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Notes from the post-print transition, 3: can members of a cooperative be ‘more equal’ than others without turning it into Animal Farm?

Generals only ever exist as temps in Switzerland, in the army in which all Swiss men must do a stint of compulsory training and service. As… 552 more words

Re-arranging Publishing For The 5th Estate

A Thought (Or Two)

First off, guys, I’m so bad at this why didn’t any of you tell me? I was just going through some of my past posts and, while I’ve had this blog for almost a year now, I have literally probably like seven and a half posts. 545 more words

The Case for Really Reading

We recently blogged about an article by Tim Parks wherein he suggests that we don’t need stories. Parks admits that the idea that stories help us “to shape a trajectory for ourselves in the increasingly fragmented and ill-defined social world we move in” seems viable, but he dissents, claiming that there is no way around the truth that “stories compete for our assent and seek to seduce us toward the author’s point of view.” In other words, Parks thinks that stories can’t serve as a transcendent guide to how we should live because stories are really just biases in competition. 244 more words

Broad Street Blog

TriQuarterly: Not-quite-naked


Dinah Lenney
Craft Essay
A writer friend of mine published a story, a family drama that featured a young couple and a difficult child. 2,110 more words

Creative Ideas

Death Of The Novel

If “Game of Thrones” characters were on Reality Shows. What your favourite High School book says about you. 22 classic book titles made better with butter. 844 more words


Reading Fiction Isn't Meant to be a Struggle

Tim Parks has written a really interesting essay for the NY Review of Books: “Reading: The Struggle,” in which he ponders “the state of constant distraction” that we now accept as normal life, and how it will affect the reading and writing of “substantial” works of fiction. 1,268 more words

On Writing

Something Long and Complex

At the New York Review of Books blog, Tim Parks considers contemporary serious reading.

No art form exists independently of the conditions in which it is enjoyed.

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