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Tuesday News: Argentina is a writer’s heaven (also a haven); NPRs Best YA list under fire; and a little lesson on GIFs

Tuesday News: Argentina is a writer’s heaven (also a haven); NPRs...

Image via Big Stock Photo. The Lakes in Patagonia, Argentina

“It is not enough for this city to boast cavernous bookstores that stay open past midnight, broad avenues once roamed by literary giants like Jorge Luis Borges, cafes serving copious amounts of beef and red wine, or even a bizarre neo-Gothic skyscraper, the Palacio Barolo, inspired by Dante’s “Divine Comedy.”… Now, writers have yet another reason to live here: pensions.”

“Clearly, audience-selected “Best Ever” lists are dangerous and problematic, but the absence of any indication of NPR’s awareness of the glaring neglect on their list is also troubling. A list of “Best-Ever” books that declares only two books about teens of color worthy keeps all of these amazing stories in the margins, and arguably marginalizes them even further. When the world of reading remains so predominantly white, children and teens of color receive the clear message that they don’t belong. It sends a message directly from readers as well as NPR that writing about people of color is not valuable or valued, that their stories aren’t as important as the trials and tribulations of Edward and Bella; the Twilight series ranks #27. “Shakesville

“And perhaps, therein lies the true appeal of young adult literature: The stories and the genre itself represent a world of limitless potential. As a young reader, I didnt comprehend that the opportunity to disappear into the lives and adventures of strong-willed young women represented a kind of feminist victory. I was blissfully unconcerned with the gender of my favorite authors, or what reviewers might think of my beloved fictional worlds.” Atlantic

“More compelling than a static photo and more immediate than Web video, the animated GIF (correctly pronounced with a soft g) is a uniquely digital mode of conveying ideas and emotion. Like the Twitter hashtag, which has transitioned from a functional way of sorting content to its own part of speech, the animated GIF has gone from a simple file type to its own mode of expression. GIFs have grown up, and they are everywhere right now.” Poynter

“As an example of how that might work, Cannon showed me a small device he and Sarver created called the Bottlenose. It’s a rectangle of black metal about half the size of a pack of cigarettes that slips over your finger. Named after the echolocation used by dolphins, it sends out an electromagnetic pulse and measures the time it take to bounce back. Cannon slips it over his finger and closes his eyes. “I can kind of sweep the room and get this picture of where things are.” He twirls around the half empty basement, eyes closed, then stops, pointing directly at my chest. “The magnet in my finger is extremely sensitive to these waves. So the Bottlenose can tell me the shape of things around me and how far away they are.””The Verge

Thursday News: More About Mars; Ebooks are for genre readers; Print books are for the literary fiction readers or so says David Hewson

Thursday News: More About Mars; Ebooks are for genre readers; Print...

I feel for you Hitler, I really do. That said, my little index finger will be hovering over the buy button on the 12th.

In short… if you’re looking to the ereading revolution to save interesting, innovative and revolutionary writing then Ewan Morrison’s bang on: you’re looking in the wrong place. The challenge for those of us who care about quality is going to be to find the texture, resonance and depth of ‘literature’ — whatever that is — within the tight strictures of an undeviating narrative shorn of anything the average reader might regard as ‘art’.” David Hewson

A long time ago, I wrote an article about how literary fiction writers should embrace digital publishing. This author, a literary fiction writer, claims that digital books (which he seems to equate with self published ones) do not do well in digital because digital readers are genre readers; not literary fiction readers. He has some interesting things to say. I don’t think I really agree with him wholeheartedly in part because literary fiction people have been some of the strongest advocates of the print form, eschewing digital. It may be that the primary audience of Hewson’s books simply prefer reading print and therefore self publishing digitally is missing the main audience.

This is the text of an order in the Oracle v. Google intellectual property case. I think the list of paid journalists and bloggers could be really interesting and potentially damaging if these writers haven’t previously disclosed.

I was wondering why the photos from Curiosity were so poor I needed everything labeled (and possibly even when they are in high res, I will need labels) but the good news is that better, amazing photos are yet to come.  And just as I was getting this article ready to go, this panoramic image of Mars was posted.

Why wait until there is a crisis to make a change?


You can’t help but wonder if HarperCollins wishes the ABA, BN, and Authors Guild etc would stop protesting the settlement of a very expensive lawsuit for HC.