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Bookplates (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

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Working On My Novel, Cory Arcangel (2014)

Working On My Novel is a book which is based on a twitter feed that re-tweets the best posts featuring the phrase “working on my novel.”

What does it feel like to try and create something new? How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?

Working On My Novel is about the act of creation and the gap between the different ways we express ourselves today. Exploring the extremes of making art, from satisfaction and even euphoria to those days or nights when nothing will come, it’s the story of what it means to be a creative person, and why we keep on trying.

(All of the tweets collected in this book are used with the permission of the original authors.)

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd 

(Source: novel.coryarcangel.com)

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Nice writeup on our contributor Stacey D’Erasmo, and her latest novel:

Stacey D’Erasmo captures the experience of an aging rock goddess so well, you’d swear she’s been on tour before. As a matter of fact, she has—through Europe by bus with pop-glam rock band Scissor Sisters—but strictly as an observer. “I’m utterly unmusical. I have no musicality and no musical aspirations, I never was in a band or wanted to be in a band or anything like that,” says D’Erasmo, author of Wonderland, her electrifying fourth novel.

Yeah, okay, that’s not right.
More: The five worst book covers ever | Books | theguardian.com

Yeah, okay, that’s not right.

More: The five worst book covers ever | Books | theguardian.com

How can we find today’s greatest non-reads?

Amazon’s “Popular Highlights” feature provides one quick and dirty measure. Every book’s Kindle page lists the five passages most highlighted by readers. If every reader is getting to the end, those highlights could be scattered throughout the length of the book. If nobody has made it past the introduction, the popular highlights will be clustered at the beginning.

Thus, the Hawking Index (HI): Take the page numbers of a book’s five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. The higher the number, the more of the book we’re guessing most people are likely to have read.

(Disclaimer: This is not remotely scientific and is for entertainment purposes only!) Here’s how some current best sellers and classics weigh in, from highest HI to lowest.

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Of all the marketing “tactics” available to you, storytelling is one of the most effective at grabbing interest and pulling people in.

It really isn’t a tactic at all, but a nod to a timeless principle of persuasion. Storytelling – both telling them and listening to them – is hardwired in our brains. A Princeton University study found that the same area of a storyteller’s and listener’s brains light up in an fMRI.

Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn launched the “significant objects” project to assess storytelling’s impact on perceived value. They bought around $130 worth of junk items from thrift stores. As an experiment, they had writers create unique, heartfelt stories to accompany each of the items before featuring them on eBay. They sold the thrift store items for $3,612.50!

More: http://www.business2community.com/communications/pixar-studios-can-teach-us-storytelling-conversions-0941721#VSjtbc6Vk7XDPFbF.99

Pro tip: Do not watch the Pixar guy’s TED talk. He doesn’t mention S.O. (fair enough), and he’s totally insufferable!


if you have a second copy of something or an old book you know you’ll never flip through again, this neat little Photo Album DIY from Photojojo is worth putting on your crafts to-do list.
The basic idea is to ‘upcycle’ the book into a photo album by cutting out windows in select pages, taping those pages to the next page on three sides using double-sided tape, and then sliding your prints of choice into the newly-created slots.

More: DIY: Upcycle an Old Book Into a Neat Photo Album in a Few Easy Steps

if you have a second copy of something or an old book you know you’ll never flip through again, this neat little Photo Album DIY from Photojojo is worth putting on your crafts to-do list.

The basic idea is to ‘upcycle’ the book into a photo album by cutting out windows in select pages, taping those pages to the next page on three sides using double-sided tape, and then sliding your prints of choice into the newly-created slots.

More: DIY: Upcycle an Old Book Into a Neat Photo Album in a Few Easy Steps

If you’ve ever found yourself reading or watching something that references a particular band or musician and you’ve wondered “is that a real group?” then Rocklopedia Fakebandica (aka FakeBands.com) can help you out.

The old site was (and still is) categorized alphabetically, from The A-Men and The Ace Tones (IMDb) to The Zits and Zorak. The new site is wiki-based, so anyone can submit new musicians, but the organization is a bit different. There is no alphabetical grouping (yet), but you can browse by Years, Medium, and other Categories.

So you can take a jaunt back, way back, to 1700 and learn about Pietro Caraffa, the musical quack, or find a really obscure reference to Slab Hauler.


These paper sculptures made from discarded books are the creation of Malena Valcarcel, whose work includes beautiful sculptures and wonderful, bookish jewelry. 

(via Paper sculptures and jewelry from discarded books - Boing Boing)

These paper sculptures made from discarded books are the creation of Malena Valcarcel, whose work includes beautiful sculptures and wonderful, bookish jewelry.

(via Paper sculptures and jewelry from discarded books - Boing Boing)


Strange & wonderful vernacular photography collected from eBay and Craigslist listings. Witness as ordinary Objects take on other-worldly, pathetic or even menacing qualities. You will never look at Objects the same again. http://worldofobjects.tumblr.com .

World of Objects, via.

Strange & wonderful vernacular photography collected from eBay and Craigslist listings. Witness as ordinary Objects take on other-worldly, pathetic or even menacing qualities. You will never look at Objects the same again. http://worldofobjects.tumblr.com .

World of Objects, via.