Posts Tagged: app

Books by Bicycle, within an Hour

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Londoners, if for whatever conceivable reason you need a book on your front doorstep within the next hour, there’s an app for that.  NearSt is a new London-based app that offers a selection of books from nearly forty local bookstores that can be browsed, ordered, and delivered straight to you via bicycle courier. However, the app […]

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A Modern Take on the Serialized Novel

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To marry the traditions of the Victorian novel to modern technology, allowing the reader, or listener, an involvement with the characters and the background of the story and the world in which it takes place, that would not have been possible until now, and yet to preserve within that the strongest traditions of storytelling, seems […]

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Typing Writer Free, This Week Only!

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Did you know The Rumpus has our very own app, Typing Writer? We do! And through December 16th, you can download Typing Writer and try it out at no cost! Typing Writer turns your iPad into a typewriter. Typing Writer is about getting words on the page. It comes loaded with first drafts from some of […]

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Typewriters Are Latest High Tech Spy Tool

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In the wake of American spies tapping into every form of electronic communication, Germany is considering typewriters for highly sensitive documents. The Russians have already instituted such measures. Typewriters aren’t foolproof though. In 1984, the Soviets listened to the keystrokes of US Embassy secretaries, looking for patterns. Meanwhile, for less sensitive documents, there is Typing […]

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Text-ing

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Interactive digital storytelling: fiction’s next frontier? In the New York Times, Chris Suellentrop examines interactive technologies as used in Blood & Laurels, by Emily Short: Exploring those possibilities is one reason Ms. Short became a writer of interactive fiction rather than of more conventional stories. “I found myself frustrated that I couldn’t write multiple versions of the same scene,” she […]

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You Are Invisible

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Writing in the New Yorker about the smartphone app Cloak, Mark O’Connell offers a thoroughly beautiful and poetic commentary on the ontology of visibility: By generating a kind of omnipresence—whereby we are always available, visible, contactable, all of us there all the time—the technologies that mediate our lives also cause us to disappear, to vanish into a fixed position on […]

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Slow Down, Speed Reading Enthusiasts

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Last week, we talked about the new speed reading app Spritz, which promises to have us reading faster than we ever thought possible. As it turns out, it may not be possible after all—or so argues this article up at The Atlantic. Most research concludes that “as speed increases, comprehension deteriorates.” And why are we […]

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How Writing Helped Connu’s Founders with Business

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Last year, writers Susannah Luthi and Niree Perian launched Connu, a sort of literary magazine in app form that curates short stories for readers. (We blogged about their Kickstarter campaign back in June.) You’d think creating apps and writing fiction would go together like water and oil, but Luthi says it was actually surprisingly helpful […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Daniel Alarcón

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Daniel Alarcón talks about his latest novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, drawing inspiration from Bolaño and Chekhov, the writer’s place of privilege, and the questions that arise from an imagined life that easily could have been.

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