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Some final notes from a cold brain

The lurgy is finally lifting, thankfully. For a while there it was impossible to sleep AND breathe simultaneously. Which can add a layer of difficulty to, oh, everything. From the weekend surfing: * Rebecca Solnit, “You know, a lot of my work has been based on the field of disaster …

More from the day’s bedtime reading

Brain not much good today — kinda like a small child is living inside my head making ‘gah?!’ sounds at every new thing. But, lurgy has abated somewhat from this morning, which is cheering. Here’s some of what I read today: * Her debts now total a staggering $24 million, …

Better read

I’m home with the dreaded lurgy, so thought it timely to clean up the browser windows & list some of what I’ve been reading lately. * “These “lost” covers form a parallel universe in which the books we read and love exist in entirely different skins.” — Kill your darlings: …

Booked

In my (new & ongoing) obsession with book production, I’m interested to find out about this publishing house via Jeff VanderMeer’s blog: Write Bloody Publishing. They proclaim: “We are proud of our unique style by utilizing modern painters, photographers and rock album designers for all our book cover art.” Of …

Serialised novels: Updated

With some shows, the writers have even engaged in such discussions and it’s possible the reactions of viewers have influenced future episodes. (Although not always: Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon said to his fans, “I’m not giving you what you want – I’m giving you what you need.”) We’ve heard TV …

Reading up

Lately I’m loving the whatwasthatbook group on lj. Not only for its ability to find lost books (largely kids’ books, but also for the conversation style of its questions. See, for example: I read this book while I was in late elementary school – probably fifth or sixth grade (around …

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid

“I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid” This from the Shadow Forest Authors website, whose goal is to stop global illiteracy. (They could, er, perhaps consider the intermediary goal of re-coding how their website pages open — always …

Advertising: Killing with Kindness?

Actually, I think this is good news. We get sample chapters (as advertising) & the Sci Fi channel gets another reason to keep the exceptional scifi.com site alive. Tor Books, the largest publisher of science fiction and fantasy in the world, has teamed up with SCI FI Channel to bring …

May you live in interesting times

I am loving pepysdiary. Who knew a life that apparently dull could be so entertaining. Note to self: prepare an autobiography. Meanwhile, “Up by five o’clock, and while my man Will was getting himself ready to come up to me I took and played upon my lute a little. So …

Bury my heart … er… with the rest of me

Andre Norton wanted to be cremated with her first & last books. http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/books/03/17/obit.norton.ap/index.html How weird & delightfully creepy. When I go, I’d like to be buried with four of my closest friends. You guys don’t mind, right? Also, Norton was 93 & they had to rush her last book off …

In case you haven’t seen this already

“Journalist Hunter S. Thompson did not take his life “in a moment of haste or anger or despondency” and probably planned his suicide well in advance because of his declining health, the family’s spokesman said Wednesday. Douglas Brinkley, a historian and author who has edited some of Thompson’s work, said …