On Asteroids, Stereoscopic Novels and Time

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csoffer:

I had the pleasure of auditing a class taught by the author of this essay. As with everything I’ve seen from Alexander Chee so far, this piece not only covers interesting ground for writers, but also for everyone’s personal journey.

Originally posted on Koreanish:

Tuesday night, as an asteroid was coming very close to striking Earth, I was re-reading a graphic novel I was teaching,   Asterios Polyp , that concludes with an asteroid hurtling at the main character, who is, yes, on Earth. I thought about the irony of it, partly because it is the kind of irony the book thrives on–mirrored worlds–and through that, I began thinking about the structure of it.

Structure is on my mind a great deal of late. Earlier that evening I took a break to go and walk around in the moonlit city with my friend Merrill Feitell, author of the short story collection Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes. We were getting caught up after not seeing each other since AWP in Denver. Merrill has a long-standing interest in the structure of fiction, and so I ran by her some problems I’ve been solving for in my novel, regarding…

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What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong

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csoffer:

Is the Web scary?

Originally posted on TIME:

If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days. We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading. We race towards new trends like native advertising without fixing what was wrong with the old ones and make the same mistakes all over again.

Not an average reader? Maybe you’ll give me more than 15 seconds then. As the CEO of Chartbeat, my job is to work with the people who create content online (like Time.com) and provide them with real-time data to better understand their readers. I’ve come to think that many people have got how things work online quite mixed up.

Here’s where we started to go wrong: In 1994, a former direct mail marketer called Ken McCarthy came up with the clickthrough as

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10 Famous Film Scripts and What You Can Learn from Them

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csoffer:

I found this post through Karl Bollers’ twitter feed. He’s the writer on the very cool comic Watson and Holmes. I met him briefly at New York Comic Con, and when I went to follow him on Twitter, I saw this cool tweet and decided to reblog it.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Thanks to the glory of the internet, we no longer need film school to offer us a peek at the minds behind some of cinema’s greatest works. Scripts for classic movies are available online and can teach us a thing or two about visionary writing. We looked at the scripts of ten famous films for a few pointers on compelling stories, fascinating characters, and the power of words.

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Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World – NYTimes.com

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Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World – NYTimes.com.

Should bitcoin or something like it be the future of money?  Can anything that exists primarily in a digital mathscape ever have the solidity to provide a foundation for something massive and vital?