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So Why Read (Fiction) Any More? « Commentary Magazine
"The truth is otherwise. Remove the author and all you do is to remove every restraint upon Narcissistic Reading Disorder. To read an author is to read someone different from ourselves. Reading is not a means of self-affirmation, but of self-denial. Any book that is any good challenges its readers…

Hence reading is self-mastery, because the self (and its affirmations) are held in check while the author (and his structures of thought) are fully attended to. True diversity in literature would be to read authors in circumstances as different from our own as possible, because we might then imagine ourselves as different than we are — not the creature of circumstances, but their master. Reading is fundamental, all right: to a person’s ethical development."

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2012  jvcunningham  victordavishanson  roalndbarthes  christopherhitchens  self-denial  self-mastery  umbertoeco  foucault  narcissisticreadingdisordet  narcissism  fiction  learning  empathy  reading  authors  literature  michelfoucault 
february 2012 by robertogreco
From the sidebar:


Readers sometimes want to buy copies of The Last Samurai for friends. It's tempting to buy the book "As New" for $1.70 + $3.99 postage rather than for $14.95 with free shipping in an order of $20 or more, especially if there are many, many friends. The author gets nothing on a secondhand sale -- but then, the author would get only $1.12 on the new book. To send the author $1.12 the reader would have to pay an extra $9.24. That's a pretty expensive goodwill gesture.

Goodwill doesn't have to cost that much. PayPal takes 30 cents + 3% on each transaction; if you send the author $1.50 by PayPal she will get $1.15. So only 35 cents of the goodwill gesture goes to a middleman. It would look like highway robbery if we hadn't seen the competition."

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helendewitt  books  literature  authors  writing  secondhandsales  paypal  royalties  money 
october 2011 by robertogreco
Urinating on Jorge Luis Borges's grave was an artistic act, says Chilean writer | Books | The Guardian
"Book cover depicting Eduardo Labarca apparently urinating on author's grave provokes outrage in Argentina"

"Labarca told Argentina's that Borges's talent as a writer had not been matched by his behaviour outside literature.

"Anyone who is offended by this is very short-sighted," he said. "Borges was a giant as a writer but I feel complete contempt for him as a citizen. As an old man, almost blind, he came to meet the dictator Pinochet in the days when he was busy killing."

Borges was delighted with Pinochet. "He is an excellent person," he said afterwards. "The fact is that here, and in my country and in Uruguay, liberty and order are being saved.""
chile  authors  argentina  politics  books  borges  pinochet  eduardolabarca 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Humans TXT: We Are People, Not Machines.
"What is it?
An initiative to know the creators of the website.

A TXT file that contains the information about the different people who have contributed to the web building.

Why a TXT?
It's simple and fast to create.

Because it is not intrusive with the code. The owners of the sites are usually reluctant to let the creators of their sites to sign them, claiming that it reduces their effiency. This way, you can prove your authorship (not property) in an extern, fast, easy and accessible way."
webdev  web  programming  design  standards  html  txt  human  authors  authorship  webdesign 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Blogger, Reporter, Author « Snarkmarket [One of three Snarkmarket posts on Marc Ambinder's "I Am a Blogger No Longer", links to them all here:]
"So far, we have lived in a world where most the bloggers who have been successful have done so by being authors — by being taken seriously as distinct voices and personalities with particular obsessions and expertise about the world. And that colors — I won’t say distorts, but I almost mean that — our perception of what blogging is.<br />
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There are plenty of professional bloggers who don’t have that. (I read tech blogs every day, and couldn’t name you a single person who writes for Engadget right now.) They might conform to a different stereotype about bloggers. But that’s okay. I really did write snarky things about obscure gadgets in my basement while wearing pajama pants this morning. But I don’t act, write, think, or dress like that every day."
blogging  journalism  timcarmody  snarkmarket  blogs  marcambinder  authors  athorship  writing  writers  identity  voice  publishing  newspapers  magazines 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Jack London's many sides emerge in James L. Haley's Wolf. - By Johann Hari - Slate Magazine
"The United States has a startling ability to take its most angry, edgy radicals and turn them into cuddly eunuchs. The process begins the moment they die. Mark Twain is remembered as a quipster forever floating down the Mississippi River at sunset, while his polemics against the violent birth of the American empire lie unread and unremembered. Martin Luther King is remembered for his prose-poetry about children holding hands on a hill in Alabama, but few recall that he said the U.S. government was "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

But perhaps the greatest act of historical castration is of Jack London. This man was the most-read revolutionary Socialist in American history, agitating for violent overthrow of the government and the assassination of political leaders—and he is remembered now for writing a cute story about a dog. It's as if the Black Panthers were remembered, a century from now, for adding a pink tint to their afros."
jacklondon  addiction  alcohol  socialism  alcoholism  literature  history  biography  authors  racism  us  marktwain  memory  via:lukneff  johannhari  via:lukeneff 
august 2010 by robertogreco
I Write Like
"Check what famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them to those of the famous writers.
analysis  language  literature  comparison  writing  fun  english  authors  classideas  via:robinsloan 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Inklings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford...between early 1930s & late 1949...regular members... J. R. R. "Tollers" Tolkien, C. S. "Jack" Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Christopher Tolkien (J. R. R. Tolkien's so
literature  history  authors  inklings  groups  learning  community  scenius 
june 2008 by robertogreco
"Urbis is a creative community with three types of users: creative people, those who love and support creative people, and those who have opportunities for creative people."
advice  art  writing  poetry  shortstories  community  authors  collaborative  english  critique  networking 
august 2007 by robertogreco
The Believer - Interview with David Simon
"fuck the average reader...He knows nothing & he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell." "2 ways of traveling...w/ tour guide, who takes you to crap everyone sees...take snapshot, move on, experiencing nothing beyond crude visual & retention of few facts....other way...requires more time...stay in one place...put up your bag & go down to the local pub or the fool a bit & make some friends & open yourself up to a new place...time...people, soon you have a sense of another world entirely. We’re after this: Making television into that kind of travel, intellectually. Bringing those pieces of America that are obscured, ignored, otherwise segregated from ordinary & effectively arguing their relevance & existence to ordinary Americans. Saying...This is part of the country you have made. This too is who we are & what we have built."
authors  interviews  writing  davidsimon  storytelling  thewire  television  tv  baltimore  society  politics  culture  hbo  travel  cv  journalism  howwework  entertainment  slow  slowtravel  diggingin  ethnography  authenticity  crime  nickhornby 
august 2007 by robertogreco

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