Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Dog Ears

This week's Dog Ears features yet more musings on the Twitter phenomenon as well as the philosopher Botul, founder of Botulism:
  • Steve Coll of The New Yorker wonders, "Does Twitter Have Moral Characteristics?"  (*Spoiler: The answer is no.  No word yet on whether Twitter has any actual value.)
  • If you're strapped for cash, you can try to write a cell phone novel and make $600,000 before you turn 16... or, like me, you can wonder why you wasted your teen years in marching band when there were obviously more lucrative things to be doing.
  • Mein Kampf might be making its way back to Germany in the next five years... or it might not.
  • There's an incredibly interesting essay over at Bookslut by Colleen Mondor about "Kids of Color and the New American Whitewashing."
  • The screenwriters for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland apparently took some artistic liberties with Lewis Carrol's children's classic, as evidenced by this L.A. Times interview, "'Alice in Wonderland' screenwriter is ready for haters: 'It's audacious, what we've done.'"
  • The Guardian has an interesting piece about literary practical jokes: "The greatest literary hoax ever?"  (I have mixed feelings about this: on the one hand, it would be awesome to be in on a joke like this.  On the other hand, I would really hate being caught quoting someone who doesn't exist.) 

2 comments:

Homero said...

That hoax thing reminded me of this:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/05/11/international/i090708D96.DTL

Why there wasn't more about this when it came out baffles me.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Wow. Didn't those journalists learn not to EVER use Wikipedia? It's a good place to start if you want to get a quick link to other sources, but you can't ever depend on the information. Jeez.

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