Month: May 2007Page 1 of 2

The Western Gaze

500 years of female portraiture in Western art. Nicely done.

Gabo Returns to Macondo

Although he has a home in nearby Cartagena (one of the great colonial cities of South America), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (“Gabo” entre amigos) is said not to have…

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If you do an image search on Google and then append &imgtype=face to the end of the url, what do you get? You get only faces as results….

NewsMap

NewsMap lets you get the news from any country by clicking its location on a map. It’s basically a mashup of Google Maps and Yahoo News. Kind of…

WorldCat Library Search

I’ve been working on a bibliography for a book about Chinese jades. Many of the listings were incomplete, and I had to search a variety of sources to…

New World / New Words

Acouple of days ago I completed proofreading first pages of New World / New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas, A Bilingual Anthology, the first volume in a…

Electronic versus Print Media

There’s been a lot of blather on the threat to books by new media. In fact, at the moment new media represent an alternative to the stranglehold that…

Out of Print Out of Date

Print-on-demand publishing has changed the concept of what it means for a book to be “out of print” — and not in favor of authors. Traditionally, when a…

The Writer’s Life … in Film

He can’t go on, he’ll go on

The works of Samuel Beckett have been united for the first time under one imprint. UPDATE, 9 Sept. 2007: Publishers lock horns over rights to Beckett work (Image…

Book Reviews in Blogs and Newspapers

Joe Wilkert makes some good points about book reviewing on his Publishing 2020 blog. Why do so many people like reading the reviews of books on Amazon.com? I…

Media Predict’s Project Publish

Here’s a weird mash-up of book marketing, acquisitions, and social media. A group called Media Predict is soliciting book proposals from authors and agents (I’m not sure what…

So What

Over at Tom’s Book of Days I had Miles Davis’s birthday as May 25. But in Ted Gioia’s History of Jazz he gives May 26, so I’ve updated…

13 ways of looking at a typeface

At Designer Observer, Michael Bierut lists some of the factors that lead us to choose one typeface over another. *** On a semi-related note, lately in boring meetings…

Department of headlines that require no comment

“Drunk Man Fails Driving Test“

Bad Health Care, Deficient Welfare Keep Americans Short

That’s the headline I’m reading here. Seems Europeans have been gaining on us, to the point where Americans are now shorter than the average Dutchman. From the article:…

Dick Cheney

According to the lawyer of the alleged “D.C. Madam,” Vice President Cheney “isn’t not” on her list of phone records.

Showing Support for Mutanabbi Street

Mutanabbi Street, a winding street filled with bookstores and book stalls, is the historic center of Baghdad bookselling. It is the present heart of one of the world’s…

Comparing the U.S. and France

With France mired in malaise, French voters have turned away from the center-right government of Jacques Chirac in favor of the center-right government of Nicolas Sarkozy. The Guardian…

Wiccans Are Uneasy

NYT: Wiccans Keep the Faith with a Religion under Wraps. The gist of the article is that wiccans worry that people will think they’re satanists. Maybe education is…

Companion Sites Roundup

Here’s what’s been happening at my companion sites: Frisco Vista Gridskipper’s Culinary Picks Women’s Guide to San Francisco Spat among SF Political Bloggers Link Roundup: San Francisco Area…

How to Get a Book Published

Over at Google Blogoscoped they’ve been talking about Google results for the query “how to get a …” Seems the things people appear to want are a passport,…

Department of headlines that require no comment

“Polling Shows No One Dislikes the French More Than Americans, Except for the French”

Paint it Black

In the New York Review of Magazines (whatever that is), designer Roger Black “critiques” (makes a few random comments about) the typefaces of several magazines. Unless I’m misreading…