March 14, 2006

Slate into Fiction
bloglogo3.jpg“They call at all hours with a thousand problems and our satellites fix their locations to the square foot while our operators tgry to help them or put them in touch with specialists who can.” That's the opening sentence of The Unbinding, an novel by Walter Kirn and being published online, free-of-charge. It available in a Web page (html) format or as an Adobe file (pdf).

The Haunting of a First Book
Three decades ago, Richard Dawkins wrote The Selfish Gene. Regardless of how many other books he writes, people still want to talk about his first. He writes about that experience in the essay “It's All in the Genes” for the London Times. A few postings away, Martin West's translation of A new Sappho poem awaits.

Literary Theory Up Against the Ropes?
“This indicates the brittleness of the book's resources for combating scepticism about literary value. One element of its diagnosis is shtat literary theorists simply have not read enough proper philosophy.” That's a single sentence from a lengthy review by Simon Jarvis for TLS of Theory's Empire, an anthrology edited by Daphne Patai and Will H. Corrals.

Consequences of Freying
“Unlike nonfiction — memoirs included — fiction makes no claim to reality. Works of the imagination — better known as literature — are totally unfettered from what actually has happened. A work of imagination does need to have its own inner logic. For the sake of verisimilitude, the details chosen by the storyteller must make sense within the reality she has chosen to create.” Those are the thoughts of Margo Hammond in her column “To Tell the Truth, We Should Value Fiction” for the Kansas City Star.

Jump-starting a Novel
Divorce again. Several friends die. Having no clue as to what a writer does. These three events swirled around Kaye Gibbons. She started thinking of Ellen Foster from her first novel and she ended up writing The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster. Martha Waggoner of the Associated Press found out more in the Wichita Eagle.

The Google Book Sale
The Internet giant is offering viewers a chance to sign in and purchase immediate, browser-based access to books. The individuals could not save a copy of the book to their computer. The viewers would have to purchase the book from the publishers or book seller, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Borders or whatever.

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