Month: July 2007Page 1 of 2

Is the NYT concealing decline in print revenue?

That’s the claim of Scott Karp, who has done the kind of analysis of the NYTCO’s earnings report that most journalists fail to do. His conclusion is that…

Academic Journals Endangered?

Dani Rodrik cites a new paper by Glenn Ellison that appears to show that top academics are publishing fewer scholarly papers in specialized and general interest journals. These…

Companion Sites Roundup

Another end-of-month roundup of what’s going down at the sister sites. FRISCO VISTA Virgin Airlines Tu Lan Wildlife uprising, part 3 Secret List of Buildings You Can’t Photograph…

Ten Steps to Better Writing

Copyblogger has posted a list of 10 steps to becoming a better writer. Here’s the link, but never mind, the full list follows: Write. Write more. Write even…

CommentPress

The Institute for the Future of the Book has released a WordPress theme “designed to allow paragraph-by-paragraph commenting in the margins of a text.” Information about the theme…

Libraries

I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested…

A Short Guide to Iraq

In 1943 the U.S. War Department produced a book offering guidelines for our soldiers fighting in Iraq. It contained advice such as this: The tall man in the…

Poisoning the Well

What we get in newspaper book reviews are critics testifying to what their first encounters with a work were like, before any other people have experienced the work….

Open Letter

The University of Rochester has announced a new book publishing imprint called Open Letter. The press will publish twelve books of international literature a year — I guess…

Royal Futura

Most discussion of type in film centers on anachronisms — how could characters in a movie set in the thirties read materials set in a typeface designed in…

The impotence of proofreading

via India Ink

Tintin and Racism

At the Marvel of Manga blog, a discussion came up about Tintin in the Congo and its racist elements. To recap the controversy: The strip was published in…

Rejecting Harry

As Robert Peake noted in a comment to a previous post about David Lassman’s somewhat pointless exercise in submitting Jane Austen’s work for (re-)publication, publishers’ manuscript screening processes…

Two Lines Translation Challenge

Two Lines, the journal of translation, is asking readers to send translations of the following lines from Machado. Interesting submissions will be posted on their website and in…

Monolingualism and Intolerance

Intolerance has many triggers and takes many forms, but it tends to boil down to in-group and out-group status. Most people favor “people like us.” (Whereas tolerance springs…

Rejecting Jane

For what it’s worth: David Lassman, director of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, submitted copies of Austen’s novels to 18 publishers in the U.K., changing only names…

Interview with Julio Cortazar

Two hours with Julio! (In Spanish.)

Photo Outlining

Lately I’ve been playing around with a Photoshop technique for creating sketchlike outlines from photographs. The image at right began as a photo of a model named Lily…

Netflix model for books

BookSwim is attempting to replicate the netflix model for the book world. They’re offering a service where you pay a monthly fee and receive and return books without…

15th-Century Type

A photoset on flickr (click image to visit). Look at the beautiful even color.