I would be the first to say that biodiversity is better than monoculture in the...– No Comment… « The New Adventures of Stephen Fry Bless him - who else writes a blog post and formats it into four pages??? about the iPad? The title deals with the more serious issue of trolldom, and the temporary closure of comments on said blog. I at first thought it was ironic, but no.
Providence has this awesome place where you can get left over industrial...– BIRKENSNAKE: THE MUTANT LEFT-BEHIND COUSIN YOU ALWAYS WANTED « Black Clock See, this is how a thing of beauty comes into being. Chemlawn McDermott, founder of The Kidney Press, is part of the creative team at handmade literary magazine Birkensnake, and spoke to Elizabeth Hall along with...
that rarest of things in the internet age: a cinematic Trojan horse– Banksy Movie: The Review « Desktop Australian blogger Gerard Edelson on Exit Through The Gift Shop, for Desktop. His full review will be posted on his own blog, Celluloid Tongue, in good time, in good time.
Stephen Fry to judge Guardian Hay festival's... →
How hubbly-jubbly. Wish I could be there and enter!
I stopped cramming things into the periphery of my day and letting the things I...– Preggers - From Here to Autonomy I have always loved this woman’s writing. Long may she run.
Amazon.com announced on Monday the launch of AmazonCrossing, a publishing...– Three Percent: Let’s Talk about Amazon for a Minute Chad is rather excited about this and no wonder: what would be really interesting, is if they created some sort of World Literature portal where they could push the AmazonCrossing books alongside authors like Saramago or Garcia Marquez or...
This fear is one of the horrors of an author’s life. Where does work come from?...– Aah, she was on the money, this one. I reckon I have that story here too. Time to read it!! Carson McCullers (via awritersruminations) (via libraryland)
have the first word at EWF this weekend (or the... →
It’s kicking off in Melbourne this weekend, with the official opening tomorrow night at BMW Edge (at time of writing, there were a couple of tickets left to this.) For other events this weekend, scroll down that page, or click here for the full program of Emerging Writers’ Festival events over the next nine days.
walking with my mother →
Alice has been walking and taking snaps at her mother’s instruction. The results are bewitching.
While the debate rages on about Facebook’s attitude to privacy, and in...– Your public Facebook status updates? Now publicly searchable outside Facebook Via the helpful chaps at TPUTH. Off to tell all my nieces and nephews tout de suite.
David Mitchell on turning librettist - The... →
This, I would run to the Netherlands to see. Klaas, Gerrie and I agreed that one way to honour the commission without transgressing laws of taste could be to stage nine stories in nine rooms, on an ordinary evening in an unnamed city. Nine stories would unfold simultaneously: eventful stories, quiet ones, sad ones, comic ones, thoughtful ones, brash ones. The nine occupants of the 3x3 grid...
A Plausible Portrait | Online Only | Granta Magazine The writer Thomas Mann, responding by letter to a young James Lord, wrote that he possessed ‘the gift of admiration’ which ‘above all enables a talented person to learn’. And learn he did, from Picasso and Dora Maar no less, going on to write a famous memoir that stifled the success of his fiction: Lord’s fiction was cursed by the perception...
publisher as platform: Cursor is nearly here
From Richard Nash’s blog: The best way to enable them to get the word about our books, about our community, about our writers published and unpublished, out to all the readers and writers they talk to is by participating: by having our books sold into their stores, by having our books reviewed by their conventional media that helps librarians, booksellers, and yes, even readers make...
Review of Derek Mahon's latest collection - The...
By Paul Batchelor. For a time in the 90s, Mahon’s undeluded view of human nature seemed destined to sink into cynicism; but the burst of creativity that has now produced three collections in just five years finds the poet more upbeat. Rather than offer a wry smile to humanity, he smiles wryly at himself. “At the Butler Arms” concerns the island of Sceilig Mhichíl and its...
Things haven’t always been so professionally rosy. Before this book,...– Laura Munson: How I kept my husband| The Guardian A Montana writer has created a bestseller out of her family crisis.
Ruby, by John Fuller
The Saturday Poem in The Guardian this week: Green, like a beginning thing, An emerald was my dream of true, Complete and endless like the ring You put your finger through. And now, after twice twenty years, Here are two rubies that will stand Like globes of blood upon your ears To match that emerald band. Ruby and emerald are kin, Their chromium impurity the same, The crystal field...
'...from Boulder to Birmingham' →
Quite a town now.
would you really move to nowhere with your someone if you could?– The Book Bench: What They Did For Love This book sounds beautiful. The island sounds beautiful. WHICH do I WANT?
dumbfoundry: Mascara...is fresh →
Bad Weather | QLRS Vol. 9 No. 2 Apr 2010 →
Fine poem by Australian poet Andrew Burke, written when he heard of the death of Dorothy Porter.
At thirty, when I returned from exile, I realised that my father had been right...– Alexander Herzen’s Father | Waggish From Eric’s reading of Alexander Herzen, My Life and Thoughts.