Non-writing related, however if H.R. 3261 does pass, it will most certainly effect the way you consume your media, books included.
While the Stop Online Piracy Act sounds like it might be a good thing, it really isn’t. It puts the ability to censor websites and their content in the hands of major corporations and the enforcement of such in the hands of third-party ISP’s, completely foregoing legal due-process for any who might be targeted. [...]
long time since i’ve posted, i know. been working my ass off on my book and that’s really and truly all i’ve thought about for the past month or so… that and sex.
but i read the follow up article to Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent Grantland piece and decided to repost the link here.
the NBA’s [...]
This just ended up going viral over the weekend.
San Francisco writer, Joe Quirk, author of “Ultimate Rush,” an amped up delve into bike messenger culture as it happens on the streets of SF, recently found out a movie based almost entirely on his book was about to hit theaters — without his permission or [...]
This might be old news to some of you, but I just heard about this today. Apparently Levi’s has managed to marry Bukowski’s “The Laughing Heart” with a sixty second “film” — aka commercial designed to sell you cool. It’s playing on the pre-roll in theaters all over.
I love Levi’s. I only rock them. [...]
Reading is tactile and cerebral. I never thought I could get used to an e-book platform. They all seemed too mechanical and I was slow to allow any shitty corporation to 1984 [...]
i love frequent Atlantic contributor Sandra Tsing Loh. She has the uncanny ability to nail, succinctly, the slices of the pie that make up our culture. This is from her “Classed Dismissed” [...]
Right now I’m reading a double economic doozy, Raj Patel’s “The Value of Nothing” and David Walker’s “Comeback America.” For all our pomp, wealth and ego we’ve allowed our leaders to guide us into an economic minefield…and they don’t have a map or the brains to get us out. [...]
Hit the jump to see the good doctor, Raj Patel author of two best selling, hard hitting, socially conscious [...]
The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on the Google Book Settlement saying that currently, it violates the Sherman Act. This is probably the death nail for this sucker in its current form. Although both sides say they will continue negotiating, many are wondering who they are negotiating for, as many of the stakeholders/rightsholders [...]
Thanks to true grassroots activism on the part of authors everywhere, the House Judiciary sub-committee is looking into the legality of the snowjob “Settlement” proposed by Google and the Author’s Guild. Marybeth Peters, of the U.S. Register of Copyrights, dealt a terrible blow to the deal in her opening comments saying the Settlement was “fundamentally at odds with the [...]