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July 19, 2016

Do Humans Dream of Poetry Machines? 0


A few hundred lines of software I’d written in Java and had called SEER were not impressive for any technical elegance or for a truly artificial intelligence. But my program had written a coherent English sentence relevant to my chosen subject, which happened to be snakebite, and had done so with an oracular grace that I found uncanny.

March 2, 2015

A Thousand Hands Will Grasp You with Warm Desire: On the Persistence of Physical Books 13


A book we crack with our two hands creates an actual physical space for reverie that functions as an oasis outside daily life, a cocoon in space and time.

February 25, 2015

Only Connect: Social (Media) Anxiety 9


Twitter and Facebook are great for quick blasts of dopamine or adrenaline, but not for creating sustained waves of happiness or fear or maintaining the kind of cumulative tension upon which good stories rely.

January 27, 2015

A Future for Books Online: Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club 7


It’s the kind of community that forces me to talk sappily about the power of the web, how people thousands of miles apart can find each other and build friendships based on a single book.

April 21, 2014

The London Book Fair: Many Tote Bags but Few Industry Solutions 7


This old, sad debate talks about print and digital books as if they weren’t two sides of the same coin. Worry about book sales dropping more broadly, and start to think about the real ways that digital can reshape books.

April 9, 2014

Appetite for Risk: At the Intersection of Video Games and Literature 19


The literary world and the video games world could greatly benefit each other. Even a conversation, let alone the beginning of real collaborations and dialogues, would help each contend with their respective shortcomings.

February 4, 2014

Oh, The Favorites You’ll Give: Literary Twitter’s Best Tweets 8


To present literary Twitter in its best possible light, we are returning again to those most widely followed on literary Twitter, but this time, looking at which Tweets got the most favorites, we are highlighting literary Twitter’s best tweets.

December 24, 2013

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners 4


For all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.

November 11, 2013

Call Me Twitterer: Literary Twitter’s First Tweets 5


Twitter appears to be here to stay, for a while anyway. And it will remain a pastime for writers looking for book news, inspiration, distraction, literary puns, and every other thing they might want. But it wasn’t always that way. In the not too distant past, the literary lights of Twitter pecked out their first 140 characters and waited to see what Twitter would bring.

October 8, 2013

Two Years After Timeline: Facebook and The Neverending Story 4


It’s been just over two years since Facebook first replaced walls with timelines, and the anniversary begs reflection. Might it truly be Facebook, and not the e-book, that threatens the paperback?