Listen to a guy read his poetry to you by phone from a crowded bar in Chicago. Watch a 1960s educational film posing as a trailer for a poetry book. Welcome to Mission Cleaners Books.
Instead of trying and failing to write a novel in November I tried and failed to write the script for a children's book every day for the month. Please note: I cannot draw. [more inside]
Pen & Oink is a blog on children's illustration I started with two other illustrators. We'll have interviews, tutorials, and book features, among other posts. There's a lot of content about children's books, but we also plan to cover magazines, surface design, animation, and anything else with illustrated content for children.
Looking at Teen Paranormal Romance books, shows, and movies, and particularly at how they present ideas of gender performance and relationship models. (Here's the inaugural post, where I lay out what the plan basically is. Highlights so far include this particularly cogent defense of (at least some aspects of) Twilight, and this epic takedown of Hush, Hush.) And today, we've started a new, 144-week-long project: watching and discussing each and every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. MeFi bonus: named via AskMe (thanks again, argonauta)!
Those who refuse to learn from the past… have obviously never read some of the frankly bizarre advice our grandparents thought fit to commit to print. Obsolessons is here to bring you the questionable wisdom of our ancestors, with the occasional useful tip like how to gild a live fish. Because how could that NOT come in handy?
I was fortunate enough to be part of the first wave of Monkeybrain Comics' digital initative with my new monthly series Wander, featuring art by Grace Allison and letters by Josh Krach. The first arc, entitled Wander: Olive Hopkins and the Ninth Kingdom explores what happens when a thoroughly modern 20-something finds herself plunged into a fantasy world straight out that section of Barnes & Noble she always avoided. A strip explaining the concept for the first arc is available here and there's also an eight-page preview of our first issue on the Monkeybrain site. You can buy the 22-page comic directly from Comixology's website or through the app on your mobile device for $1.99 if if you so desire. [more inside]
A curated monthly review devoted to spirited debate about books and the arts, created by and for a transnational community of writers, artists, and activists. Inaugural contributors include Tobias Kelly, Bruce Robbins, Lawrence Weschler (interviewing Errol Morris), Laura Norén, David Henkin, Adam Morris, and Sharon Marcus. Brought to you by the editors of Public Culture and NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. [more inside]
My second young adult novel, Wanderlove, is available from Random House/Delacorte Press today. [more inside]
I was wondering if the quality of an authors books dropped over time. I imagined that they would, but as I had a bunch of chores to do this Sunday, I wrote "degradation" instead. Type in an author name, type "search" and it'll show you reader ratings for all that authors books over time. You can hover over the line to see the book titles. [more inside]
In the tradition of the Mark Reads . . . series, my friend & co-blogger Sean Wills has been recapping the Animorphs series, a '90s tween book franchise about shapeshifting kids who battle evil alien slugs, over at our site, the Intergalactic Academy. [more inside]
Book Boroughing features an NYC literary event calendar, a blog with reading recaps and interviews with event coordinators and authors, and a soon to be launched podcast covering readings in New York City.
After 48 years I've finally published my first book - an ebook for children that's written in rhyme. It uses 12 public domain illustrations for a "mystery" story about four talking turkeys, one of which is plotting an escape before Thanksgiving Day. It was pretty exciting when it briefly passed a Curious George ebook on Amazon's list of the best-selling children's ebooks about animals. I dedicated the book to a friend who died last week, because I'd always thought we'd watch the world changing together...
This is a project to make "publish-on-demand" artifacts of digital ephemera. Our first edition is a print-on-demand book of all your tweets, and we've also just launched #Occupy Books, which collects tweets from the OWS protests, typesets them, and releases them in a daily edition. More services and applications are in the works!
For the past two years, Josh Fruhlinger and I have been running a blog collecting our favorite examples of hilariously bad writing from Wikipedia, (seen here in the blue.) After expanding to do a podcast, (seen here in projects), we decided the only logical next step was to write a book - and now it's out! Over 200 entries, with our commentary on each one. Available in paperback, or on Kindle, and you can download a free PDF of the first fifty pages on our site!
The People’s Library is the collective, public, open library of the Occupy Wall Street leaderless resistance movement. Located in the northeast corner of Liberty Plaza, the library provides free, open and unrestricted access to our collection of books, magazines, newspapers, ‘zines, pamphlets and other materials that have been donated, collected, gathered and discovered during the occupation. The working group for the library, which is composed of all those engaging with the library on any level, conduct all of our business through the web site in order to keep the library open, democratic and transparent.
