Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Literary Links for a Tuesday...
Here's some interesting articles on writing that I came across; a few lament the loss of newspapers and traditional journalism, a soft spot for me, and the rest are a random assortment of thoughts about the writing life. Hope you enjoy.
Writing Sense: Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer
A great early look at Ray Bradbury. We found this on the Internet Archive. It is listed in the public domain, but the look at the author is outstanding. It includes his short story: “Dial Double Zero.” The movie was made by David L. Wolper. I enjoyed and hope you will..(See Article..and Video.)
Robert Fulford: J.D. Salinger: A generation’s silent hero
Perhaps he left behind an explanation of his peculiar decision to cease submitting his work to The New Yorker or any other publication after 1965. Perhaps, as his many passionate admirers dare to hope, he left behind something much more valuable, a cache of work he had steadily accumulated in solitary self-confinement over all those decades, to be released after his death...(See Article..)
The Los Angeles Times: A writing career becomes harder to scale
Authors used to expect to struggle as they gained experience. But now it is sell -- or else.
Goodbye to Journalism 805: By MARK BONOKOSKI, Toronto Sun
My greatest act of optimism expired at year’s end, closing on the pessimistic note that the course I taught to fourth-year journalism students at Ryerson University is now in the throes of its death.
It is called Journalism 805.
By the end of this semester, after full-time faculty member April Lindgren gives it the last rites, it will no longer exist.
The times, as Dylan wrote, they are a’changing...(See Article..)
Who killed the newspaper? The Economist Magazine
The most useful bit of the media is disappearing. A cause for concern, but not for panic
Aug 24th 2006 | From The Economist print edition
“A GOOD newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself,” mused Arthur Miller in 1961. A decade later, two reporters from the Washington Post wrote a series of articles that brought down President Nixon and the status of print journalism soared. At their best, newspapers hold governments and companies to account. They usually set the news agenda for the rest of the media. But in the rich world newspapers are now an endangered species. The business of selling words to readers and selling readers to advertisers, which has sustained their role in society, is falling apart (see article).
The most irritating phrases in the English language: Robert Fulford, National Post
Going forward, eradication is the only option...
There are those who wince and curse whenever a TV pundit or sports spieler speaks the familiar words, "at the end of the day." This usually announces that what follows will be empty of meaning. Even when the pundit has something of consequence to say, those six words anaesthetize the listener, encouraging them to miss the point..(See Article..)