Posts Tagged: Book Bench
This Q&A with crime writer Denise Mina touches on office politics, rude women, and the evolution of the female detective.
“Now you’ve reached the point where a woman is just a different type of detective. You’re not getting information just because you’re a woman; it’s not your superpower anymore....more
Book Country, an online community created by Penguin this past spring, has announced the addition of a self-publishing component. Here’s an explanation of how it works.
“BC offers three publishing “packages” at three prices: $549 for the professionally formatted print/e-book package; $299 for the user-formatted print/e-book package; and $99 for the e-book only package....more
Two co-authors of a post-apocalyptic young adult novel discuss how they were offered representation on the condition that they remove or straighten a gay character.
“The conversation made it clear that the agent thought our book would be an easy sale if we just made that change....more
Book Bench blogger, Macy Halford is lamenting the downfall of the indie bookstore. Much like the decimation of the video store, there’s a bunch of romance and nostalgia tied up with these places. But does that warrant all the talk of impending doom?...more
Do you have this?
“Ecidivism: n. the habit of closing a browser tab to go do something else, only to absentmindedly return to the website you just left, which is your brain’s way of stress-testing your attention span under a synthetic and highly experimental blend of ones and zeroes, mostly zeroes.”
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows continues to gather definitions....more
What better way to celebrate humanity than acknowledging unexpected cultural overlaps? Wallstreet and the literary life have got some overlaps worthy of discussion. Because sometimes, during tough financial times, consulting a Thomas Wolfe novel for insight is the most helpful thing one can do....more
Founded in 2010, in New Orleans, The Hypothetical Development Organization, creates fictional futures for vacant, abandoned buildings or “implausible futures for unpopular places.”
To learn more about this visual urban storytelling and the idea of architecture fiction head over to this essay....more
Writers exiled from their country of origin have a unique relationship to language, freedom and oppression. The context of a homeland functions simultaneously a point of inspiration for the writer and guidance for readers, and so writing about home is a very delicate situation for the exile writer....more
The contemporary burning of books is taking on a new significance.
Burning books is an act historically associated with censorship and limited freedoms, a symptom of an overpowering and centralized government or religion. However, these days, the burning of books is “has become as much an act of provocation and one of censorship,” as evidenced by the recent Dutch political group....more
The project was created in hopes of reigniting a certain kind of social spontaneity that is lost on all of us by way of headphones and fast-paced lifestyles....more
Want to be on the same literary wavelength as a Pulitzer prize winning author this summer?
Consciously planning your summer reading synchronicity with Jeffrey Eugenides is fun. So is hiking in the Alps, but there are more barriers to accomplishing that goal, so here is some summer reading fun to plan....more
A twenty year-old French law that sought to keep the news media from promoting commercial enterprises is being newly reinforced.
This means that using “Facebook” and “Twitter” on air is strictly forbidden. This seems like a good way to stave off potential conflicts of interest, however with ubiquity having rendered these terms into (basically) general nouns, it might be difficult to find a vernacularly-fitting way around them....more
“In 1887, Ambrose Bierce wrote an essay, ‘For Brevity and Clarity,’ suggesting ways to alter punctuation to better represent tone. He proposed a single bracket flipped horizontally for wry smiles, ‘to be appended, with the full stop, to every jocular or ironical sentence.’”...more
I decided immediately upon finding the word “toilet toupee” (any shag carpet toilet cover that causes the lid to become top-heavy, thus creating endless annoyance to male users) that I had to use these words to write a first sentence to a hypothetical short story....more