Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Lessons from a Hustler" on Granta by Peter Mountford

I thoroughly enjoyed this essay by Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism, in which he discusses his time bartending at a pool hall in DC during the year before it closed, getting to know the many characters who played and drank within its walls, including one hustler in particular.  Mountford also briefly describes the two years he lived in Ecuador writing about economics, a time that no doubt led to his first novel, a good read.  Here's a link to the essay:

http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Lessons-from-a-Hustler

Thursday, December 8, 2011

We'll All Live Here Someday

Once we've fully exhausted all of Earth's resources, and we have the technology to travel hundreds of light-years away, we can all live here:

http://www.space.com/13821-nasa-kepler-alien-planets-habitable-zone.html

PS Perhaps we can avoid exhausting all of Earth's resources either through slowing down our consumption (unlikely) or through extreme improvements in a variety of technologies (possible), to state the obvious.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Confessions of a Plagiarist" on the fix

Fascinating interview with the now infamous guy who plagiarized six straight pages of a James Bond novel into a novel he claimed to have written himself.  Never thought I'd hear of someone comparing plagiarism to alcoholism.  Thanks to Myfanwy Collins for sharing this article on facebook:

http://www.thefix.com/content/confessions-plagiarist-Quentin-rowan9278?page=1

Monday, November 21, 2011

Check out Boxfiction (launched today)

Boxfiction brings us "TV series you read," perfect for those who cannot get enough of their favorite shows and also love to read.  Their first offering continues the UK series "Silent Witness" with scripts of new episodes written by the show's founder.  Plans are in the works for original content, and other popular TV series should follow Silent Witness.  Check it out: