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Amazon.com to Acquire comiXology:

comixology:

SEATTLE—April 10, 2014—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and…

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philsandifer:

Fun fact - none of the people involved in the lawsuit to try to claim that Sherlock Holmes is not in the public domain because a handful of stories are still protected by copyright are actually descendants of Arthur Conan Doyle. The entire “Arthur Conan Doyle Estate” consists of nothing but…

Because while the Situationists came gloriously close to overthrowing the structure of the world, or at least, of France, they failed. It didn’t work. And being a Situationist is thus impossible today, at least in the fully worked sense. (Indeed, it was rough at the time, given the Situationists’ fondness for ousting people from their number) All that’s left is to appropriate Situationist ideas for new contexts - contexts that would necessarily upset the Situationists proper were they still around to raise objections.

For my part at least the opportunity for escape and reparation comes in a large part from the acceptance that we are in a fallen, ideologically capitalist world and the acceptance of the fact that this cannot be denied or avoided. This, for me, is the great promise of détournement - the fact that it accepts the precondition of bourgeois culture.

The goal is still to escape. But you can’t escape without engaging with the walls of your cell. 

China Miéville: the future of the novel:

China Mieville expertly breaks down the future of the novel, tearing apart stodgy litfic whining and anti piracy ideas with equal aplomb.

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donnerpartyofone:

having failed to absorb any particulars of the hype, i confused criticisms of Dallas Buyers Club with those of American Hustle. it turned out to be an eerily useful mistake, as i spent the near entirety of AmHu wondering what the fuck was going on with christian bale. for the first ~20 minutes i…

The Doctor is someone you can send into a society completely unarmed with the expectation that he can, with nothing but his wits, bring the whole civilization crashing down in a matter of days. This is exactly what happens in Genesis of the Daleks: the Doctor is deployed like a weapon of mass destruction. It’s a stunning idea, one that reminds me of Vladimir Lenin being sent to Russia on a sealed train for the express purpose of overthrowing the government by powers at war with that government.





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mexicancomicsinenglish:

Note that this Mexican Comic, “The Secret of My Dad’s Success,” pins the blame for the child’s (and wife’s) starvation entirely on the slacker Dad and not at all on the economic crisis alluded to on its first page. This is life without a social safety net — the kind of life some people in the U.S. think would build our characters. Follow me to find out how Adalberto solves the problem (spoiler: it won’t involve character-building)  or read it from the beginning as I translate it on Imgur.

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The man who destroyed America’s ego:

Psychology, self-esteem and the end of I am special culture

Raffi Khatchadourian: Can an Audacious Plan to Create a New Energy Resource Help Save the Planet?:

Building a miniature sun to power the world



via http://www.incidentalcomics.com/ via Michael Swanwick

My story Judges’ Cave is now available at Lakeside Circus! A little taste:

After the world ended, five people holed up in Judges’ Cave and started a band. Like the punkers of old they rechristened themselves as a new people for a new, post-civilized, age. The Judges played outlandish music, all jangly majors and insistent, thumping rhythms that got under your nails and down your throat until you had to dance and stomp and rave to get it out or risk bursting. People came from miles around, canoeing through the bay that was once downtown New Haven to where the raw cliff face of West Rock jutted out over the water like the ragged brow of some angry sea god, just to watch Vinson, Warren, Burger, Rehnquist and Roberts play.

Go read the rest now!

House of Cards is like the anti-West Wing. Instead of a government run by a bunch of basically good people battling with the system to do what’s right, it’s a government run by a bunch of sinister people carefully manipulating the system for their own gain. In other words, they’re depictions of the same world seen through radically different worldviews.

How Iowa Flattened Literature:

Creative-writing pedagogues in the aftermath of World War II, without exception, read Partisan Review, The Kenyon Review, The Hudson Review, and The Sewanee Review. They breathed the intellectual air of New Critics, on the one hand, and New York intellectuals on the other. These camps, formerly enemy camps—Southern reactionaries and Northern socialists at each other’s throats in the 1930s—had by the 50s merged into a liberal consensus that published highly intellectual, but at the time only newly “academic,” essays in those four journals, all of which, like Iowa, were subsidized by the Rockefeller Foundation. John Crowe Ransom, who believed in growing cotton and declined to apologize for slavery, found common ground with Lionel Trilling, who believed in Trotsky—but how? 

Is the literary world elitist?:

Intellectual insecurity is, alas, a pervasive problem in the literary world. You can find it among fans of easy-to-read commercial fiction who insist (on very little evidence) that the higher-brow stuff is uniformly fraudulent and dull, and you can find it among those mandarin bibliophiles who dismiss whole genres (on equally thin evidence) out of hand. One of the favorite gambits of people secretly uncertain about their own taste is identifying some popular book of incontestably lower quality than their own favorites and then running all over the Internet posting extravagant takedowns of it and taunting its fans. Yeah, I’m not crazy about “Fifty Shades of Grey,” either, but I’m not going to invest that much energy in proclaiming this sentiment to the world. To do so suggests you’re less interested in championing good writing than you are in grabbing any chance to feel superior to somebody else.

Dead on.



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Film Crit Hulk Smash: NEVER HATE A MOVIE:

OR: HOW QUENTIN TARANTINO GOT HULK TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMBS

I think “never hate a movie” is my new mantra. Also, “never hate a book”.

Alan Moore Might be Insane Now:

It seems fittingly ironic that Alan Moore announces his exit from the public eye with a 16,000-word harrumph. This interview was a roller coaster of emotions for me – all negative. When I finally finished…

Assemble! - Imgur:

The future of comics

You can't download your .mobi files from Amazon anymore, even if they're DRM free | Wet Asphalt:

A conversation I had with Amazon customer support.

this will sound harsh but you’re probably not a writer.  

writer’s writer every day.  it’s ok, not everyone is.

but if you consider yourself one, get off your ass and get back to work!! write about why you haven’t been writing .  anything.  just write. 

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