I've started to read many of the books and articles covered by the New York Review of Books. I'd like to hear the thoughts and reactions of other active readers to these works. [more inside]
I'm part of a tiny team of people who just released a free article-recommending app for the iPhone. While building/tweaking/testing it I kept getting recommendations that make me think of good Metafilter posts, so I wanted to pass it along! In addition to having amazing content, we've built it in a way that I think folks here would really appreciate. [more inside]
I thought, "Oh, I will try to write something super commercial, something that will sell like hotcakes because it's a popular genre that lots of people love." The result of my effort has been described as like the John Waters version of the Regency era. It may never be really popular, but if you like your historical novels with fewer bonnets and balls, but brimming with disease, garbage, cadavers and suicide attempts, these might be up your alley. Oh yes, most of them are comedies, by the bye. [more inside]
This is a little light for a projects post, but I'm working on organizing some online book clubs. I was thinking people here might be interested in joining one!
Tea with the Black Dragon Author R.A.Macavoy asked me to work with her on a book... (I KNOW, right?!?!) We've now finished. [more inside]
I read my The Toast article "I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village" live on stage at HiFi bar in my robe.
As part of Open Data Day DC, I began the Books for DC (aka 'booksfordc') project with the goal of increasing user engagement with the DC Public Library's many wonderful resources. Last month, I wrote a web scraper that publishes a Twitter feed of new additions to the DCPL book catalog. And I just released a Chrome browser extension that lets you know what books and ebooks are available at the DCPL when browsing Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. [more inside]
On Must Read, you choose the one article you think everyone should read—right now—then share it with a note explaining why. Follow people who post great must-reads, and your timeline becomes a command center for vital reading; you see their current must-reads, and nothing else. [more inside]
It's time again for my annual SF/F book club! This year we're reading The Hobbit, in honor of the film out December 15. We're reading 4 chapters a week (or roughly 10 pages per day) with a goal of being halfway done when the film comes out and finishing at the end of the month. The main blog with recaps, reading mixtapes, schedules, etc. is on tumblr, but we're also on @decadventure and Facebook. (Like the facebook page and you'll be added to the closed Facebook discussion group, if that's your bag.)
I made an Android app for the popular Meow Reader website. Swipe your way through our gallery of reading cats. Be amazed by their beauty and their solid grasp of the written word. These cats are the antithesis of LOLcats, educated, refined bookworms with a curiosity that could kill. [more inside]
Syllabi is a website I "launched" last week where I'm collecting informative or educational reading across various topics. Each post covers a specific subject comprehensively, providing a comprehensive selection of relevant (mostly journalistic) writing. I'm aiming this at curious, intelligent readers with a lust for substantial reading material. [more inside]
"Debate Club for sailors... No-Holds-Barred Brain Wrestling... the Tenderest Bloodsport." WRITE CLUB isn't your father's philanthropic competitive literary event. [more inside]
I serve on the Associate Board for the global literacy organization, LitWorld. Tomorrow is a big event we've spearheaded, World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day is an international event that motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and stories, by encouraging them to participate in a global movement to advocate for every child's right to literacy, safe education, and access to books and technology. In honor of the event, LitWorld is inviting all participants to read with loved ones and new friends from now through March 9 and tally their minutes to reach the goal of 774 million minutes in honor of the 774 million people worldwide who cannot read. We've got events happening in all 50 states, over 55 countries, and online. We'd love more and it's not too late to sign up on the website to do something to share the gift of literacy with the world. It's a really big day for us and very exciting and I hope the MeFi community will join in. [more inside]