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Virtual Unreality looks virtually imbecilic from the cover on in

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is a book non-review, because it’s in large part a review of a book cover. And I apologize unreservedly to any genuine worth in the contents that I may have traduced – but I won’t hold my breath. Because wouldn’t life be wonderful if every book cover in the world, [...]

Brain research shows novices write with their eyes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Following the fascinating recent scientific research that demonstrates the effect that reading literature can have on your brain, here is some more to show how the brain works while writing. And the conclusions are surprising. As described in a paper in Elsevier journal NeuroImage, [...]

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Salon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece “Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!” and adds, “I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it [...]

New York Times embraces ‘mushrooming’ genre of cli-fi

By Dan Bloom
April 3, 2014 // 17 Comments

When the New York Times speaks, the world listens. And the paper of record didn’t even use scare quotes when it mentioned the new literary genre of cli-fi, short for climate fiction. A recent Times piece by reporter Richard Perez-Pena titled “College Classes Use Arts to Brace for [...]

The smarm debate continued: It's not about the Internet … or is it?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The literary feud about snark versus smarm kicked off at the end of this year seems set to splutter on well into 2014. Maureen Dowd, in the New York Times Sunday Review, picked it up in a piece entitled “Bigger Than Bambi,” referring to the now-notorious Bambi Rule: “If you [...]

Literary feuds: Good fun and bad taste (in the mouth)

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2013 // 1 Comment

The New Yorker has just run its eyebrow-raising compendium of literary feuds of 2013, drawing the definition of feud wide enough to loop in some real doozies. In Rachel Arons’ hands, we have, rather than writer versus writer, writer versus collective prejudice, or writer versus stereotype, or [...]

In glitchy online world, news site 'glitches' do happen

By Dan Bloom
December 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a glitchy online world, news site glitches do happen, and here’s a story to freeze your computer screen as we speak. A few weeks ago, a man in Manhattan read an op-ed in the New York Times online, and feeling he had something to say in response, he did what a lot of people do these days: [...]

Big Publishing hype machine full on for Hallberg

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 26, 2013 // 9 Comments

The race to be the next Jonathan Franzen thunders on, with Garth Risk Hallberg a shoo-in for that coveted Time Magazine front cover “Great American Novelist” position. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. Because Knopf and Jonathan Cape already have, paying respectively $2 million [...]

Derek Jeter's New "At Bat" Project: Book Publishing

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last week, my two favorite things came together – baseball and books. Even more specifically, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced he was partnering with Simon & Schuster to create a literary imprint Jeter Publishing. Those that know me know I have a large baseball card collection [...]

New York Times Weekly edition is print only in age of Internet

By Dan Bloom
November 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

Most readers of the daily print edition of the New York Times — or its daily online edition, too, metered paywall or not – do not know that the Times markets an exclusive 12-page English-language news supplement that is inserted once a week in 35 foreign language newspapers around the [...]

Amazon Publishing head quits, leaves Jurassic Park to the dinosaurs

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 26, 2013 // 2 Comments

In welcome news for some that Amazon isn’t having everything its own way, Laurence J. Kirshbaum has left Amazon Publishing after just over two years in the saddle, having failed to crack the New York publishing world on behalf of the Bezos Behemoth. Along with him, a number of other more [...]

The Debate Over Paying for News

By Joanna Cabot
September 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Matthew Ingram has a great write-up on the question of paying for news. Will people do it? Do paywalls actually generate revenue for traditional newspapers? The sobering answer is, not really—unless you are the New York Times. From the article: “Take Gannett, for example. The [...]

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