I heard some of you were disappointed by the first presidential debate. Uncle Fluffy showed up; the first lady did not cut the president’s tie beforehand; etc. **
Well, I hate to be that person who always Barks about The West Wing, considering that it aired from 1999 (gasp) to 2006, but you might enjoy this. In Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times on Saturday, she featured a fictional conversation between President Bartlett and President Obama, written by Aaron Sorkin.
Here’s a sample. Read her full column for the rest, though the bulk of it is not actually a scene so much as a list of misrepresented “facts” during the debate. But whatever. I like imagining Bartlett scolding Obama. Read more »
In March there was much debate about whether people would begin subscribing to the New York Times since the newspaper began charging for previously free online access. I decided that I would finally make good and subscribe. One of the reasons I hadn’t yet was because the massive amount of paper involved in a daily newspaper subscription horrifies me. But with the new subscriptions, online-only access was going to be an option—the perfect option for me.
The weird thing is that I continued to be able to click on what seemed like unlimited articles each month. This is where the first of two embarrassing parts of this post comes in. After telling people, with pride, that I read the New York Times online, I discovered I had never read more than the 20 free articles in a month. I don’t suppose reading less than one article a day really counts as being a legitimate “reader” of a newspaper. Read more »
There’s been lots of buzz this past month about new things happening in the world of delivering content in electronic form. Here are some of the more interesting articles I read.
Apple and Google are competing to present publishers with the best version of publishing magazines and newspapers on the Apple and Android operating systems. This New York Times article does a good job of comparing the pros and cons of what’s offered. This video—also from NYT—shows what the two platforms look like.
According to the Library Journal, many librarians are frustrated with the current systems available to allow patrons to check out ebooks. HarperCollins putting a cap of 26 loans on their books are not making things better.
The debate over Senate Bill 3804 is heating up. This bill, which would allow the Department of Justice to shut down internet domains they find guilty of copyright infringements, is already supported by the Screen Actors Guild, the Movie Picture Association of America, and the Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, among others. Now, prominent authors are adding their $0.02, like Nora Roberts in this letter. On February 8th, there was a Senate Hearing titled “Targeting Websites Dedicated To Stealing American Intellectual Property” in which author Scott Turrow participated in his role of president of the Authors Guild. So far, there hasn’t been a vote.
Want to share any other exciting eNews about the ePublishing world?
Thanks to Sam L’s post a week or so ago, we had our own discussion here on Bark about Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times article critizising memoirs. Since then, I’ve followed the buzz online about the article, mulling over my own response and defense of why I love the memoir genre.
Then this Monday, Brevity’s managing editor and Ph.D candidate in non-fiction at Ohio University Liz Stephens said everything I wanted to say and more. And did it much more eloquently than I ever could:
I will always be mired in the everyday. Still, my quotidian life fascinates me so much that I want to know what others make of it as well, of their train rides, their errands through the streets, their awkward exchanges with daughters….Every big moment is only, it seems to me, while you’re feeling it, small moments stacked up.
And then she said a lot more great stuff, and then she got to this:
Nevertheless, am I interested in all the memoirs out today? Heck no. Some of them I think are not worth the paper they’re printed on. Let’s be honest, you think it too. But what supreme elitism to suppose those might not speak to other readers. The fact that I turn my nose up at some memoir I consider a matter of personal taste, and certainly while my brand of “taste” has been validated by a sort of educated cultural elite, only extreme myopia would lead me to think no other “taste” might be considered worse or better.
Then she backed up her opinions with some great research and listed a bunch of brilliant memoirs, and then she wrote this: Read more »
I’m pretty sure this means published e-authors can stop defending their work when asked when they’re going to write a “real book.”
From the New York Times article:
Janet Elder, the editor of news surveys and election analysis for The Times, said the newspaper had spent two years creating a system that tracks and verifies e-book sales.
“We’ve had our eye on e-book sales since e-books began,” Ms. Elder said. “It was clear that e-books were taking a greater and greater share of total sales, and we wanted to be able to tell our readers which titles were selling and how they fit together with print sales.”
“i love that book!”
“what’s it about?”
i have this problem where i forget huge swaths of books i’ve read, books i’ve loved, books i even claim to be in my top 5 of all time, ever. it’s nice to know that i’m not the only one. in the times, james collins has an essay, “the plot escapes me,” where he, too, cops to basically forgetting what happened exactly in the amazing adventures of kavalier & clay (i recall a tender moment between two young men, maybe inside a statue or globe or something, at like a world’s fair, plus a business card at the end which made several girls i know cry). i once summarized, on twitter, a self-proclaimed favorite book as such:
undrwrld-delillo: kid nabs famous baseball, othr kid grafittis NYC, killer on loose, sex w sax, plane graveyard, cold war sux
in that case, i was actually kinda grateful for the 140 character limit because i’m pretty sure i couldn’t tell you anything more about the book than that. but mr. collins, and the neurologist/former lit major he interviewed, assure me that this is okay. that books we read have a profound effect on us, whether we have total recall of them or not. which is good news for me. i was kinda worried that i’d pissed away my undergrad years because i don’t remember precisely how plato’s republic plays out. or anything i read during an entire semester of russian literature. so it’s nice that science can justify my poor memory. now i look forward to forgetting what toni morrison’s a mercy was all about. oh, wait—that already happened.
oh, and btw: in case you’re prone to forgetting movie plots, too, refresh your memory with uncomfortable plot summaries.