Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets the lowest dregs of Amazon. 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 >>
Get in the dugout with Chad Harbach
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 >>
The fire next time
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 >>
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?
A 21st-century literary event
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 >>
Actors read stories from Electric Literature
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 >>
Airan Kang keeps books fresh
And are they ready for prime time?
Erica Baum keeps print exciting
Today's your last chance to go to 39th Street and Fifth Avenue and watch David Farrow speed-read in a window. (If you're lazy you can watch him on a webcam.) Farrow has been ensconced at the Datavision store every day this month, reading like a fiend to promote (ostensibly) a "Reading Revolution" an ... More >>