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Free Ebook: A Worker’s Writebook: How Language Creates Stories (by Jack Matthews)
August 2, 2011 | 5:34 am

amazon-searchLast year I published on Teleread a lengthy interview with author Jack Matthew as well as a preface to his work. I am happy to announce that since that time I have built an author site about his works and am helping him to digitalize old and new works.  The first major work is A Worker’s Writebook: How Language Makes Stories, a writing guide which he used to hand out to his fiction writing students. Now – until September 4 – this ebook is available free for download and DRM-free. (Normal price is 2.99).   The free download link...

Random Literary Junk & A.F.S.E.
April 21, 2010 | 11:43 pm

imageSome random stuff marginally related to ebooks:  David Rothman wrote a long personal piece about his life and career as a journalist. (He composed it in interview form, with one of his literary creations from Solomon Scandals conducting the interview). Lots of interesting tidbits which never made it on Teleread: a  ham radio conversation with Barry Goldwater, a  brief stint with the National Enquirer and his feelings of kinship with political novelist Henry Adams. He paraphrases Norman Mailer’s maxim that “writ­ers aren’t smart enough to be doc­tors or good-looking enough to be actors.” (Damn,...

Ipad: More Reviews
April 7, 2010 | 12:36 pm

image Andy Borowitz reports: iPad Wins Nobel Peace Prize. Also, on his twitter feed, he muses, “Someone needs to develop an iPad app that will make people stop talking about their iPads.” Beepo the Dolphin reviews the iPad. His verdict? “After repeatedly throwing it up in the air with my tail, the device eventually landed on the nearby concrete and wound up with a cracked face.” See also: video of Pee Wee Herman reviewing the iPad, Hitler's dismay with the iPad (oh, that joke never gets old)  and fake Steve Jobs’ Open Letter to the People of the World....

Random Ipad Links & Musings
April 6, 2010 | 10:57 pm

image A commenter remarks: Apple has negotiated a product-placement deal with the fabric of reality itself. All this week, your friends are required to tweet about iPads, and comedians are required to work the iPad into bad jokes. Obama is going to tape his weekly video address while holding an iPad. Here are some things that popped into my head after two days of ipad use. In the App store, I don’t see any indication of whether an app has an offline mode. I joyfully downloaded...

Novel in 2050 Panel at South by Southwest
March 9, 2010 | 1:01 pm

image I know this sounds a bit loony but…. Last summer, Richard Nash proposed a talk about the Novel in 2050  for South by Southwest (SXSW).  As usual, the geeks at SXSW voted it down (this happens to many worthy panel ideas).   Then I thought, these questions are good; why not have the same session anyway and have it in some room somewhere at South by Southwest?  Even if Richard Nash isn’t there to run it, I’m sure there will be enough literary geeks at SXSW to keep a good discussion going. So I wrote a little...

Interview with Jack Matthews 5 (Cultural and Literary Trends)
March 2, 2010 | 12:44 pm

Ohio Author Jack Matthews offers insights into how technology and social trends will affect the writing of fiction....

Interview with Jack Matthews 4 (Projects: Past and Present)
March 1, 2010 | 12:55 pm

imageThis is part 4 of a 5 part interview with  84 year old Ohio author Jack Matthews. See also: Part 1 ,Part 2 , Part 3, Part 5. Also: Jack Matthews (an introduction),  Jack Matthews: The Art and Sport of Book Collecting and On Choosing the Right Name for a story character by Jack Matthews. I just finished HANGER STOUT, AWAKE  (which you published in 1967, to some acclaim). This simple naive voice plus the subject matter (cars, girls, and an unusual contest) makes me wonder if the ideal reader should be an 8th grade boy. Did...

Interview with Jack Matthews 3 (On Book Collecting)
February 28, 2010 | 10:55 am

Short Story Writer Jack Matthews has traveled over a million miles in his car to collect books. Here he talks more about this crazy preoccupation....

Jack Matthews: On choosing the right name for a story character
February 28, 2010 | 10:26 am

Excerpt from Jack Matthews WORKER'S WRITEBOOK, a writing guide for his creative writing students...

Jack Matthews: The Art (and Sport) of Book Collecting
February 27, 2010 | 12:37 pm

Ohio author Jack Matthew's thoughts about book collecting & Robert Nagle's questions about its relevance to ebooks...

Interview with Jack Matthews 2 (Origins and Inspirations)
February 27, 2010 | 12:18 pm

Interview with Jack Matthews, Ohio author of philosophical short stories (Part 2)...

Interview with Jack Matthews 1 (Author and his Craft)
February 26, 2010 | 8:52 am

Interview with Jack Matthews, Ohio author of philosophical short stories (Part 1)...

Jack Matthews: An Author which the Internet Forgot
February 26, 2010 | 8:49 am

Introduction to the Literary Works of Jack Matthews, Ohio fiction writer, book collector and essayist. By Robert Nagle...

Alberto Manguel on Ereading
February 22, 2010 | 12:15 am

imageAlberto Manguel, (in an interview with PBS ArtBeat) speaks about  reading and technology. ALBERTO MANGUEL: I don't think that the definition of library has changed. Libraries have never been repositories solely of books. In Alexandria for instance, the model of the ideal library perhaps, there was a will to collect every book in the world, but at the same time they had maps and objects and there was a sense that this was a world of study and communication. The technology changes, and so electronic media should enter the library as long as we...

Should we still buy dictionaries? (My quest for the elusive Zyjgyduf)
February 16, 2010 | 4:52 am

drseussTwo months ago I wrote in an article I wrote about  how to build a better vocabulary,  I recommended buying a good dictionary – only to realize that I no longer possessed one! I have always been a dictionary fiend, but especially become one while teaching in Eastern Europe, where a good English dictionary was still a rare and valuable object. I remember the joy in my supervisor’s voice when I arranged for him to receive a brand new version of American Heritage Dictionary (AHD). I have  fond memories of reaching underneath my bed for the dictionary, looking up a common-but-unclear...

Charlie Brooker on ebooks
February 16, 2010 | 4:12 am

image A few weeks ago Paul Biba blogged about a hilarious Charlie Brooker video about how to report the news. Charlie Brooker is a kind of British Steven Colbert/Bill Moyers who analyzes current media obsessions with a cynical eye. (See his piece about mass killings  and his pilot Newswipe episode and his take on American news media).  Surprise! Brooker also writes regular columns at the Guardian too. Here’s his take on ebooks: The lack of a cover immediately alters your purchasing habits. As soon as I got the ebook, I went on a virtual shopping spree,...

Why, Netflix, Why?
January 14, 2010 | 11:33 pm

I have one question for Netflix. I need an answer. If you click on the movie metadata, you can see other films by the same director or cast member. Why on earth would Netflix not also let you browse by the name of the script writer? They don’t even list it in the metadata. I remember reading somewhere that in Shakespeare’s time his plays were very famous, and people associated them mainly with the   actors who played the leads – but nobody had  never heard of Shakespeare’s name. Shakespeare wasn’t exactly hiding his identity; in fact he published...

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