Now in Book Form

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 4:24 pm on Friday, January 15, 2010

A publishing trend that I think is dying is the snarky, single-topic blog being turned into a book. I plan to dance on the grave of this trend. I don’t know how it started, if it actually made any money, or who decided it was a good idea. And I don’t care. I only care that it dies a horrible death.Books with bad photos and no editorial concept beyond a one-note joke … you’re time is over!

Now there is a site mocking these mockeries: Look At This Idea For A Blog-to-Book Deal

Of course, perhaps they hope to actually publish a book of stuff from their Tumblr blogĀ  mocking people trying to turn their Tumblr blog into a book. I’ve decided to ignore that Ouroboros. (Read on …)

Twilight Tattoos

Filed under: Fun — joy at 4:24 pm on Friday, November 20, 2009

word pirates twilight tattoo

“Yes little Bobby and Suzy, when Grandma was 18 years old, there was this series of books called Twilight about a sparkly vampire who falls in love with a teenager. No one reads these books anymore but they were quite a to-do in my time, let me tell you. What? No, he was sparkly because his skin shown like diamonds in the sun. I don’t know why. Anyway, children, that is why I show you this tattoo. Take it as a cautionary tale of why you should not get a tattoo at a young age. I mean, did you read this thing? It’s not even punctuated properly. What was I thinking?”

More here.

Bad sex award nominees

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 1:23 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2008

Literary Review gives the “bad sex” award “with the aim of gently dissuading authors and publishers from including unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels”.

Sex is really hard to write! I don’t normally go for “bad” awards. But these are otherwise good writers (usually) confronting a real writing problem: how do you write sex that isn’t silly, too-graphic, icky, confusing … the list of adjectives goes on. It’s kind of helpful to see what they did wrong (or what they did to rub this one literary journal the wrong way)…

This year’s nominees:
James Buchan for The Gate of Air
Simon Montefiore for Sashenka
John Updike for The Widows of Eastwick
Kathy Lette for To Love, Honour and Betray
Alastair Campbell for All in the Mind
Rachel Johnson for Shire Hell
Isabel Fonseca for Attachment
Ann Allestree for Triptych of a Young Wolf
Russell Banks for The Reserve
Paulo Coelho for Brida

Nominated passage from Allestree’s novel:

“He raised himself to his knees and bent to roll his tongue around her weeping orifice. He was bringing her to a pitch of ecstasy when she heard Madame Veuve, on the landing, put down the supper tray. Whiffs of onion soup strayed over them as he engulfed her. ‘Don’t stop,’ she clamoured; she was nearly there, it was in the bag.”

via Guardian UK


Baseball Jane Austen style

Filed under: Fun,News — marcia at 7:53 pm on Friday, November 14, 2008

The book “Can We Have Our Balls Back, Please” asserts that the British invented baseball, and cites the opening pages of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” as proof.

On the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert did a great riff on what Austen baseball would be like. Here is an excerpt: (The video is also below, with the Austen bit as the second segment)

“Austen wasn’t writing about American baseball. It was a Jane Austen version, where the ball is not hurled about rudely, but introduced to the bat through proper channels at a society function. And one does not steal bases like a commoner; one sends word ahead to the next base by messenger, requesting permission to approach at the base’s leisure. Of course, what the bat cannot reveal is that though he loves the ball desperately, he has sworn an oath of loyalty to the glove to whom the ball was promised. So the bat must pretend he hates the ball, swatting at it, though he wishes nothing more than to profess his undying affection, but he can’t, he mustn’t, he shan’t! And so, the bat must retreat to the gardens of his estate and… pine.”

Living room library ~ card catalog coffee table

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 11:02 am on Saturday, October 25, 2008

I just love this coffee table made from an old library card catalog! Though, I’m not very handy, I will totally copy this if I ever see a wood card catalog for sale. -marcia
Card catalog table on Craft

Word Pirates, the movie trailer

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 7:18 pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Joy and I made this video as a ‘coming attractions’ trailer to show before the second Word Pirates reading extravaganza, which was held back in May. Enjoy! More piratey good times to come.


UPDATE: The trailer credits video is now up, too.

Have you read “Trimalchio in West Egg”?

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 8:35 am on Thursday, May 22, 2008

I hate coming up with a title for something I’ve written! I hate it, and I am really terrible at it. Of course, a title isn’t more important than your writing. However, I think the title is an important part of the work.

So I am completely amused and surprised by the, well, terrible titles F. Scott Fitzgerald had for his works. I can understand his frustration that publishers were changing the titles against his wishes. But, man, I think they ultimately did him a service.

This Side of Paradise started life as The Education of a Personage. The Beautiful and Damned was at one stage due to be called The Flight of the Rocket. But the biggest struggle of all was over the book we know as The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald wanted to call it Trimalchio or, later, Trimalchio in West Egg. There’s a reference in the story to Gatsby beginning to forfeit his role as a modern Trimalchio, but that isn’t much help to those who have never heard of Trimalchio. I’d assumed he must be some walk-on part in a lesser known play by Shakespeare, who more than any other has been pillaged for titles. In fact he’s a character in the Satyricon (by Petronius) who, Gatsby-like, is constantly entertaining on a vulgarly lavish scale. The publishers, Scribner’s, insisted on Gatsby. On the eve of publication Fitzgerald demanded that Trimalchio be reinstated. But too late. The book had already been advertised with the title that it now bears.



I see dead people’s books

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 6:55 pm on Monday, May 5, 2008

Librarything is a site where you can catalog your books. There’s a group on the site, titled “I See Dead People’s Books,” that collected the collections of some famous dead folks.

Always wonder if Tupac Shakur and Marie Antoinette read the same books? Now you can find out! (I’ll spoil this one for you … they didn’t.)

Literary Tattoos

Filed under: Fun — joy at 3:28 pm on Friday, April 25, 2008

Now, these are tattoos I like.


~ Joy

Judging a book by its beautiful cover

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 8:14 am on Sunday, April 13, 2008

I prefer the somewhat utilitarian trade paperback to the hardcover book. I usually take off the jacket and am left with a bland inflexible book. However! I saw photos of the elaborate jacket and cover design for Michael Chabon’s new book “Maps and Legends.” And wow. Cool and pretty! Also: If you remove the jacket from the book, the hardcover itself is also cool looking. The jacket comes in separate layers for each color to make the design.



via Design Related

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