James Gurney answers
"What inspired you really to create Dinotopia?"."Myths and stories ARE real, I tried to tell her. And they're enduring. They're the one thing that lives on through the years as the physical monuments of old civilizations crumble into dust... The key to inventing Dinotopia was believing that it already existed beyond the confines of my own mind. Even if I couldn’t tell the the latitude and longitude, I believed it was out there somewhere beyond the reach of my senses. To engage readers with that reality I had to pay attention to the spaces between the paintings, the moments poised across the page turn, which each reader conjures anew." [more inside]
posted by flex
on Dec 20, 2011 -
The Library: [SLYT]
A film by Sergey Stefanovich. A journey through Duncan Fallowell's library which has spilled over into every available space and become an art installation in its own right. With the writer talking.
posted by Fizz
on Dec 20, 2011 -
How well do you really know old Arty? It all began with the Welsh: The The Annales Cabriae (inside) and parts of the Welsh oral tradition (later collected into the Mabinogion
) give a very different picture of the popular King Arthur than contemporary readers are familiar with: no Lancelot, three or four different Guens, no love triangles or Holy Grails. A look at the vast scope of the Arthurian legend. [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe
on Dec 19, 2011 -
The Rabbit Dreams of Dr. Freud's Niece
- An illustrator of children's books, Sigmund Freud's niece Martha went by the name Tom, wore men's clothing, and died by her own hand in her late 30s, a year after her husband's suicide. BibliOdyssey recently featured some of her early work from Das Baby-Liederbuch
, noting that because she was Jewish, many of her books were destroyed in the Nazi era and are scarce in the book trade. More about the artist and her work at Tom Seidmann-Freud
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 18, 2011 -
Despite the popularity of long-arc, serialized TV shows, no one really wants to read serialized fiction
, apparently. That's not stopped anyone from trying, though, like say Stephen King with The Green Mile
and The Plant
, semi-successful efforts from a mega-successful author
. That was before the current rise of the ebook, though, and a few authors
) are betting technology will turn serialized novels into the next big
thing, that we're in "the perfect environment for a resurgence.
posted by nospecialfx
on Dec 7, 2011 -
In reflecting on the project, McAllister feels “caught between the intimacy of each individual response, and the pattern of the cumulative replies.” The question remains: Why did they answer? McAllister claims no credit, describing his survey form as “barely literate.” He recalls that in his cover letter (no examples of which exist) he misused the word precocious—he meant presumptuous—and in hindsight he sees that he was both, though few writers seemed to mind. “The conclusion I came to was that nobody had asked them. New Criticism was about the scholars and the text; writers were cut out of the equation. Scholars would talk about symbolism in writing, but no one had asked the writers.” Sixteen year old boy dislikes English homework, goes outside the chain of command.
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Dec 5, 2011 -
Maria Popova may be the best curator of Awesome on the Internet after the blue's own hivemind. Her site, Brain Pickings
, has been mentioned
a few times
, but no-one appears to have pointed out her Twitter feed
or her contributions to TBWA's tumblr, Curiosity Counts
. Some recent posts of note: a piece on digital parasitism and the business of culture
, Terry Prachett's self-documentary Choosing To Die
, her selection of the best children's and picture books of 2011
. Also, the best of Brain Pickings from last week
. When not doing all that, she's writing for several magazines, organising
the effort to restock
the Brookyn OWS library after its destruction by police, and curating physical objects, sent as gifts every quarter
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Nov 21, 2011 -
In which "the author tries—and fails—to cash in on a big idea"
. Warning: skippable full-screen ad alert. Behind it is an article in the Atlantic (the magazine, not the ocean). Of possible interest to fans and critics of the popular science genre of books, Wikipedians, and underdog/failure sympathisers.
posted by nthdegx
on Nov 18, 2011 -
is an exhibition at New Haven (Connecticut) libraries that contemplates our personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as this venerable institution—and the information it contains—is being radically transformed by the digital era. Some examples: Untitled (Suburban Homes)
by Erica Baum, Hurricanes
by Chris Coffin, and Chinese Library No. 46
by Xiaoze Xie.
