Tired of being sleek and mobile? Carry a typewriter around.
In the wake of the terrible tragedy in South Carolina, a pastor’s words are worth remembering – A 2013 speech given by Charleston’s Reverend Clementa Pinckney on the history of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has been posted on Upworthy, and in the wake of the racially-motivated shooting in the church this week, it’s even more poignant and important. Pinckney was killed along with Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., and Myra Thompson. Upworthy
He talked about how forming the denomination in the first place was an act of civil disobedience — a response to the white leaders of the Methodist Episcopal church who made the church’s black members wait to pray until after they were finished.
He talked about Denmark Vesey, a church member whose doomed slave revolt was a cry for freedom heard all across the nation.
He talked about the church’s role in mobilizing the community in the 1960s to campaign for civil rights and the equality of all men and women under the law.
But most of all, he talked about how the church’s story is America’s story. About how hard it is to make change. And how you have to fight for what you believe in.
News Corp Announces Plans to Initiate Dividend – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which owns Harper Collins, just announced that it will likely start paying a semi-annual cash dividend to stockholders, signaling that the “new” News Corp, established in 2013, is holding its own financially. However, this news accompanies another report that the company will be massively reorganizing its news publishing unit and cutting jobs. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/
“In particular, I would like to note the significant early progress of realtor.com®, which has now become the fastest-growing digital real estate site in America. In addition, the integration of Harlequin with HarperCollins Publishers has created a powerful global and digital publishing platform,” said Mr. Thomson. “These investments are already starting to pay off and we expect will bring long-term benefits to all stockholders.”
Finally, Someone Made Waterproof Books You Can Take In The Bath And To The Beach –Sure you can put your e-reading device in a plastic bag, but there’s still no good way to keep a paper book from falling into the bathtub while you’re trying to read and relax. But Bibliobath, a new company that is currently trying to raise funds on Kickstarter, is hoping to create waterproof works of “classic literature.” Personally, I think they should be mixing it up with commercial fiction, too, because I don’t remember the last time I wanted to read Macbeth in the bath, but if the idea is successful, maybe they’re branch out.–Huffington Post
How, exactly, do these waterproof books work? They’re not clunky toys like childrens’ bath books, but bound pages of synthetic paper made of polypropylene, a popular material used for other printed items such as trading cards. Initial titles include Macbeth, The Art of War, Twain’s short stories and Yeats’s poetry. A €17 (about $19) pledge to the duo’s Kickstarter will get you a single copy.
This just in: Hipsters are silly dorks; love inappropriately recontextualizing old shit –So apparently there is a new trend of using a typewriter in public spaces? Because, uh, I’m not sure why, but this blog post from Melville House Publishing has a lot to say, and be sure to check out the photos (MHP):
I’m tempted to say that there’s no harm in bringing your stupid, heavy toy with you to write god-knows-what in your grimy little booze hole or on the L train. But there is. There is plenty of harm, because not only are typewriters stupid and heavy, they are LOUD, and when you bring them with you into a public place you are saying that you do not give a single fuck about the people around you. That is rude.