Or, well, heck read them all!
Today is the 57th anniversary of the publication of Orwell’s classic 1984.
This is timely (re)reading given the global focus on security, the proliferation of cams, security letters, data mining and perpetual war. Do it this month!
Reminded by Fergie.
Does your blog have a consistent theme? Do you write well? Do you think your blog has the makings of a book?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above then a publisher may be looking for you:
Publishing types have continued toiling away in the industry’s underground laboratory, feverishly trying to alchemize blogging, hoping to prove that the common base metal of user-generated-content that the kids seem to enjoy so much (you know, those “web logs”) can be turned into the gold of bestsellerdom (you know, real books, sold in large numbers).
Michael Schaub, writing at BookSlut, puts a bit of perspective on this:
Basically, if you have a moderately uncrappy LiveJournal page, and are capable of writing a book proposal even slightly more elegant than “I am a blogger, and I want to write a book based on my blog, and blogs are great blog blog blog blog BLOGBLOGBLOG,” you need to find a way to get on board this gravy train before it crashes with tragicomic results.
No illusions here at Modulator…based on posts to date such publication wouold fall under the vanity, all is vanity category.
Arthur Silber is back again. Both at Once Upon a Time…
I offer these stories not to condemn the genuinely great and revolutionary achievements of the West, or to challenge the profound, inestimable worth of what we generally refer to as “Enlightenment values.” I offer them to make a more modest suggestion: that the fundamental approach inculcated in all of us by our cultural traditions of thousands of years does not represent the only way of viewing the universe and our place in it.
Make Arthur a regular read!