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What's so funny about comic novels? | Books | The Guardian
"It was only then that I realised the pure, unpolluted humour of which he was possessed was the greatest possible gift he could have offered to the world: the same thing, I suppose, that Italo Calvino had in mind when he extolled the virtues of "thoughtful lightness", or "comedy that has lost its bodily weight". More and more I feel that, just as all art aspires to the condition of music, all humour should really aspire to the condition of Wodehouse."
english_literature  fiction  uk  humor  from delicious
september 2013 by katieday
Welcome to Life « Tom Scott
A science fiction VIDEO short story about what you see when you die. Or: the Singularity, ruined by lawyers.
videos  short_stories  future  fiction  youtube  science_fiction 
june 2012 by katieday
The Grand Plan Blog Tour, Day 3: Fictional Places and the Fictional Dream on PaperTigers
PaperTigers, a Pacific Rim Voices project, embraces multicultural books from all over the world, with a special focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia. In addition, their Spirit of PaperTigers outreach project provides donations of new multicultural children's books for schools and libraries, while engaging with local communities to obtain access to clean water in areas of need throughout the world.It's my privilege today, on the fourth anniversary of the PaperTigers blog, to stop by for an interview with Marjorie Coughlan. Marjorie is the PaperTigers editor, and a parent, teacher, and doctoral student in art history. We talk about dreams, reality, P.G.Wodehouse, worlds within worlds, and chocolate, all relative to the writing of The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. And I see that Corinne is representing PaperTigers in Singapore this week at the Asian Festival of Children's Content. A shout-out to AFCC attendees--go to Chris Cheng's session on marketing and enter for a special giveaway on this blog, starting May 26.Tomorrow, four blogs with VCFA connections spotlight four different aspects of the book.
Pacific_Rim  The_Grand_Plan_to_Fix_Everything  multicultural  VCFA  fiction  blog_tour  P.G.Wodehouse  South_Asia  PaperTigers  Asian_Festival_of_Children's_Content  from google
may 2011 by katieday
100 New York Schools Try ‘Common Core’ Approach - NYTimes.com
Excerpt re literacy: 
"While English classes will still include healthy amounts of fiction, the standards say that students should be reading more nonfiction texts as they get older, to prepare them for the kinds of material they will read in college and careers. In the fourth grade, students should be reading about the same amount from “literary” and “informational” texts, according to the standards; in the eighth grade, 45 percent should be literary and 55 percent informational, and by 12th grade, the split should be 30/70."
article  literacy_program  fiction  nonfiction  curriculum  middle_school  secondary_school 
april 2011 by katieday
WorldCat Genres
A good list of genres from WorldCat.... and icon/labels....
genres  worldcat  libraries  cataloging  fiction 
january 2011 by katieday
Top 10s | Books | guardian.co.uk
great lists by authors of their favorite books in different genres
fiction  best_of  booklists 
january 2011 by katieday
Figment.com Aims for Young Readers and Writers - NYTimes.com
"Figment.com will be unveiled on Monday as an experiment in online literature, a free platform for young people to read and write fiction, both on their computers and on their cellphones. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collabo
social_software  ya_lit  writing  fiction  imported_from_delicious 
december 2010 by katieday
The Modern Library | 100 Best | Novels
The Board's List vs. the Readers' List (which got stacked with L Ron Hubbard titles - so ignore)
recommendations  fiction  imported_from_delicious  booklists 
april 2010 by katieday
Ten rules for writing fiction | Books | guardian.co.uk
<< Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts >>
writing  tips  fiction  imported_from_delicious 
march 2010 by katieday
Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction
"Design Fiction is making things that tell stories. It’s like science-fiction in that the stories bring into focus certain matters-of-concern, such as how life is lived, questioning how technology is used and its implications, speculating bout the course
fiction  science_fiction  science  design  future  essays  imported_from_delicious 
december 2009 by katieday
Boing Boing Gift Guide 2009: FICTION
an interesting list of fiction -- especially science fiction -- best of from 2009
2009  best_of  fiction  science_fiction  imported_from_delicious  booklists 
december 2009 by katieday
» Changing our Minds...by Reading Fiction « Brain Fitness Revolution at SharpBrains
by Keith Oatley - << But is the idea of fiction being good for you merely wishful thinking? The members of a small research group in Toronto—Maja Djikic, Raymond Mar, and I—have been working on the problem. We have turned the idea into questions. In what
reading  fiction  empathy  cognition  digitalgist  articles  deep_reading  imported_from_delicious 
september 2009 by katieday
Guernica / Breaking into the Spell -- Interview with Ursula Le Guin
<< "Most recently, my three books of the Annals of the Western Shore have been ignored by both the science fiction community and the literary critics, because they are published as “young adult.” The label YA actually means nothing except that the protago
interview  literary_criticism  genres  science_fiction  ya_lit  literature  fiction  authors  imported_from_delicious 
september 2009 by katieday
What’s the Funniest Novel Ever? - Paper Cuts Blog - NYTimes.com
"In Rolling Stone’s new comedy issue, prominent comedians are asked to name the “funniest movie ever” and the “funniest TV ever.....All of which raises the question: what’s the funniest novel ever? There’s a difference, of course, between the greatest com
novels  fiction  comedy  best_of  lists  literature  imported_from_delicious 
september 2008 by katieday
The death/loss of David Foster Wallace, author of "Infinite Jest" et al
Blog posting: "Head of the tiny pack" (Phil Gyford: Writing)... Gyford includes links to some of DFW's work available on the web
authors  obituary  english_literature  fiction  blogs  david_foster_wallace  imported_from_delicious 
september 2008 by katieday
Ballardian: the World of J.G. Ballard
Ballardian.com is a very unofficial site exploring tropes and motifs found in the work of J.G. Ballard. BALLARDIAN: (adj) 1. of James Graham Ballard (J.G. Ballard; born 1930), the British novelist, or his works. (2) resembling or suggestive of the conditi
fiction  authors  literature  imported_from_delicious 
april 2008 by katieday
Inanimate Alice
'Inanimate Alice' tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad. Over ten episodes, each a self contained story, we see Alice grow from an eight year old living with her par
animation  books  comics  digital  fiction  future  interactive  literature  storytelling  online  imported_from_delicious 
march 2008 by katieday
A classic, or a fraud? - Los Angeles Times
Plagiarism allegations aimed at Wallace Stegner's 'Angle of Repose' won't be put to rest.
plagiarism  fiction  authors  books  imported_from_delicious 
february 2008 by katieday
The Dying Earth
A sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy, set in the far future: decadent, inward-looking, dreaming cities, largely forgotten technology-indistinguishable-from-magic (or maybe it is magic), the sun growing dim, red, splotchy, etc
genres  fiction  earth  environment  future  imported_from_delicious  booklists 
january 2008 by katieday
playing with words
In London next week our first if:book:group brings together a small group of people from the worlds of new media, literature, theatre and playground design to discuss Narrative, Interactivity and Play.

