- Already? I read a whopping 8. The 2010 Tournament of Books Long List
- The Most Anticipated Band Reunions of 2010
- Anne Patchett: Writing is a job.
- Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the Decade
- Federico Garcia Lorca's corpse is missing.
- Facebook's Five Most Annoying Parents
- NPR (John Freeman) selects the best debut fiction of 2009.
- The Guardian's 100 Best Films of the Noughties
- Yay! The White Stripes are releasing a live box set.
- "All the hot chicks dig guys with supernatural cars that kill people." Via @ebertchicago, screenshots of actual Comcast movie plot summaries.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Dear Santa -
Think of all the fun I've missed
Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed
Next year I could be just as good
If you'd check off my Christmas list
Gramercy Gate Compact @ Etsy (citybitz) $40
Miz Mooz Amelia Button Boot @ Amazon $220
Pictorial Webster's Dictionary @ The Curiosity Shoppe $35
Aesa Diamond Vein Necklace @ Barneys $267
Stanton T90 USB Turnrable @ ebay $299
Electra Orbit 3i (Emerald) @ Cyclewerks $549
The Bombshell Woolie @ Etsy (superjennylove) $46
Collins Sofa @ Crate & Barrel $2499
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Anne Trubek on the death of handwriting:
The moral of this story is not that typing is superior to handwriting, that parents should have to transcribe the stories of their offspring or that private schools are superior to public ones. The moral of the story is that what we want from writing — what Simon wants and what the Sumerians wanted — is cognitive automaticity, the ability to think as fast as possible, freed as much as can be from the strictures of whichever technology we must use to record our thoughts. As Wolf writes: "A system that can become streamlined through specialization and automaticity has more time to think. This is the miraculous gift of the reading brain." This is what Palmer wanted for his students — speed. This is what the typewriter promised Twain. This is what typing does for millions. It allows us to go faster, not because we want everything faster in our hyped-up age, but for the opposite reason: We want more time to think.
Related, a student brings a typewriter to class (via Open Culture).
Posted by escapegrace at 10:12 AM
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
33. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Sigh...I'm not getting the accolades. I am a huge Lorrie Moore fan, but this novel did not do it for me at all. It took many, many pages to emerge from a somewhat boring beginning and never quite seemed to find its purpose. Of course, because it's Lorrie Moore, there were sentences of quirky, startling insight, but not as many as I would have liked. However, if the praise for this novel leads to more rapid release of another, then that's fine by me.
34. A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-first Century by Cristina Nehring
I love anyone who dares to point out that twenty-first century heterosexual relationships are suffering at best, totally fukakte at worst. Nehring doesn't explicitly state she's focused on male-female connections, but her use of literary and historical examples of this type imply it. She attributes this contemporary dilemma to a denial of much of the emotional currency that supported the traditional romantic economy. Is everything she says reasonable? Not necessarily, but at least she's saying it.
35. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
I grew up in Massachusetts and took summer vacations in Maine, so I hoped the settings would charm me, regardless of any other narrative element. No such luck. This book wasn't painful to read and the second half was much more engaging, but I didn't really connect with any of the characters in this character-driven novel. There is one successful scene of absurdity that seems out of place, but it is also the most memorable section of the story.
36. Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
I can't quite believe this is my first Doctorow novel, but there it is. I enjoyed this quick read that fictionalizes the story of New York's most famous hoarders, the Collyer Brothers. There's a mild Forrest Gump-like narrative arc that shows the brothers responding to different monumental events of the twentieth century. I questioned whether the idiosyncratic recluses would have never had a fight (really?), but the men and their increasingly cluttered home were effectively evoked.
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Sunday, December 06, 2009
- Margaret Atwood offers 10 editing tips for your fiction manuscript.
- The Spirit Awards announce their nominees for 2009.
- Classic art + graffiti = The Graffiti Ren 2 Contest
- "My MFA Workshop Responds to My Twitter Status Updates"
- Bored? Make all 48 recipes for your favorite LA restaurant dishes.
- Holiday dating? Guys and girls to avoid...
- The bands of tomorrow: SXSW 2010
- 50 Things a Writer Shouldn't Do
Posted by escapegrace at 11:26 AM
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Brian Eno thinks we're living in a stylistic tropics.
There’s a whole generation of people able to access almost anything from almost anywhere, and they don’t have the same localised stylistic sense that my generation grew up with. It’s all alive, all “now,” in an ever-expanding present, be it Hildegard of Bingen or a Bollywood soundtrack. The idea that something is uncool because it’s old or foreign has left the collective consciousness.
Posted by escapegrace at 10:01 AM