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Thanks to the dawn of e-readers and the death of the gatekeepers of traditional publishing, disenfranchised voices at last have the chanc ... More >>
"Authors are just notoriously difficult," says the publicity director in Jessica Francis Kane's story "How to Become a Publicist" from her 2002 collection Bending Heaven. While this might be true of some writers, we can't imagine anyone saying it of Kane, who was warm, cheerful, and funny when The V ... More >>
These days, it's possible to feel a perverse nostalgia for Creed, the original kings of gloss-grunge Christosterone buttrock. After Stapp and co. burned out in a blaze of ignominy, Nickelback popped into their slot at the bottom of the critical totem pole so gracefully that we barely noticed. But Cr ... More >>
By Reed Fischer
Talk to Rhymesayers royalty Brother Ali lately and he's likely to sound like he's on the campaign trail. In a sense, he is. On Tuesday, September 18, music fans will have an important decision to make. The right one would be to pick up Ali's fifth album, Mourning in America and Drea ... More >>
Every week writers for the Village Voice and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing--a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Cr ... More >>
Leon Reid IVAbout a year ago Julia Marchesi, a 32-year-old documentary film producer, saw a picture in the New York Times of sculpture in Berlin made up of a carved out tree trunk filled with bookshelves. "I just thought it was a really cool idea," she said. "A little library." That image hel ... More >>
Today in "Traditionalists Hating Technology," local literary darling Jonathan Franzen, author of the popular novels Freedom and The Corrections, has come out in opposition of e-books. Speaking at the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia, Franzen told reporters that he believes the impermanence of the ... More >>
Sometimes in the nonstop world of blogging you do something that takes a little more time, and which you're very excited about. But because of the nonstop world of blogging, and because you want to do it right, and because it takes more time to do that, the idea or scoop or interview you were so exc ... More >>
We are adidas' friends. You'll never be shoeless again. Right now in a record store (probably in Seattle or maybe in Austin), two people are flipping through used vinyl and talking about music. Inevitably, one of them will turn to the other, pick up a record and accuse that musician or band o ... More >>
Amazon's Kindle is such a popular product, some people don't even know if they own one. The above picture, via Cord Jefferson's Tumblr, is from a poll conducted by the Puget Sound Business Journal. They found that 41% of their savvy readers own Kindles while 57% do not. 2% of respondents, how ... More >>
The Lincoln Center-area Barnes & Noble is bye-bye, mainly because people are getting their reading needs accomplished in other ways than bookstores these days.
That space has become a Century 21, which makes perfect sense when you think about it.
After all, you can't get a marked-down desig ... More >>
Amazon is going to have a press conference in the city Wednesday, which probably means it's going to show the world a new tablet, the New York Times reports today. But the question that looms is: will everyone be dying to have an Amazon tablet when there's already the iPad?
via ereaderchat.comThe Amazon Kindle is kind of amazing. At the risk of sounding cheesy, you can get everything on there! Books, magazines, blogs, etc; all there on your shiny white screen! CNN explained yesterday why Amazon should just start giving the things away for free and hints that Jef ... More >>
Via RedditThe original imageThis weekend a 92-year-old man became a meme when his grandson posted his picture to web-forum Reddit. After viewing some of the photoshop work on the site, he told his grandson he wanted to "see what those young whippersnappers can do to my pic." Over 500 comments ... More >>
The 2010 National Book Awards at the Cipriani Wall Street ballroom. All the people who were at these tables are still hungover.An unlikely ballroom of people in the troubled business of literature -- publishers, editors, writers, reporters, and respective sycophants -- gather yearly to ostens ... More >>
The typical college student's time abroad is used primarily for escaping into lands of legal-age drinking and assorted other debauchery. Cooper Union student Emily Henochowicz ended up doing something slightly different with her time: protesting in the West Bank this past May. That was when s ... More >>
The first release of the Apple iPad went on sale at 9 this morning to the long lines of customers who were camped out in front of Apple Stores and Best Buys waiting to buy them. The hand-held 9.5" touchscreen computers, which can access WiFi but not yet 3G (those go on sale later this month) ... More >>
Whenever we see a piece by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker, we know exactly what's going to happen. We'll be entertained and titillated as the frizzy-haloed essayist takes us once again into the trippy world of statistics and ideas, only to confront us with evidence that some axiom or law ... More >>
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February 3, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 16
The Village Square
By John Wilcock
(With this column John Wilcock ends his regular weekly series "The Village Square" in The Village Voice. He has become an owner of a new newspaper, the East Village ... More >>
The New York Times' financial troubles have been widely reported, especially by the fun-loving guys and gals at the New York Post, who avail a "Pinch-o-Meter" to track the degree of woefulness suffered by the paper and its publisher. But the Times had a rare piece of decent news today: they got conc ... More >>