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Thursday News: Cool sentence diagramming art, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook, cultivating Pride & Prejudice style, and petitioning Jeff Bezos

Thursday News: Cool sentence diagramming art, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook,...

25 Literary Opening Lines Diagrammed on One Giant Poster – Using the Reed-Kellogg sentence diagramming model, Pop Chart Lab has created a poster consisting of 25 opening lines from classic works of fiction. “Call Me Ishmael,” (Moby Dick) to “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was going in New York (Plath’s The Bell Jar), this “Diagrammatical Dissertation” is a feat of grammatical construction, literary analysis, and visual art, all in one, and it’s even for sale (of course I’ll be buying one) –Mental Floss

As Barnes & Noble Nook revenues slide 50%, the company says it’s launching another tablet – For those of you following the soap opera that is now Barnes & Noble’s corporate strategic planning, and despite the continuing (current) losses and layoffs, the company is planning to release a new Nook color tablet “in early fiscal 2015.” According to the Gigaom article, “The goal is to ‘reverse the content sales decline,’” and the company is apparently trying to partner with a hardware developer to design and produce the new device.

The company laid off or lost 190 Nook employees during the quarter — 26 percent of the Nook team, according to CEO Michael Huseby on the earnings call Wednesday — and about 500 Nook employees remaining in Palo Alto and New York. The company also suggested more cuts are on the way. From the release: “[S]taffing levels in certain areas of the organization have changed, leading to certain job eliminations after the quarter ended. These ongoing efforts may involve additional actions.” –Gigaom

What to Wear: Sleepwear for the Ruined, Inspired by Pride & Prejudice – It surprises me that considering I’m not really into the whole Pride and Prejudice phenom, I still find stuff like this cute. But I do, and therefore I’m sharing it with you. A series of blog posts in which episodes of the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice are used as inspiration for fashion styling. And it’s pretty remarkable how well current fashions seem to reflect the Regency-esque costumes.Also, who can resist the blog title “Sleepwear for the Ruined”? –Emily Style

Protect Amazon.com Users and Indie Publishing Authors from Bullying and Harassment by Removing Anonymity and Requiring Identity Verification for Reviewing and Forum Participation – I hesitated posting about this, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to give it more publicity, but in the end, I could not resist Ann Rice’s reference to Amazon “gangster bullies.” This petition, drafted by Todd Barselow, senior editor at Imajin Books, and supported by Rice, asks Amazon to require that everyone who leaves a review does so without the protection of a pseudonym.

I’m not exactly sure how that’s a “flaw in the system.” Also, I didn’t check, but I’m wondering how many petition signatures have been made anonymously or under author pseudonyms…

I believe, as do countless others—many who will have signed this petition—that the reason this bullying and harassment is able to take place is because of the allowance of anonymity on Amazon. People have found ways to exploit this flaw in the system and are using it to bully, harass, and generally make life miserable for certain authors on Amazon –Change.org

Thursday News: DA offline on Friday, Shakespeare the scientist, art and failure, sensory books, a love like P&P, and B&N YA exclusives

Thursday News: DA offline on Friday, Shakespeare the scientist, art and...

“The genius from Stratford-upon-Avon has worn many hats over the years, with imaginative scholars casting him as a closet Catholic, a mainstream Protestant, an ardent capitalist, a Marxist, a misogynist, a feminist, a homosexual, a legal clerk and a cannabis dealer – yet the words “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath.” The Telegraph

“What is it that an art student is learning when she learns to use her own blindness or ignorance as a tool? That blindness can lead to insight is something I was never taught as a philosophy major, and I suspect I would not have learned it if I’d studied chemistry, history or French either. In medicine, the fledgling doctor needn’t learn how to be a patient. In none of these fields is it normally considered necessary for students to learn by systematically pulling the rug out from under their feet. That risk is peculiar to contemporary art.” The Nation

“Dubbed “sensory fiction”, the idea was developed by Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault at MIT’s media lab. The prototype story used was James Tiptree Jr’s Hugo award-winning novella The Girl Who Was Plugged in, in which the protagonist P Burke – who is deformed by pituitary dystrophy and herself experiences life through an avatar – feels “both deep love and ultimate despair, the freedom of Barcelona sunshine and the captivity of a dark damp cellar”, said the researchers.” The Guardian

“B&N has published close to 50 teen and tween exclusives. Extra material is intended to extend the storyline, add insight by providing more details about the backstory, and answer earlier readers’ questions. What’s changed recently is not so much the packaging – the books often resemble the original publications, but with a sticker indicating that they are an “exclusive” – but the way they are published. B&N has begun giving them a full-fledged marketing and publicity campaign in addition to in-store signage and placement.” Publishers Weekly