Tag Archives: literature

‘America By Heart,’ New Sarah Palin Book: What You Need To Know

Sarah Palin’s new book, “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” hits the shelves Tuesday, in an event that is sure to enliven an otherwise slow political week.

Perhaps the most defining feature of “America by Heart” is Palin’s capacity to boil down complicated political battles into pure political simplicity. The Cold War, for example, was won because “the differences between the United States and the Soviet Union were real — and consequential” and “one of those differences was a belief in God.” Opposition to an Islamic Cultural Center in downtown Manhattan, meanwhile, was hardly an exercise in religious intolerance. “[I]t’s what our Founders called ‘a decent respect for the opinions of mankind’ — or in this case their fellow Americans.” America’s problems, in the end, are partially due to the fact that “we may be creating a generation of entitled little whiners.”

I’m not sure if this can technically be called “literature” – it would probably be correctly filed under “propaganda,” given her (ghost writer’s) stubborn insistence on writing with extremely careful manipulation of facts and well-documented events. You might even find it in the Young Adult section.  Grab some popcorn and treat it like a cheap flick.

MediaShift: Who Owns Your E-Book of ‘War and Peace’? Probably Not You

If we are talking about an e-book version of the latest translation that was bought online and downloaded to an e-reader or other mobile device, then the question of ownership of the copy is not so simply answered. Unlike works published in print, electronic works are typically sold subject to agreements, in transactions that look less like an outright sale and more like a limited license.

I can’t wait to hear where sites like this one fall in terms of ownership and copyright law; Is curation an artistic process subject to some of the same privileges? My gut says so; I am adding value and perspective simply in the act of collection and filtration. Not sure about the courts, though.

TwitterSays Prize Package!

Turning away from my normal subject matter, today I share with you epic geek-out style unboxing shots of the prize package I discovered in my snailmailbox this morning from Josh Peters, a social media surgical strike assassin and developer of the e-book “TwitterSays,” a unique project featuring the crowdsourced input of over a hundred distributed authors, driven by a retweet-style contest crossing the border between promotion and content-generation. Which, amazingly, I won. (I often bribe random number generators)

While I don’t normally post about myself, Josh’s project is a really creative re-imagining of the literature-writing process, and totally deserves some Medialogic screenspace; I just love the idea that I’m now a co-author with a hundred or so people I’ve never met irl, and yet all of whom obviously share so much in common.  Here’s to extending our capacity for communication with technology!

Below you’ll find terribly photographed book-unveiling glamour shots, the oh-so-exciting tweet informing me that I was the contest winner, and a link to the book itself. (If you download and enjoy it, please visit Josh’s site or let him know on Twitter)

Be sure to note the epic handwritten card I received from Josh – I didn’t even know those were still in print. So classy!

Thanks, Josh.

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Man Scrawls World’s Biggest Message With GPS ‘Pen’ | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

How appropriate that an author advocating the power of individuals to effect change when committed and empowered, is represented by a lone man driving across the country (semi-aimlessly) with a single-minded purpose. I’m not a huge Ayn fan, but I respect the effort.

I find myself wondering what format other famous authors’ messages would take. The Marxist crowdsourcing photomosaic? The Kafkian rotoscope abstraction? A Borges mashup of Life In a Day-style parallel narratives? The possibilities are endless.