Warwick Report exposes systematic divides in UK culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Unsurprisingly from the country that gave the world the concept of philistinism, the 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – otherwise known as the Warwick Report – has found that “the government [...]

UK Arts Council launches new advocacy magazine for arts

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Perhaps mindful of some of the current UK government’s attitude towards the arts and creative disciplines, the Arts Council of England, the country’s top creative and arts funding body, has just launched a new magazine called Create, “a new journal that aims to stimulate [...]

French government’s cultural pretensions exploded by ministerial gaffe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 31, 2014 // 2 Comments

France can be proud that one of its best veteran writers, Patrick Modiano, has lived up to its great literary and intellectual traditions by winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. It can be far less proud of its current government’s continuing antics in its own rearguard action against [...]

Step up now to save Blake’s Cottage

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2014 // 3 Comments

William Blake is not only one of England’s most celebrated and beloved literary and artistic sons worldwide, he is also author of what has become the unofficial English national anthem, “Jerusalem.” Yet the cottage in Felpham, Sussex, where he composed “Jerusalem” is [...]

Sajid Javid appointment two cheers for UK culture?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

The exit of Maria Miller, former UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, over inflated expenses claims, and her replacement by Sajiv Javid, who becomes the first “the first Asian male Conservative cabinet minister,” as the BBC put it, could be seen as a positive signal for [...]

Paper books vs. e-books and the clash of bookstore cultures

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2013 // 10 Comments

Salon Magazine’s culture editor Anna North recently posted an article about how much she “hates books.” Not the collections of words—she loves reading—but the physical artifacts that have the words in them. She’s moved seven times in eight years, and has gotten tired of hauling dead [...]

Small Demons builds concordance to aid book discovery

By Chris Meadows
November 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

I ran across another one of those guest posts on Publishing Perspectives where the founder of a publishing-related business is invited to talk about the idea behind that business. This one seems to involve a method for enabling discovery of new books in the age of the e-book. Small Demons, explains [...]

Interview: “The Social Context of Reading: Five Questions for Bob Stein”

By a TeleBlog Contributor
August 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

From an Interview by Buzz Poole (via Imprint) I first learned about The Institute for the Future of the Book while working on a magazine assignment that eventually became this piece for The Millions. In getting to know Bob Stein, his colleagues and the projects they championed I became convinced [...]

“Ereaders ruined my love life!”

By Chris Walters
July 5, 2011 // 3 Comments

Lisa Lewis’ post in The New York Times’ City Room blog yesterday brought up a familiar complaint about the social aspect of ereaders—namely, that there isn’t much of one, unless you want to talk about the gadget itself. It wasn’t the first time I’d flirted my way into a [...]

Enhanced ebooks and the death of imagination

By Rich Adin
June 1, 2010 // 11 Comments

Enhanced ebooks, TV, videos, video games all share a common feature — they stifle imagination and creativity. Enhanced ebooks have a proper role to play in educating people, but perhaps not in educating the very young. OK, I admit I’m old and that I can remember back to the birth of television, [...]

Lunar Conspiracies and This Old BBS: Ancient Files Equals Good Reading!

By Tony Bandy
May 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

For those of us who’ve been around the Internet for quite a while, are you starting to feel old yet? From BBS’s on a slowwww dial-up modem to the hyper-crazed, graphics-intensive, social-media world of today, it’s been quite a wild ride. I remember hanging out in the computer lab [...]

Paleo E-books: Animé fanfic and Undocumented Features

By Chris Meadows
April 29, 2009 // 5 Comments

This series, “Paleo E-books,” looks at groups who were writing Internet literature in the late 1980s and early 1990s—well before most people had any idea what an “e-book” was. Prior “Paleo E-books” columns cover: The Superguy Mailing List The Legion of Net.Heroes & [...]

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