Articles from August 2005

In Which Peter Pan Becomes The Bad Boy of Fiction

August 23rd, 2005 · 4 Comments

We will freely admit that we held no high hopes for the much-publicized Peter Pan sequel (though we did enjoy the cheerful cynicism that accompanied the decision). After all, why did we need a sequel? Isn’t it enough to let the story end. Yes, we’re still processing the finale of Six Feet Under, a series […]

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Number Eighteen In A Series of Self-Publishing Posts

August 22nd, 2005 · 2 Comments

One day, we will find ourselves sitting in our cozy little office (though we are hoping it will be a bigger cozy little office with a couch), lamenting the attendant problems caused by the rise of print on demand. Because, we are sure, the problems will be legion. After all, how does one calculate the […]

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Muses From The Thought Tree

August 22nd, 2005 · Comments Off on Muses From The Thought Tree

Not long ago, we brought you a fine discussion about the new “upperbacks” and how they’re leaking out into the world. At the time, the story focused on the excuse being given for the new format: old eyes on old readers. Setting aside the absurdity of that for a moment, we turn our short attention […]

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Technology Corner: Vending Machines

August 22nd, 2005 · 3 Comments

Ah, the vending machine. For some, they represent the last place on earth to buy stale gum. For others, they’re a big, huge item to abuse while the last candy bar in the universe hangs stuck between freedom and those coiled metal holders. And for some, the hip, the cool, the intelligent, they serve as […]

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Return From The Lost Weekend

August 22nd, 2005 · 4 Comments

Often one feels as if all bases are covered when, in reality, only one base is covered. We forgot to tell Jim where we hid the spare key should he misplace his. We don’t like to speculate*, but our imagination is such that we spent many a moment visualizing his trying to figure out the […]

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Hi, Everybody!

August 18th, 2005 · 5 Comments

Hmmph. Last time they went out of town, they asked me to take care of the cats. That was much less nerve-wracking. Food. Water. Laser Pointer. Hi, my name is Jim Connelly, and I am what that Google ad over to the right refers to as a “First Time Author.” I’ve been writing (and occasionally […]

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One For The Road

August 17th, 2005 · Comments Off on One For The Road

You’re sitting around on a Saturday night after a fine dinner with fine friends (discussing an appropriately obscure American independent film*). You’re talking about your upcoming trip to Vancouver (and remembering that Canada is, indeed, another country. Must. Bring. Passport. Remember. What. Happened. To. Catharine.). You playfully recount the day’s meeting with the new cat […]

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Your Name on Page 177

August 17th, 2005 · Comments Off on Your Name on Page 177

Susan Gable kindly points us to our first news item of the morning (for which our sinuses are bowing down in appreciation): your name in lights. In a manner of speaking. It is quite simple — all you have to do is win an auction on eBay (and surely you know how to accomplish that) […]

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Revisiting Our Summer of Hoaxes

August 16th, 2005 · Comments Off on Revisiting Our Summer of Hoaxes

Was it just last summer that literary hoaxes were all the rage? Has time flown so quickly? The Boston Globe reminds us that it’s true — summer is nearly gone — be revisiting the literary hoax. After asking the all-important question — And finally what separates an artful hoax from an authentic piece of literature? […]

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A Tale of Two Books

August 16th, 2005 · 1 Comment

What with it being August and all, it is hard to find interesting industry news. Especially since analysis of The Traveler has di–oops, not so fast. We have one more angle — oh sure, it’s been touched upon, but now the showdown between Elisabeth Kostova (The Historian) and John Twelve Hawks moves to center stage. […]

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