“There is a thing called reader’s block. It is not the same as writer’s block. In fact, reader’s block is a phenomenon partly explained as a reader’s all-too-understandable response to so many writers not having writer’s block.”—Lost for words
This story is an example of why, of late, I am finding Lifehacker to be the singular most irritating site on the entire web. It’s all about ‘save time here, speed up this task there, do something more quickly and more efficiently’ and, above all, an insidious belief that everything - absolutely everything - must come second to the remorseless grind of the nine to five. Perish the thought that your work/life balance should occasionally tip in favour of the latter. And now we’re being told that even the simple luxury of sleeping in at the weekends may impair your productivity. So perhaps it’s significant that the link to which they point readers to find out more about this supposedly ground-breaking scientific discovery is currently … broken. Probably having a lie-in.
“Someone has even compounded a helpful term to use when you call the record companies in a line-up emergency; this uninspiring, guitar-gelled Polyfilla – of which The Fratellis are a fine example – is now known by some as ‘landfill indie’.”—Does the world need another indie band?
"Expression used by rough older British blokes to describe taking a really big piss when they’ve not been to the bathroom for a while." Yes, but what about if you’ve got a prosthetic leg, and this colloquialism therefore describes something you do every evening before going to bed? I bet the Urban Dictionary folks didn’t think of that, did they?
"Actually collecting Penguin Books is not, of course, a prerequisite for membership." That’s a relief, since I have no more space for books. So I’ll just use it for my occasional fix of book design pornographic lust.
Now, I love Apple products as much as the next geek with a fetish for beautifully designed technology. But if I read one more post about the sodding iPhone, my thoughts about what sort of internal damage these handsets could inflict if shoved forcibly up an iPhone devotee’s rear end may, in fact, become an all too painful reality.
Even for a font obsessive myself, who is regularly irked that his chosen font never looks quite the same between different operating systems or even different computers, this thread seems like overkill.
It’s been exactly three weeks since I saw the reunited MBV in concert - and resolutely refused to insert the free earplugs during the sheer unadulterated noise of You Made Me Realise. To be honest, I’m still not sure that my hearing has entirely recovered from the experience. But I would rather that than have to endure the French health & safety farce described in this post.
You thought it was just about kitten videos and old clips of 1980s one hit wonders with embarrassing hairstyles. But no. There is, apparently, intellectual content on Youtube. Mostly, though, there are kitten videos and old clips of 1980s one hit wonders with embarrassing hair. Which is as it should be.
“When you read a book like Atonement - a very popular literary fiction - its form follows its function. The story is a compelling one, but how it’s told is also essential to the story itself. Those two things come together and make the book more than it would be if it was just a plot.”—Tracy Chevalier, quoted in How do you win a Booker prize? [BBC News]
Yes, I know. It’s a link from the Daily Mail. May God have mercy on my soul. However, it’s a shocking story that deserves a wider audience, and you have to show some support even to the biggest bunch of reactionary right-wing tossers when they suddenly wake up to the reality of disability discrimination.
“… the cloistered author - holed up in some wooded cabin to perfect his or her tome - has become an artifact of history. Today, cultivating and communicating with a reader base has become an essential component of building a platform and positioning oneself as viable to publishers, particularly for non-fiction … more than 70% of literary agents advise their clients to blog at least five hours a week.”—The 21st Century Writer [via]
I guess the important thing is that if you’re going to take the time and trouble to send someone an anonymous letter telling them that they’re wrong about something, or politely inform them that they have an off-putting personal hygiene problem, you should at least do it in a beautiful font.
“Right now I only want two things - you and time to write. These people out here feel sorry for me; they don’t know what I’m going to do, and they can’t understand why it doesn’t seem to worry me. It’s so sad that it makes me laugh. I feel like the man with The Secret. They tell me I need love and I laugh quietly. They tell me I need a purpose and I laugh again. I would never tell them how happy I am to know we’re going to be together again, because then they wouldn’t be able to feel sorry for me and they’d feel even worse. I really want nothing more than to be in bed with you, to stay there as long as we want, to have a roof over heads and food in our mouths and to be left alone. We already have the big thing and the rest is trivia.”—Hunter S. Thompson [via]