Month: September 2007Page 1 of 2

Confused about copyright

There’s a fellow named Kevin Harris who thinks he can copyright a list of comments of Albert Einstein. Gosh, do you think the Einstein estate will have to…

End-of-month companion sites roundup

At Frisco Vista Capitola Kite Classic San Francisco skyline from Alameda / Oakland ferry Old De Young San Francisco Bay Blues Pan American Unity Pelli Clarke Pelli /…

Chicken Soup for the Kitchen

Has the Chicken Soup for the Soul series been exhausted? I think not! There is one obvious title that has been overlooked, and it’s a book I’ve been…

Color names

Chirag Mehta has made a little application that will return a color name if you enter a hex code. Take the html web palette for this site, for…

The word “read” kills clicks

Marketing Sherpa made an interesting study of clickthrough rates of words that people use to encourage readers to continue with an article after a break. The conventional wisdom…

Advice from an editor

Seven rules for winning a MacArthur

To see your genius rewarded, follow these seven guidelines. Bottom line: “All the rules suggest that the perfect MacArthur genius is still out there: a one-named Berkeley professor…

The end

A Flickr set. via Swiss Miss

Book sales, book publishing economics, and print on demand

If you are quixotic enough to wish to engage in literary book publishing, you might want to take a look at the sales figures for the Man Booker…

A message from Mr. D.

Eugene de Salignac, photographer of NYC

David Pescovitz of Boing Boing calls our attention to an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit consists of early twentieth century photos…

Genesis

The NYT has made its archive of articles freely available, permitting some interesting searches. The first mention of the worldwide web, “a collection of computer networks that does…

Knopf’s rejections

It might be worth considering what you want archived. From Knopf’s archives at the University of Texas come the following judgments: Jorge Luis Borges: “Utterly untranslatableā€ Isaac Bashevis…

Call for translations

Two Lines is calling for submissions for its 15th anniversary edition. This volume will be edited by John Biguenet (prose) and Sidney Wade (poetry). The deadline is October…

On humanism

There is an interesting discussion on the value of the humanities at Conrad Roth’s “Varieties of unreligious Experience.” It’s curious how insecure humanists can be.

What is this?

It’s not a pipe, we know that. It’s the first page of google image results for a search Joe was doing. The most striking thing about it is…

A poetry challenge

At the Guardian, John Hartley Williams posed a poetry challenge. Essentially, the assignment was to fracture a proverb and combine it in a poem with at least seven…

BlogRush

A new service called BlogRush has launched, which promises to drive traffic to your blog. The service requires installing javascript code that loads a widget on your site….

Recommended reading

At Frisco Vista I’ve told the story of the Belgum Sanitarium, which was located in Wildcat Canyon above Richmond on the San Francisco Bay. It’s a romantic little…

Fernando del Paso to receive FIL Literature Prize

Fernando del Paso will receive the $100,000 FIL Literature Prize for lifetime literary achievement iat the 2007 Guadalajara International Book Fair on November 24. An excerpt from del…