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Friday, March 5, 2010

Finally...

...the fine people of New Albany, Mississippi can get themselves a beer legally. "This relates to writing how?" you ask. Well, New Albany happens to be William Faulkner's hometown, and as we all know Faulkner used to kick back a few in his day, so I can imagine he'd be happy with this result.

You can read about it here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Neil Gaiman: The Man Behind The Mirror

Neil Gaiman is the immensely creative mind behind such twisted works as Coraline (the book upon which the movie was based) and Stardust. The New Yorker caught up with him last month and wrote this incredible article about his life and works. A must-read for writers and fans of Gaiman's work.

You can read the article here.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Publication is mine!

The good folks at Joyful! magazine have seen fit to publish a little ditty I wrote right after my son was born titled "Mes Bons Mots"*. It's a short memoir-ish piece** that I hope sheds a little light on the profound nature of parenthood. I hope y'all like it.

You can read the story here.


*"Mes Bons Mots" - French for "my good words".
**A rarity indeed since I rarely write non-fiction, outside of blog entries that is

Harry Potter and Aesthetic Realism

Ellen Reiss is the editor of the periodical Aesthetic Realism and she recently wrote an interesting essay on the timeless romantic dychotomy presented in the Harry Potter books that has contributed to them being such immense successes. The essay can be a bit dry and academic at times, but it is well worth the read if genre definitions and arguments strike your fancy.

You can read the article here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The future is now!

So, apparently in the future no one will read physical books anymore, they will read them on electronic readers. Books will become anachronistic like vinyl or Betamax. I don't know what this means for the relative worth of the ideas in these books, or those who make it up, but nonetheless Brad Stone and Nick Bilton of the New York Times wrote an article about the "deluge" of reading devices on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

Prepare for the deluge my friends.

You can read the article here.

And here is another article from the London Times about a library that will be making 65,000 books available for free download.

Here's Apple's propoganda about their "revolutionary" iPad. I'm skeptical, but anything that gets people reading and actually paying for the books is a winner in my book.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Born Magazine

As I scour the internets for markets to place my work, and for other great writers to spotlight, I often find markets that really pique my interest, either because the content is extraordinary or the mission is unique. One market that falls in the latter category is called Born Magazine and the mission of the 'zine is to combine good writers with good visual artists to make exciting interactive art projects. Started in Seattle in 1996, Born is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit company that releases both a web-based and print magazine with unique content on each. I must say the idea is an exciting one and after spending an hour watching project after project I realized I had to tell y'all about it.

You can check out the magazine here.