New media fiction has been described as writing in colour rather than black and white. It’s a winning description, but they say radio has better pictures than TV, and the same may still be true of a good story in print versus a slow and clunky multimedia experiment with swimming text and sludgy soundtrack. But things are changing fast.

A funky new reader device - like the pinchable, strokeable iPhone perhaps - and, more importantly, a truly riveting, essentially digital masterpiece could quickly bring a mass readership to this kind of literature.

My sister and I have just bought my mother a widescreen tv. Mum felt I was trying to foist a monstrosity on her. Why would she want some huge, ugly screen dominating her sitting room, what was wrong with the (tiny) telly she already owned? After sleepless nights worrying she’d hate it, in the event, her conversion took less than five minutes. A schools’ programme about the Nile won her round. The quality of sound and image is outstanding; instead of getting an illustrated talk about a place, this screen transports her there.

The boundaries between page and screen, inside and outside, imagination and reality are shifting around us. We are fumbling towards new ways to make and publish fictions online. Interaction needs to be more than the multiple choice options for what’s next. Readers want to inhabit a good book, not be pressured into helping to write it. This was a point made by Guy Parsons, one of the team involved in the PerplexCity game, at a seminar on 27th September on the Reader/Writer Mash Up organised by the Reading Agency and Creative Partnerships in London

Earlier that month an ‘Unconference’ at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, raised the question of what skills we need to make and read multi-platform narratives. Are the channel hopping, multi-tasking children of today exhibiting attention deficit or vital skills in transliteracy?

Instead of visiting one site a time, now we go to our screens and mix up for ourselves a cocktail of activity: emailing friends, checking news feeds, googling for information and surfing fpr pleasure, writing our own documents while listening to music, taking a break to watch a youtube or two… This is the wwwreader in creative control.

Snug & Outdoor is a playground design company I work with which has developed a kit of abstract shapes that children themselves can arrange as they wish to reshape the schoolyard into a changing playscape. The Snug Kit, launched this November, has grown out of observation of how children actually play; they don’t enact complete adventures but drop in and out of narrative threads - walk along a wall and you’re escaping across a chasm; clamber up a tree and you’re creeping up on an enemy; enter an enclosed space and it becomes a homestead where imaginary meals are cooked and served.

So if children so effortlessly switch narratives in their play, how come I still get hooked on formulaic TV and film, over and over and over drawn in by the need to find out whodunnit, whether boy gets girl or goody escapes baddy, when we all know what’s bound to happen and have no reason to care if it didn’t? Can we overcome our addiction to conclusions and find more compelling ways to play with those seven core stories of which all fiction is made?

To be continued...
DMU  fiction  play  transliteracy  from google
october 2007 by katieday
interactive white board redefined
Visit this lovely website by Miranda July that muddies the conventions of reading print and reading via a web browser. You'll never see your old kitchen appliances the same way again. And you'll want to pay close attention to what tricks your newer appliances may be up to.
books  design  fiction  july  from google
april 2007 by katieday

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