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Making Light: Familiar With Memes
"The characters in his novels send him fan letters. The New York Times apologized to him that there was no slot on their best-seller list higher than #1. He once wrote a story that consisted of a single sentence—which was serialized in three issues of The Paris Review. When he publishes a hardcover it uses up the entire world paper supply for a month just to print enough copies."
humor  memes  advertising  writing  writers 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Science fiction is the first human literature - The Early Days of a Better Nation
by Ken MacLeod
"Science fiction is the first human literature.

What I mean is that science fiction is the first literature that is primarily about what is most distinctively human, in the sense I've just described. Not to be too disparaging of mainstream literature, but the mainstream is mostly about things we share with other animals - love and hate, war and peace, dominance hierarchies, sex and violence. Science fiction of course includes these but they are not what it's about. It's a literature of causality, a literature of consequence, a literature of human activity and human agency. It's not primarily about science and technology, but about 'if ...then'. Of 'what if ...?' and 'what about ...?' and 'suppose ...' and 'if this goes on ...' "
sf  fiction  literature  criticism  writers 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Living on $500,000 a Year | The American Scholar
Looking at F. Scott Fitzgerald's tax returns to see how much money he made from writing.
literature  history  1920s  writers  writing  money  work  labor 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Hell in a handcart « Trench Fever
The problem with grumbling at ‘popular history’ in any of its forms is that it can appear elitist, which is particularly inappropriate at a time when the internet is making it easier for people who wouldn’t count themselves as professional historian
history  historiography  popular  writers  crowdsourcing  expertise 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Human Smoke, by Nicholson Baker - Reviews, Books - The Independent
Mostly negative review of Baker's book. Disputes his reading of Churchill as causing the war.
history  world-war-2  war  20c  holocaust  historiography  literature  writers 
june 2008 by tsuomela
The Aldo Leopold Archives
Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th Century. Leopold's legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, pri
environment  archive  writers  conservation  nature 
may 2008 by tsuomela
02138 § A Million Little Writers
Welcome to the world of celebrity academics–and the behind-the-scenes scribes who help make their fame and fortune possible.
academia  culture  writers  writing  research  graduate-students 
december 2007 by tsuomela
Notes From The Geek Show: The Art of Life
Like any art form, sentience works by creating patterns, points of tension and moments of release. Every sentient being is a composition of affects, its elements in conflict or balance, a fragmented unity.
sf  authors  aesthetics  philosophy  art  writers  writing  consciousness 
may 2007 by tsuomela
Lorem Ipsum: Dirge Without Music
Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, on mortality and death.
poetry  poem  writers  quotes 
december 2006 by tsuomela
Jane Espenson
help new writers tackle the job of writing those all-important spec scripts -- from picking the right show to spec, to developing an idea, to getting that dialogue exactly right, to giving the script that professional look.
weblog-individual  writers  writing  television 
november 2006 by tsuomela

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