and self-doubting as comedians. The two of them discuss the highs and lows of a writer’s creative process.”...more
A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star, right? Well that’s what New York Times book reviewer Glen Duncan thinks.
In his Sunday Book Review of Colson Whitehead’s complex new zombie novel, Zone One, Duncan sets the parallel between dating porn stars and what he initially perceives as slumming in genre fiction, and lets the rest of the review ride on the back of this comparison....more
Another volte-face: Research now suggests that your cellphone isn’t giving you cancer.
If constantly tweeting just isn’t enough for you, maybe you need a portrait made out of your tweets....more
“#OccupyWallStreet, the movement’s dominant hashtag, has never once hit the New York TTs list. Similarly, #OccupyBoston has trended all across the world, but never in Boston, which only saw the phrases ‘Dewey Sq’ and ‘Dewey Square’ trend.”
Last month, we posted a Wikileaks Ted Talks video on how the internet was not randomized (main subjects included Google and Facebook)....more
Siri voice command is like that personal secretary you dream of to support you in everyday life.
The other significant changes? “iOS 5: Exploring 7 Hidden New Features”
All iPhones (not just 4) can also upgrade to iOS 5! That is just one of 6 reasons this article gives you to be content with your iPhone 4....more
“I asked Crane what becoming a writer has meant to her personally. ‘When you’ve become so seasoned at shutting down your feelings because your survival depends on it, you need a crowbar to excavate them. Writing is the crucible.'”...more
The Believer is out now and some of this month’s fantastic, wide-ranging collection of literary articles are posted in their entirety online (including an online exclusive interview with artist David Shrigley). Among them, Jonathan Lethem defines and redefines in his fierce defense of postmodernism....more
BART cops now have to wear cameras that record their interactions with the public … but how effective will they really be?
The Euthanasia Roller Coaster … name says it all....more
There are a bunch of new Kindles if you’re into that whole e-reader thing.
Your car will soon be able to read your mind if Nissan has its way....more
A small segment of you may be very excited that the iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in October....more
Facebook wants you to share everything …. aaaah!
So what social networks are popular in other parts of the world? A nice infographic....more
Netflix signs a two-year agreement with Discovery (renewed, expanded, and non-exclusive).
More on that note, Netflix plans to focus on TV Shows, as they comprise of “60 percent of the video streams viewed by Netflix members.”
“Netflix plans to add social-networking features to its video service....more
Tomorrow Canongate, Julian Assange’s former publisher, plan to “publish ‘the unauthorised first draft’ of his autobiography without his consent, months after the WikiLeaks founder withdrew from a million-pound contract for his memoirs.”...more
Apple devices rank top in customer satisfaction; Android, Nokia, RIM gnash teeth.
And speaking of Apple, Adobe Flash now works on yr iGadget of any kind.
The ex-Yahoo CEO may have just lost $10 million by calling her fellow board members at Yahoo “doofuses.”
Did you see these billboards that grow bacteria adverstisements?...more
App slaughter: Google’s killing off some products.
The internet’s official red light district (.xxx) has arrived. Let the games begin!
Not so green after all: Indoor weed farming and production is really bad for the environment.
Did you see this electric motor that’s made of a single molecule?...more
Five years ago Lynn Coady published a novel with a protagonist drawn partially from the life of a real, thirty-years-deceased poet, and a experienced firsthand earful from an audience full of the poet’s colleagues and friends. It wasn’t all ugly, but it was complicated, as feedback focused almost entirely on either the novel’s too-close-for-comfort portrait or its occasional sharp departures from the character’s real-life inspiration....more
Sometimes Google gets it wrong … which can be rough on the small businesses it marks as “closed” when they’re actually not.
Has email driven the closure of the US Postal Service?...more
Researchers have created a genetic computer that can be used to find and kill specific cancer cells.
India is trying to help the poor by creating a biometric database of everyone in the country....more
Performance art is taking on twitter. Faux famous author accounts are in and they’re taking over. Laura Ingalls Wilder is pioneering the field with her twitter feed (@halfpintingalls) and not only do her tweets stay true to the Little House on the Prarie lifeystyle we love so much, she’s funny too....more
The recent massacre at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico marks the pinnacle of drug war-related violence.
The response to this tragic episode by the American media reveal the frailties of our news coverage—this story was seriously lacking the attention it deserved across many of our media outlets, a silence that unfortunately dictates a scarcity of American tweets....more
Sure, it writes, but can your pen transform paper scribblings into digital files?
Berlin’s awesome video game museum....more
When two chatbots try to talk to each other, things get weird.
Privacy on the Internet? Inconceivable! …. but maybe that’s not a bad thing....more