Articles from March 2006

The Curse of Handwriting

March 14th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Our nascent educational career nearly ground to a halt when we first encountered “handwriting”. Prior to this, we’d kept the mother on staff as a sort of stenographer (“Please excuse Booksquare early today as she has to explain to the dentist why she refuses to floss”). As it turns out, making all those letters and […]

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File Under: Authors Gone Wild

March 14th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Kate Braverman has been getting a lot of press lately, including a pretty nice interview in the Los Angeles Times (which thanks to the paper’s lame search engine can’t be found, though a letter to the editor about the article is [almost] easily located). Now comes the kind of press no author wants, even one […]

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Google Book Search: Industry-Friendly, Consumer Not-So-Friendly

March 13th, 2006 · 3 Comments

It is so hard to keep up with Google Book Search news these days. Honestly, we’re sitting in a room with the dude from Google — does he mention the new revenue sharing model? That would be a big, fat “No!” Of course, as you’ll recall from our previous posts, it was a busy conversation. […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing

Why We Ran Through The Austin Convention Center

March 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Why We Ran Through The Austin Convention Center

Let us assure you that there was no way we were going to miss a panel discussion called “Revenge of the Librarians” during our week at SXSW. It was so worth running through a massively huge convention center in high heels. Of course, we’re super-lazy and only wrote one post on the topic. It’s over […]

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Our Life Of Crime

March 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Our Life Of Crime

We have a small confession to make: yesterday, we did something unethical. Willingly and deliberately, we snuck into a workshop at someone else’s conference. Yes, we walked down the hall from our own conference to another conference and brazenly walked in, sat down, and listened to a panel discussion. We will let you pause for […]

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Lazy ‘Square

March 10th, 2006 · Comments Off on Lazy ‘Square

We have been in a pre-SXSW frenzy for the past few days and consumed with the process of finding just the right outfit for 85 degree weather. Also looking up the meaning of humidity on the off chance it’s changed since we last encountered it. It hasn’t. Now we’re catching up on cool stuff to […]

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Legal Desk: Exaggerations Happen

March 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on Legal Desk: Exaggerations Happen

We cannot be bothered to put much energy into the Da Vinci case. It is too silly for words, though we do appreciate the fact that the British taxpayers are covering the costs for the most intriguing marketing campaign of the season. Yes, we are counting the James Frey scandal in our reckoning. So in […]

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Obligatory Bi-Annual Poetry-Related Post

March 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on Obligatory Bi-Annual Poetry-Related Post

We are worrying about our caffeine. Normally, we’d be fully invigorated by now. We are so sluggish that we’re worried — it’s almost as if (and this is so terrifying, even typing the words makes us shudder) someone gave us, oh dear, decaf. It’s almost enough to make a girl cry. If you need further […]

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Differentiating Between Chick-lit and Women’s Fiction

March 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on Differentiating Between Chick-lit and Women’s Fiction

Before we get into MediaBistro’s interview with Hyperion editor Zareen Jaffrey (whom some of you may remember from Red Dress Ink), we have to puzzle over one of the more odd book titles we’ve encountered this week: Desperate Housewives Cookbook. Now if this were, oh, the fifties, we’d be thinking, ah, a cookbook for a […]

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Once More With Punctuation

March 7th, 2006 · 3 Comments

At some point in our history, such notions as good punctuation and proper grammar emerged. One suspects, if one has spent some time learning the English language, that there were equal rations of randomness and sadism in the development of sentence structure and rules. Apparently clarity of communication could only be achieved via the most […]

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