Month: October 2015

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They Pay How Many Cents Per Word?

by Chris Curley

The best rate I ever got paid as a professional writer was for my third piece, a feature written at the ripe old age of 20. It was 75 cents per word and I made around 400 bucks for my efforts. Nearly ten years later and many of the major online publications pay somewhere between ten and 40 cents per word for the work of writers far more talented than my 20-year-old self (and if we’re being perfectly candid,

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undun and Poetry Beyond Print

by E Martin Nolan

The common thinking goes: Poetry is like our civilization’s aging relative no one ever really cared about, but who everyone feels obligated to visit once a year, or at least to send a card. Even if we’ve never been moved to love this relative, we don’t want them totally forgotten. They may be a charity case—totally unable to support themselves in a market economy—but they have dignity and history on their side.

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Interactive Literature Online

by Taras Tymoshekno

I decided to become a writer early on. While I was practicing for that calling I found many opportunities for downtime, which probably wasn’t a good start. Around the mid-2000s, as I thought about what I could contribute to the long, proud literary tradition, I noticed that there were people making comics and putting them online.

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Walter Ong and New Communications Tech

by Julienne Isaacs

It’s apparently common practice to mischaracterize the media theory of Walter Ong, the celebrated Jesuit priest and communications scholar, as progressivist. I recently came across not one, but two recently-published critical pieces on Walter Ong’s work casually assuming that Ong saw literacy as discrete from (rather than built on) orality,

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The Great Gatsby, Half-Life, and Society’s Retribalization

by Patrick Roesle

Let’s return to Dr. Marshall McLuhan for a moment.

Central to his history of mass media is the relationship of mass-produced literature to tribalism—or, rather to its central role in the detribalization of the Western world. The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) details the process through which the phonetic alphabet,

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Managing Your Career as a Fiction Writer, Preferably of CliFi

by A Self-Aware Swarm of Bees That Your Ex Is Now Dating

A Self-Aware Swarm of Bees That Your Ex Is Now Dating

Hey there!

Look, I get it. You’re an aspiring novelist. I’m a swarm of bees who spontaneously became self-aware and seduced your boyfriend. That doesn’t mean our relationship has to be strained! Maybe it’s hard not to feel lousy about being dropped for a series of spiny arthropods,

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Biscuits: Shalene Gupta on the Creative Class

by Shalene Gupta

For the longest time I wanted to be a novelist. I read and voices, sharp and sweet, filled my head. I wanted to be a novelist like the love child of Jane Austen and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, a Herman Melville who doesn’t drone on about whales, or a ringing voice on a clear cloudless day—hello?

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Eric Freeze Asks: “Why Stop Reading?”

by Eric Freeze

I was sitting in Heathrow, waiting for a flight, casually thumbing through a book. A woman in her 40s approached me: starched skirt, name tag, and a matching blouse and blue jacket that belied her affiliation with the airline industry. In her hand was an iPad that she held like a clipboard.

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Our Relationship with eBooks

by Andrea Grassi

Upon its debut, the eReader should have been marketed as a travel device. This introduction strategy would have given all those invested (readers, writers, publishers, etc.) a crystal conception of how exactly one could extend their love of reading beyond the printed page. In mobile times that require an efficiency and lightness never before experienced: The ON-THE-GO reader!

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Words in the Time of Twine

by Anne DeCusatis

I work as a software engineer at a startup. So trust me when I say this: technology is not going away. People like me will continue “disrupting,” the world will keep changing at a faster and faster pace. It is inevitable, and I’m sometimes scared about its conclusions. But you, as a member of the literary community,