Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Some Links to Thinks

In the past we’ve mentioned that we get information about publishing from outside the field almost as often, if not more often, than from inside it (see More Fuel for the Genre Fire), and today we’re reiterating that.

We read lots and lots of magazines, both online and print versions, and one of our favorites is the Smithsonian. The current issue commemorates their 40th anniversary, and, wow, they outdid themselves with tidbits of unconventional and conventional wisdom that we wanted to pass along. However, to keep this short, here are some highlights.

Reading in a Whole New Way

This fascinating article by Kevin Kelly, who has a book coming out from Penguin in the fall, is another take on the evolution of reading. There’s so much here that you have to read it yourself to sift through all the gems.

Listening to Bacteria

The subject of this article is wildly intriguing as well; however, it’s the writing you should pay attention to here. The author, Natalie Angier, is a Pulitzer Prize winning science writer as well as a book author. Pay attention to how she constructs her piece. At once both engaging and informative, her style makes the complex world of organisms and research accessible to the lay person.

Carl Hiassen on Human Weirdness

If you’ve ever read this author, you’ll want to read his take on the de-evolution of humankind. It's kind of a quirky bit to include; however, it serves as an example of how fiction writers, strangely, sometimes become the chroniclers of humanity.

Move Over Gutenberg: Will E-books Spell the End of Paper and Ink?

Author Paul Levine offers his insights on e-books and print books in this piece for the Huffington Post. More fuel for the digital revolution inferno.