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The Problem with Young Writers

"One is sometimes tempted to think that the generation which has invented the ‘fiction course’ is getting the fiction it deserves. At any rate, it is fostering in its young writers the conviction that art is neither long nor arduous, and perhaps blinding them to the fact that notoriety and mediocrity are often interchangeable terms." — Edith Wharton, in the 1920s , from The Writing of Fiction . Link: The Problem with Young Writers | The Awl

Geocities Delenda Est

The Deleted City from deletedcity on Vimeo . The Deleted City The Deleted City is a digital archaeology of the world wide web as it exploded into the 21st century. At that time the web was often described as an enormous digital library that you could visit or contribute to by building a homepage. The early citizens of the net (or netizens) took their netizenship serious, and built homepages about themselves and subjects they were experts in. These pioneers found their brave new world at Geocities, a free webhosting provider that was modelled after a city and where you could get a free "piece of land" to build your digital home in a certain neighbourhood based on the subject of your homepage. Heartland was – as a neigbourhood for all things rural – by far the largest, but there were neighbourhoods for fashion, arts and far east related topics to name just a few. Link:

Notes From a Dragon Mom

Ronan won’t prosper or succeed in the way we have come to understand this term in our culture; he will never walk or say “Mama,” and I will never be a tiger mom. The mothers and fathers of terminally ill children are something else entirely. Our goals are simple and terrible: to help our children live with minimal discomfort and maximum dignity. We will not launch our children into a bright and promising future, but see them into early graves. We will prepare to lose them and then, impossibly, to live on after that gutting loss. This requires a new ferocity, a new way of thinking, a new animal. We are dragon parents: fierce and loyal and loving as hell. Our experiences have taught us how to parent for the here and now, for the sake of parenting, for the humanity implicit in the act itself, though this runs counter to traditional wisdom and advice. Link: Notes From a Dragon Mom - :

Pulp non-fiction: Jarvis Cocker becomes editor for Faber | Books |

"Jarvis felt like a natural fit with the Faber sensibility, both as author and editor, and I'm sure the small list of books he will develop will represent his eccentric and yet popular touch," said Brackstone. "We now have an excellent portfolio of authors from the pop world and our intention is to develop these relationships and continue to build a reputation as the home for exciting and original writing on music." (Brackstone caused a minor stir last year with an open letter to Morrissey, pleading to let Faber publish his rumoured memoirs because, he said, the former Smiths singer belonged "in the House of Eliot".) Enlace: Pulp non-fiction: Jarvis Cocker becomes editor for Faber | Books | .

PressPausePlay [Documental]

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world's most influential creators of the digital era. PressPausePlay

Funciona con la Teoría Literaria

Surviving the World - Lesson 1198 - Insight

Es [Casi el Mismo] Trabajo

Los procesos del libro electrónico son los mismo a aquellos de la industrial editorial tradicional: El 50% de lo que usted paga por este libro va directo al escritor, sin el cual no existiría. Para que usted pueda leerlo ha sido necesario el trabajo de un escritor, una editora, una correctora, un técnico en digitalización, una diseñadora web, un webmaster y un productor. Si lo piratea, ya sabe a quién roba. Si nos roba, mejor no nos lea. No va a entenderlo. Enlace: Es trabajo

La RAE contra, o la máquina de hacer dinero del Grupo Planeta

Que la Real Academia Española es una institución ya no sólo al servicio de la codificación de la lengua del imperio, sino al servicio de intereses mercantiles de empresas transnacionales españolas no es una noticia que vaya a tomar por sorpresa a nadie que lleve un tiempo siguiendo este blog. Pero debemos reconocer que, en este empeño, se perfecciona día a día, con performances que ni el más alocado delirio podría vaticinar. Enlace: La RAE contra, o la máquina de hacer dinero del Grupo Planeta

El Cosmonauta [Corto]

THE COSMONAUT from Vinegar Hill on Vimeo . The Cosmonaut es un corto dirigido por David Altrogge el cual basó su financiamiento en Kickstarter, una comunidad en donde uno puede buscar patrocinio para diferentes proyectos. En una ocasión escuché hablar al Profesor Gafapasta sobre El Cosmonauta, un cómic . Seguramente de ahí se derivó el corto de arriba, aunque en España haya un proyecto similar. Al igual que su contraparte estadounidense, la producción de El Cosmonauta se encuentra financiada por el crowfunding y cimentada en una licencia de Creative Commons.

LSD Virtual

Si este fin de semana les ha parecido largo (porque ya se gastaron gran parte de su presupuesto desde el día 15), pueden perder el resto de la tarde mirando de a ratos la hipnótica imagen que acompaña a esta entrada y luego ver en otra dirección, así podrán sentir efímeramente lo que se siente el LSD sin necesidad de buscar a su dealer. t

Fuegos Pirotecnicos en el Grito de Independencia de Ciudad Juarez [46 Imagenes]

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¿Foto sin contexto? Aparentemente habrá una mesa en Londres la próxima semana respecto a los libros y su cultura 'pirata'. Where does the creative act lie in the process of copying? Cultural piracy is pervading publishing worldwide, but what makes these new forms original and what issues are raised? Participants include artist Andrea Francke, initiator of The Piracy Project; Eva Weinmayr, Co-director of AND Publishing; Kenneth Goldsmith, founder, UbuWeb; and Nick Thurston, Editor of information as material. September 24, 2011, 2.30pm Whitechapel Gallery, London Enlace: