Posts Tagged: Internet
Bookbinding may be a dying art, but at Lit Hub, Dwyer Murphy tells the story of a man who keeps his business going strong on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
For Hazlitt, Suzannah Showler takes a measured look at the prepper community and at the idea of preparation itself....more
Patrick Madden teaches writing at Brigham Young University and is the author of the essay collection Quotidiana. His essays frequently appear in literary magazines and have been featured in The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies....more
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice....more
I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the night –Roman emperor Gaius Caligula (AD 12–AD 41).
Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich. –Donald Trump
Publishers stress that readers nowadays want to feel like they’re in a relationship with an author. But I’ve just put everything I know into writing and in exchange you pay me $25 for a book. Can’t we be done?
At Lit Hub, Maria Semple talks with Jami Attenberg about comparing yourself to other writers and the irritable nature of social media....more
Baby Boomers are finding bookstore ownership offers an enticing second career.
The Internet, once a threat, could save independent bookstores.
A ninety-year-old man runs bookstore in Suzhou, China that he inherited from his grandfather.
The Community Bookstore in Brooklyn has finally closed after the owner sold the building last year....more
At Electric Literature, poet and critic K. Thomas Khan walks through the unraveling of a relationship, deliberate isolation from online life, and the questions both raise in a lyrical, longform piece that pushes and pulls at the concepts of personal and professional connection....more
We don’t like being told “no.” At least not according to preliminary votes from Oxford Dictionaries’ attempt to collect data on English speakers’ least favorite words in late August. Unfortunately, while the publishers of the OED did get a number of legitimate responses, they shut down the contest after one day because Internet users can’t help but troll....more
Reading online content exclusively can harm writing skills, a new study has found. GalleyCat reports that a study of MBA students looked at their reading habits and found those with higher writing scores regularly read academic journals rather than focusing on Internet content from BuzzFeed and Reddit....more
Most of these sites were beloved exactly for that same dual sense of security and inclusion members loved — and when that sense was lost, from time or toxicity or something else, the woman who made them moved on to another new place.
We follow Heffernan through the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Internet History, as she annotates the exhibits: the Kindle, with its lithe design and endless supply of books, usurper of the printed word; the MP3, compressing the rapture and idiosyncrasies of your favorite music, destroyer of the music business and the listening experience; YouTube, standing among the smoldering wreckage of the linear-minded entertainment industries, triumphant in its mesmerizing stunts, obscure clips and unboxing videos.
Pete Ross takes huge issue with the infiltration of content marketers and voracious “personal brand” builders at Medium and elsewhere. His point is clear: writing is more than posturing to sell yourself as a writer:
All you’re trying to do is get a dopamine response from people, in turn getting a dopamine response yourself through their recommends and comments.