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Open Source Culture

Blues and jazz musicians have long been enabled by a kind of “open source” culture, in which pre-existing melodic fragments and larger musical frameworks are freely reworked.

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by K. L. Cook
Spalding MFA Faculty, Fiction

As both a writer and teacher, I’ve been obsessed with the question of influence, both nonliterary and literary. 1,146 more words


Reader's Corner: 'Shake it Up'

As part of the Library of America’s attempt to reach beyond their authoritative bind-ups of great American writers, here comes Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z… 116 more words


Holiday Reading - New York

Only 3 days and counting until I visit the Big Apple! It’s been over 11 years since I last visited New York and I booked the plane tickets in September last year – to say I am excited to return is beyond an understatement! 691 more words


The Author: Part 3 of 4

Foucault seems to agree with Barthes in his belief that the author must disappear, and that it would be wrong to interpret a work based on the individual author and that language determines the meaning of a work, not the person or persons who manipulated the language. 369 more words


The Author: Part 4 of 4

Today, it is more apparent than ever that the author as an individual is an outdated concept. Creative works are everywhere, but they are not necessarily original, rather, they are referential. 412 more words


The Author: Part 2 of 4

It is a relatively recent belief that the author is immortal; forever linked to his body of work. In his 1967 essay “Death of the Author,” Barthes claims that the author is a “modern figure” (BHR, 277) emerging at the same time that individualism became an important concept. 332 more words