For those times when you really want to tweet something out of a book, but really don't want to research giant Colombian blackberries, apple varietals or what Bangkok really means on your own. Type up your quote, add the book and you've got a Twitter-handy cite! [more inside]
The Farnam Street Blog posts the best articles from around the internet on psychology, behavioral economics, human misjudgment, persuasion, and other subjects of intellectual interest. @farnamstreet [more inside]
In 2008, Meg Holle and I released a book and an album to critical acclaim on Metafilter, Stumbleupon, and other aggregators. Since then, this demented Guide To Living combo has been downloaded over 26,000 times, including once by a Vancouver theater company who loved it enough to make it into a play, where representatives of the Fakeproject Corporation teach you how to be Not Dead. The play is going on stage at Vancouver Fringe Festival starting THIS FRIDAY, and is awesome. In honor of this honor, we've completely rebuilt this mind-altering book in online form with new life-mangling exercises, a Real Physical Book to buy, and a set of fridge magnets that will finally express your innermost thoughts, fears, and failures. [more inside]
I'm reading Continuum's 33 1/3 series, each one of which sees a different writer take on a notable album, and I'm writing a review to go with one volume each week. There's 80 currently released, and so far I've tackled Fleetwood Mac's Tusk by Rob Trucks, Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights by Hayden Childs, and R.E.M.'s Murmur by J. Niimi.
I've had only unhappy experiences with the publishing houses, so I'm putting out my new novel using a home-made publishing company. The book is called Dignity, and it tells the story of little communities rising up within abandoned tract houses and foreclosure ghost towns in the deserts and exurbs around California's sprawling cities. If you're interested in sustainable housing and terrorism and gnostic Christianity and organic farming and the origins of the Pauline epistles and the evils of social media, this might be for you. [more inside]
After browsing through my Amazon.com Wish List daily for used book deals, I decided to write a program to do the work for me. [more inside]
is a new webcomic I've started. Jokes about books- so far I've done Rand, Mailer, Milton, Vidal, Thompson, and Tolkien. Lots more to come, with at least one update a week. Oh, and the "About" page features the most dignified picture of me ever taken.
A book for chldren.
The "New Books Network" is a consortium of 70 podcast channels. Each channel is devoted to a particular field (history, biology, literature, law, etc.), hosted by an expert in that field, and features hour-long interviews with the authors of new books in that field. The podcasts are free and available on the "New Books" channels, by RSS, and on iTunes. We are seeking people who would like to participate in the project, both as hosts and editors. Those interested should contact Marshall Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who have written or would like to recommend a book to be featured on a "New Books" channel, we also welcome pitches.
Every week I choose one book title and post four covers from different countries.
My debut young adult novel, Like Mandarin, will be released by Random House Tuesday! [more inside]
A year in the making, the book I co-edited is now out! The book includes inventive, thoughtful, and funny pieces in which Jonathan Lethem, Rivka Galchen, Benjamin Kunkel, Joe Meno, Deb Olin Unferth, and many others consider the landscape as the literary world faces a revolution, a sudden change in the way we buy, produce, and read books. [more inside]
Hello fellow MeFites, THE GAMES BIBLE is out as of last fall. Metafilter contributed a bunch of ideas for my games parties and even a game or two (which I used with permission). [more inside]
No, not that kind of heroine. 12 amazing book bloggers join me throughout February to celebrate their favorite literary heroines. Along the way, conversation is sparked and plenty of prizes are won. [more inside]
I created a slide show to describe how books are made from my perspective as an editor. The slide show is made up of doodles that I drew during several of the many, many meetings an editor goes to each week.
A book of fake baby names, full PDF and twitter as well.
A couple years ago I wrote an autocrop algorithm for the Internet Archive, but never had time to optimize it, and it was never deployed because it was too slow to run in realtime. The algorithm works well for books imaged using the archive.org Scribe bookscanner. Here is example output of the autocrop algorithm, with a comparison of the same book cropped and deskewed by a human.
The pointless weblog is a place where I post scans of some of my old and partially forgotten things, like papercaft spaceships, 80s comic strips, top trumps, puzzles, and other nostalgic things, as well as a science fiction story my brother wrote when he was about 7, and photos of my nan growing up in pre-war france. [more inside]
To try to make something useful out of my pretty useless best skill (reading really, really fast) and to practice drawing, I've started Bibliovermis.com, where I post book reviews in pictures. Highlights so far: illustrated about page, dragons in hats, the day I learned about perspective.
We've started a book club over at The Rumpus. Members of the book club get books before they're released, participate in discussions on the site, and chat with the author of the book at the end of the month just before the book's publication. The basic idea is that we're choosing good, literary books that you wouldn't have heard of otherwise, often published by smaller presses. [more inside]
I have a blog to keep track of all the books I read. I'm trying to read 300 books in 2010! [more inside]
The Internet Archive has launched a project to make books available to the print-disabled community in the DAISY format. Donate books to IA and we will turn them into DAISY books, which will be made available on the relaunched Open Library site. [more inside]
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