posted by carter
on Nov 15, 2011 -
(Belgium, 1971, aka ‘The Legend of Doom House’) is a movie
that has been described as ‘bizarre, lurid and baffling;’ ‘a mysterious curiosity;’ and ‘exquisitely bonkers.’ An international cast led by Mathieu Carrière and Susan Hampshire (playing five
rôles) also included Orson Welles
. Its director, Harry Kümel
, is otherwise best known for his stylish lesbian
vampire flick Les Lèvres Rouges
’). The movie
was adapted from an unusual
, first published in wartime Brussels—the work
of Jean Ray
(aka Raymond Jean-Marie de Kremer): a convicted embezzler & prolific hack
, who was, nevertheless, one of the foremost exponents
of the fantastique
in French-language fiction. Please note that some of the links above are NSFW
(some nudity) & several contain SPOILERS
. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch
on Nov 14, 2011 -
I don’t believe in dissing books I used to love, and I always suspect the moral judgment of people who sneer at the taste of the reader they used to be: “I know thee not, old book.”
Six writers talk what's on their shelves.
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Nov 12, 2011 -
"This Halloween, give somebody a scary book, to read. That's it. That's the idea. It's going to be a tradition.
" It's an idea Neil Gaiman came up a year ago
. It's called All Hallow's Read
, with a website and everything, which has book recommendations of all sorts
, plus stickers, bookmarks, cards, and a small story you can print off
, as well as a poster contest for next year's event
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 31, 2011 -
The book covers at Paris's famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore come to life in this stop-motion collaboration between director Spike Jonze and designer Olympia Le-Tan, Mourir Auprès De Toi
(To Die By Your Side). [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Oct 19, 2011 -
Do Androids Dream of Electric Authors? [NYTimes.com]
"So who was Lambert M. Surhone? Just looking at the numbers, you could argue that he’s one of the most prolific creators of literature who ever lived. But was he even human? There are now software programs — robots, if you will — that can gather text and organize it into a book. Surhone might be one of them."
posted by Fizz
on Oct 16, 2011 -
"Madeleine encounters Leonard in the lit crit seminar. He's a hulking, attractive guy who alternates between silence and bursts of intellectual virtuosity. He chews tobacco. He wears a bandanna. He's David Foster Wallace
." (via Slate) [more inside]
posted by GraceCathedral
on Oct 10, 2011 -
British Fantasy Award winner returns prize; Sam Stone hands back award after criticism of judging process. [The Guardian]
"Controversy has riven the 40-year-old British Fantasy Awards, with the winner of the best novel prize handing her award back just three days after it was bestowed.
But the organisation and presentation of the awards has been drawing criticism since then, culminating in Sam Stone, the winner of the best novel award – named after American writer and editor August Derleth – announcing yesterday that she is giving it back.
The biggest attack on the awards was delivered by editor and anthologist Stephen Jones, who on Tuesday posted a lengthy blog
decrying the organisation of the BFAs and making several allegations against awards co-ordinator and British Fantasy Society chairman David Howe."
posted by Fizz
on Oct 6, 2011 -
An American writer hasn't won the Nobel Prize for Literature since 1993 (Toni Morrison). Slate's Alexander Nazaryan tells us why
: "The rising generation of writers behind Oates, Roth and DeLillo are dominated by Great Male Narcissists — even the writers who aren’t male (or white)."
posted by bardic
on Oct 4, 2011 -
In 1977-1978, a public access TV show called Public Access Poetry
featured leading poets from across the country (Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, John Yau, Brad Gooch, just to name a few). [more inside]
posted by mattbucher
on Sep 23, 2011 -
Enclyclopedia Brown is a children's fiction series written by Donald J. Sobol since 1963 and still very popular today. These are the 10 most ridiculously difficult mysteries
in the series and baffling as to how a child is supposed to be able to solve them.
posted by rozomon
on Aug 30, 2011 -
Biomedical Ephemera, or, a Frog for your Boils
is "A blog for all biological and medical ephemera, from the age of Abraham through the era of medical quackery and cure-all nostrums. Sometimes featuring illustrations of diseases and conditions of the times, sometimes fascinating ephemeral medical equipment, and sometimes clippings and information about the theories themselves." The archive page
is also a useful starting point. via Things Magazine.
posted by Rumple
on Aug 29, 2011 -