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Ideological silos, blocking people on Twitter, and Elizabeth Gaskells North and South

Ideological silos, blocking people on Twitter, and Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting! A week or so ago, I read with distinct amusement the commentary of two Twitter friends who were attending the Malcolm Gladwell lecture at Book Expo America. Each was live tweeting the event, and in verbose, manic...

Interview: Pierre Proske on the Unfinished Phrase iPhone App

Interview: Pierre Proske on the Unfinished Phrase iPhone App

  If you were to ask me to name one of the more unusual collocations in the English language, 'exquisite corpse' would have to be one of them. Fortunately for those of us of squeamish constitution, it refers not to some sort of questionable forensic titillation, but rather to a type of collaborative story-telling whereby participants would turn by turn...

Daniel Dalton on Creatavist and multimodal story-telling

Daniel Dalton on Creatavist and multimodal story-telling

Late last year I attended a lecture with David Shields, author of Reality Hunger and ardent and vociferous proclaimer of the death of the novel. In Shields view, authors wishing to create new and relevant work work need to turn away from what he sees as the outmoded and irrelevant nineteenth century approach to the novel, and instead look at breaking...

Event Summary: Carlos Ruiz Zafon in conversation at the Wheeler Centre

Event Summary: Carlos Ruiz Zafon in conversation at the Wheeler Centre

    On Monday I popped along to the Wheeler Centre to see Barcelona-born, LA-based author Carlos Ruiz Zafon in conversation with local writer and broadcaster Sian Prior. As usual, I went bearing pen and paper, and took copious notes. (A video of the event will be forthcoming from the Wheeler Centre, but a sort-of-verbatim transcript never...

Hipsters, irony and The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

Hipsters, irony and The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

If [the myth of Sisyphus] is tragic, that is because its hero is conscious. Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him? writes Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus, in which he grapples with whetherand if so, howits possible to exist in a life that is without meaning. However, its in...