Writers Insulting writers

27. Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling (2000): “How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.”

26. Vladimir Nabokov on Fyodor Dostoevsky: “Dostoevky’s lack of taste, his monotonous dealings with persons suffering with pre-Freudian complexes, the way he has of wallowing in the tragic misadventures of human dignity — all this is difficult to admire.”

25. Gertrude Stein on Ezra Pound: “A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.”

24. Virginia Woolf on Aldous Huxley: “All raw, uncooked, protesting.”

23. H. G. Wells on George Bernard Shaw: “An idiot child screaming in a hospital.”

22. Joseph Conrad on D.H. Lawrence: “Filth. Nothing but obscenities.”

21. Lord Byron on John Keats (1820): “Here are Johnny Keats’ piss-a-bed poetry, and three novels by God knows whom… No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don’t I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin.”

20. Vladimir Nabokov on Joseph Conrad: “I cannot abide Conrad’s souvenir shop style and bottled ships and shell necklaces of romanticist cliches.”

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"Between Page and Screen"

An interesting experiment in the relationship between print and digital media:

Using an old school Vandercook press and a variety of animation engines, poet Amaranth Borsuk and developer Brad Bouse created a hybrid book—an experiment in the conjoining of print and digital media and a good prompt to think about what may be possible in the years to come. What’s especially interesting is that the book includes the reader in the experience by using a webcam. It’s not simply a program that ”runs” when the book is opened. 

Between Page and Screen 


From their website:

Between Page and Screen is a hand-bound and letterpress-printed book of poems that engages both the digital poetry and artist's book traditions to consider the place of books in an era of screen-based reading.

This twenty-poem chapbook contains no text, only stark black-and-white geometric shapes and a web address leading to this site, where the reader follows instructions to display the book on his or her webcam.”

(via curiosity counts)


Loss of the disposable book

Couldn't have said it better myself...

from Craig Mod:

“As the publishing industry wobbles and Kindle sales jump, book romanticists cry themselves to sleep. But really, what are we shedding tears over?

We’re losing the throwaway paperback.
The airport paperback.
The beachside paperback.

We’re losing the dregs of the publishing world: disposable books. The book printed without consideration of form or sustainability or longevity. The book produced to be consumed once and then tossed. The book you bin when you’re moving and you need to clean out the closet.

These are the first books to go. And I say it again, good riddance.

Once we dump this weight we can prune our increasingly obsolete network of distribution. As physicality disappears, so too does the need to fly dead trees around the world.

You already know the potential gains: edgier, riskier books in digital form, born from a lower barrier-to-entry to publish. New modes of storytelling. Less environmental impact. A rise in importance of editors. And, yes — paradoxically — a marked increase in the quality of things that do get printed.”


Breaking it down:


LISTEN to some great Literature

Whether you’re sight impaired or have a long drive, sometimes its nice to listen to a book. While may be the most well known of the audiobook publishers, it is certainly not the best, and its selection is limited to what you might find at a Border’s or Barnes & Noble. For those with a taste for the small presses, I would suggest checking out, which publishes books from the likes of Graywolf Press, Akashic Books, Cursor/Red Lemonade, OR, and Tinhouse.


Print & Video (Whaaat?)

Oh, the future. Really?

The December 2010 issue of Russian Vogue featured an actual video ad in the print edition. Yes, a video player in the magazine. You heard me right.



eBooks and the agency model

Recently, I've been thinking about e-books, and wondering how publishers, bookstores (online or otherwise), and authors are going to divide up the pie. Who's doing the slicing? That's another story. I'm not the only one with e-books on the brain: eBooks and the Agency Model


Why the iPad Newspaper is Doomed

"If you want to read newspaper-like content on your iPad, there are tons of free options available through your web browser: The Washington Post, the Guardian, CNN, the BBC, Slate, HuffPo, take your pick. And if you want your news with a nifty, iPad-native interface, there are plenty of options for that too, including aggregation software like Reeder, Instapaper, Flipboard and Pulse, cheap or free apps that can be stuffed to the gills with an amazing variety of content, gratis, and connected to your social graph in all kinds of interesting ways. As ZDNet's Sam Diaz wrote, 'there's already original content all over the Internet.'"

Via Gawker

tags: newspapers