This week I’m joined by Robert Mills, studio manager and copywriter at Bluegg, a design agency in Newport, South Wales. We talk about writing to a set structure, which is handy because Rob has just written Designing the Invisible, a book published by Five Simple Steps. The book is broken down into five sections, each containing five chapters. I also wrote to a set structure when I began my novel. I decided (stupidly, on reflection) that each chapter would begin with a letter of the alphabet, which meant that there would be, obviously, 26 chapters. Needless to say, I ended up in a bit of a tangle.In ‘My favourite thing’ I talk about the Kindle Cloud Reader, which was announced this week, while Rob goes for The Atlantic. There is talk of a shark.
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In this Meanland lecture, Cory Doctorow discusses how writers can seize the possibilities of the digital future.
The internet and digital technology is challenging traditional notions of copyright, but many authors are finding new and innovative ways to circulate their work — and to make a living while doing so. Acclaimed SF writer, blogger and commentator Cory Doctorow looks at the perils and opportunities of this brave new world.
Famous writers and drinks are inseparable, despite the price some paid for the vice. Ernest Hemingway loved the Mojito, William Faulkner had his mint juleps, and F. Scott Fitzgerald was convinced gin was the way to go (he thought its smell would be undetectable on his breath).
Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide delves into the drinking habits of America’s top writers to reveal their favorite cocktails. Steve Inskeep talks with author Mark Bailey and illustrator Edward Hemingway — grandson of the writer — about their new book.
Below are excerpts from the guide, including cocktail recipes, drinking stories and writers’ famous passages about imbibing.
The internet has been around long enough now that it has a proper history, and it has started to produce media and artefacts that live in and comment on that history. James will be talking about his work with writing, books and wikipedia that hopes to explain and illuminate this temporal depth.
James Bridle is a publisher, writer and artist based in London, UK. He founded the print-on-demand classics press Bookkake and the e-book-only imprint Artists’ eBooks, and created Bkkeepr, a tool for tracking reading and sharing bookmarks, and Quietube, an accidental anti-censorship proxy for the Middle East. He makes things with words, books and the internet, and writes about what he does at booktwo.org.
John Gruber (DaringFireball.net) and Merlin Mann (43Folders.com) discuss the current state of blogging as a medium for creative expression, weighing the opportunities and challenges of building a thoughtful online presence in a world where everybody owns a printing press. They’ll consider the ascendance of Digg-friendly "problogs" and debate the subtler pleasures of careful writing that reaches smaller, but potentially less "profitable" audiences.
- John Gruber, Daring Fireball
- Merlin Mann, You Look Nice Today