Posts by: Kailyn McCord

Lucas Adams Illustrates a Note from Australia #1

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There was a paper American flag taped to the door, and a panel missing by the knob, and so when no one answered, we let ourselves in. Fixed gear bikes lined the hallway and in the living room cigarette smoke settled on the thrift store couches. Three boys, not a colored piece of clothing between […]

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Mind the Gap

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From a tiff that begun on Twitter to the calling out of the New York Times Book Review, literary circles are questioning the how gender affects not just authorship, but how it may change the very genre of a given book. New statistics (crunched by the Double X staff) show a gender imbalance in books […]

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Thrive

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Although adult resource centers are nothing new, The Thrive project (based in rural Massachusetts) is taking another look at how these centers function, and what exactly they function for. Thrive encourages adults to not simply live life, but enjoy and explore it, offering “a chance to live better and participate more; to thrive instead of […]

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Beige Is the New Black

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Cruising along the information super highway, fashion often dictates that the faster, the sleeker, and the more high-tech the better. And so it’s nice to know the somewhere the interwebs someone has dedicated a small patch of real-estate to the beginnings of the Digital Age. Yes, it’s that time already; some computers (one’s you might […]

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“Manual for a Productive Everyday Life”

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Ever think that your day-to-day hum drum simply isn’t productive enough? Do you feel bogged down by a sense of overall disappointment or lethargy? Well we’ve got answers for you! In her latest project, our own Rozalia Jovanovic gave out five simple, everyday tasks to twenty four participants – writers, artists, musicians, etc. Using a […]

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iPirates

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As the iPad hits the million mark for its first month of sales, David Carnoy looks back at Apple’s first portable product, the iPod, and the similar paths the two may take in the world of copyright piracy. Carnoy doesn’t argue that music piracy originated with the iPod, but rather that the release of the […]

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The Next Big Hit

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Literary magazines, once the backbone, the pulse, and other anatomically analogous words of the American fiction world, have taken a hit in subscriptions in recent decades. Does this mean the death of fiction as we know it, or simply a critical-condition status? Jay Baron Nicavo muses through the possible culprits of the current climate, from […]

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Book Version Bonanza

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Over the decades, the world has upgraded from iron cast printing press to ink jet printers, and yet the complexities of publishing have recently shifted from the how to the how many in terms of the different mediums a single book can embody. Between hardcover, paperback, iTunes, and e-readers, each new literary hit has to […]

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The Money in Fonts

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Bummed about shelling out for printer cartridge after printer cartridge? Tired of submitting essays and papers, only to find that the breaking of your bank outweighs the heartbreak of oh so many rejection letters? Well the University of Wisconsin has the answer for you. Turns out there might be more to font choices than just […]

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Wherefore Art Thou @Romeo?

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Shakespeare is the classic and timeless example of dramatic excellence, and once again in this modern age it is being put to the test. In a five week real-time performance, ‘ol Bill’s Romeo and Juliet is going to be played out over Twitter, with each character represented by a username. They will tweet back and […]

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The Ethicist and the eBook

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With publishers delaying e-book releases to encourage hardcover, real-book sales, what is the new and hip Kindle consumer to do? What if you buy the hardcover, and then pirate an early electronic copy for free? Are publishing companies single handedly conspiring with the likes of Stephen King to destroy the planets forests? Or are they […]

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Fabricated

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In a truly modern media scandal, Tommaso Debenedetti (of the esteemed Italian Debenedetti) literary family has been publishing fake interviews in Il Piccolo magazine with the likes of Phillip Roth, John Grisham, and Gore Vidal. Contacting many of Debenedetti’s subjects from years past (over half of which are Nobel Laureates), Judith Thurman reports that every […]

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Catching Up with Jack Matthews

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Type the name “Jack Matthews” into Wikipedia and it will take you to the profile of a Welsh rugby player, now retired. The Jack Matthews recently interviewed on TeleRead, however, has never seen the underside of a scrum. He’s an author of over twenty published novels and short story collections and, at the age 84, […]

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Your Personal Clichés

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Clichés are, by definition, old hat, but what if there’s a subtler version of the oh-so-enticing little literary buggers? Blogging for the Guardian, Peter Robbins pontificates on his own personal clichés, and how (although they may not realize it), many writers tend to develop fallbacks of vocabulary that are uniquely, their own. This can lead, […]

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Damned If You Do, Panned If You Don’t?

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In light of the recent Orange Prize short list, Jojo Moyes ruminates on the split themes of modern women’s fiction. Somewhat dark, serious subject matter such as Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible seems to dominate the field of formal literary honors, whereas fiction with a more upbeat slant and (how dare they!) the occasional happy […]

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Bedbugs

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Sara Faye Lieber’s essay “Bohemian Rhapsody” begins with a meditation on sleep, a most basic and necessary human activity, and goes on to describe how her own becomes impeded by an infestation of bedbugs. With the critters steadily on the rise since the seventies, Lieber relates a striking and personal account of her experience, drawing […]

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Ad Blocking

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With the days of frantically clicking away pop ups behind us, ad-blocking software may seem like the perfect way to view your favorite sites in peace. And yet, as Ken Fisher explains, this software may be hurting your favorite blogs, new sites, and other interweb ventures. Because advertisements pay the sites they use on a […]

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DIY Lit

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As the term “self-publishing”  became more common in the vernacular, the prospect of DIY literature was seen as godsend, bridging the gap between writer and reader, creating a corporate publisher-free utopia. And yet in her article “Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers,” Carla King asserts that ever-more common practice may not deliver all we’ve […]

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Thousands of Authors Opt-out of Google Book Plan

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Digitized books, whether they be in kindle form or otherwise, are more than just a fad, and although Google Books is growing by the day, many authors have recently chosen to opt-out of Google’s ever-expanding digital library. The dissenting authors have grown since the issue with Google arose, now tallying some 6,500, including Thomas Pynchon, […]

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