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Book Bits: Amber Tamblyn, fake Shakespeare isn’t a fake, ‘The Winter Family’

BookBitsDid you read the articles How the subconscious mind shapes creative writing and Don McLean explains enigmatic lyrics to American Pie? I know readers are said to have short attention spans and perhaps this is so, for few people were complaining that neither article offered what the headline promised. Apparently nobody remembered.

The subconscious mind article offered two examples of writers who see a link between the depths of their psyches and the words that ultimately appear on their pages. Two? That’s hardly definitive evidence. Those looking for “how to” in this feature didn’t find it. Smoke and mirrors. I believe the premise; I just didn’t see it carried out in the story.

Quite possibly, if you spent the money to buy the original annotated manuscript of McLean’s famous song, you might find out exactly what it meant. Other than a few ideas, most of which we’d heard before, the article about the explanation offered few (if any) explanations.

If these writers had submitted these stories in the college journalism class I taught, the stories would have–at best–gotten a C-.

Here, I hope, are links to stories that end up going somewhere:

  1. News: Associated Press Debuts Book Line, by Calvin Reid – “The Associated Press is teaming with e-book developer Mango Media to launch AP Editions, a line of e-book and print titles based on AP reporting, as well as the outlet’s historical archives. AP Editions will launch with 15 titles with plans to release “dozens” more this year.”  Publishers Weekly
  2. amberInterview: Amber Tamblyn Writes Book of Poetry About Dead Actresses, by Alicia Rancilio – “I wanted other young women to see how much (of) our interior pains are the same and at the end of the day what you feel is what I feel and it’s very similar, but often times actors don’t really get to express that in a true manner because of the way in which we are promoted or the way we promote ourselves.”  ABC News
  3. News: Minneapolis ranked most literate city, by Jocelyn McClurg – “Move over Washington, D.C. Minneapolis is the nation’s “Most Literate City,” according to an annual survey. Washington, which held the ranking for four straight years, drops to No. 2 in a ranking of the nation’s 77 largest cities using data from 2014.”  USA Today
  4. winterfamilyReview: “The Winter Family,” by Clifford Jackman, reviewed by Alex Good – “Jackman can’t match McCarthy’s overwrought rhetorical style, but he has nevertheless written a book capable of standing in that company, which is high praise indeed. The Winter Family is a philosophical spaghetti western that doesn’t stint on the tomato sauce, served up with flair.”  Quill & Quire
  5. How To: Writing Advice—What About -ing Words, by Beth Hill – “Nouns such as ring, bling, sibling, ending, and so forth are not usually what an advice giver is focused on when he tells a writer to not use –ing words. Yet a new writer, not understanding the limits of the advice, might assume she can’t use any –ing words.”  The Editor’s Blog
  6. News: Fake Shakespeare play Double Falsehood ‘is genuine’ after all, by  Matilda Battersby – “A lost play once claimed to be by Shakespeare but subsequently poo-pooed as a forgery, is now “strongly” believed to be genuine according to new research. The play, which is appropriately titled Double Falsehood, was published in 1728 by Lewis Theobald, who claimed to have adapted the piece from three original Shakespeare manuscripts which were subsequently lost in a library fire.”  The Independent
  7. ishiguroFeature:Call Me Ish’: A Novelist Meets His Fans, by Nick Romeo – “Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Remains of the Day, just finished a tiring four-week tour promoting his new novel [‘The Buried Giant’]. But the indefatigable writer was the very definition of reader-friendly.”  The Daily Beast
  8. News: Author Does Book Reading In-Flight, by Dianna Dilworth – “Bestelling author Eric Greitens is taking his book readings to new heights. The former Navy SEAL and founder of The Mission Continues gave a reading for his latest book “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life,” while in the sky on a Southwest Airlines flight last week.” Galley Cat
  9. socialCommentary: Is the Party Over for Social Media? by Gretchen A. Peck – “The two most dynamic topics in news publishing today have to be social media and mobile publishing (comprising mobile Web and mobile-apps). They’re dynamic for different reasons and in different ways. Mobile usage is on a brilliant ascent, and at just the start of it, while social-media sites vary in popularity and engagement. As this very article came together, the tech media announced the final coffin nail for Google+.”  Editor & Publisher
  10. News: Lionsgate And ‘The Hunger Games’ Architects Take On Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ by Mike Fleming, Jr. – “Finishing this fall with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Lionsgate is developing a grand-scale retelling of history’s greatest voyage home, Homer’s The Odyssey. To accomplish this epic, Lionsgate has enlisted Francis Lawrence to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce.”  Deadline


The Kindle edition of Malcolm R. Campbell’s novella Conjure Woman’s Cat is be on sale on Amazon on Friday, April 10, 2015 for 99 cents.




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