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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)...