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We want control of our bodies - GHOSTCOP
"I'm data exhausted. Not so much worried about the data I leave behind (though I should be), but of the amount I'm consuming. Endlessly, passively, ambiently absorbing and consuming. Like eating all day at a sub-par buffet, constantly full but never sated, to the point where you don't even enjoy your favorite dishes anymore. My brain is stuffed, and yet I can't retain or remember anything. And I physically feel this way, too: bloated, dull, fuzzy. "
writing  net  social 
february 2016 by warrenellis
The Hottest Self-Publishing Platform? Twitter!
"While novels are commonplace now, long-form fiction was often consumed in serialized installments in the past. Take, for example, Dickens‘ The Old Curiosity Shop. Readers were so hungry to find out how the story ended that a mob stormed the wharf when the ship carrying the final installment docked in New York. Serialized fiction phased out when paper media had to cut costs and slim down (or wholly re-design) their issues, but new media—namely Twitter—is bringing the serial fiction format back, albeit bite-sized."
twitter  writing  net  comms 
november 2015 by warrenellis
Cheeky Nando’s, or, what went wrong? | Idiot Joy Showland
"You’re in front of Nando’s. You were there all along. There are things you can remember. Cheeky Nando’s. Extra-hot peri-peri chicken breast on pita with chips and a Coke Zero. Off the wall. Nutter. Your parents dead in bin-bags. Yeah love I’ve been to Nando’s before. Soldiers sweeping down your street helicopters plunging in flames. No shame in lemon and herb mate nah but shall we get a highchair for you while we’re at it. The laughter of women as you crouch naked penis shrivelling knees tucked to chest like the terrified child you’ve always been inside but thought you’d grown hide to conceal. Cheeky Nando’s with the lads. The sky a swollen bleeding pantophagous cunt. Bit expensive but it’s a good laugh. The radiation containment zone now covers the entire mainland United Kingdom north of Wakefield and south of Inverness. The state of emergency is a temporary measure. Fun is mandatory until the crisis passes."
writing 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude : NPR
"Brother Fenton, after whom I was named, brought his fruitcake recipe to the monastery, partly as a way of getting lots of whiskey into the monastery. He devised a recipe that had a lot of whiskey in it."
history  writing 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The death of writing – if James Joyce were alive today he’d be working for Google | Books | The Guardian
"In his landmark essay-cum-manifesto The Book, Spiritual Instrument, Mallarmé claims that everything that exists does so in order to end up in, or as, a book. This book-to-come, he continues, using language that foreshadows Lévi-Strauss’s, would be “an immaculate grouping of universal relationships come together for some miraculous and glittering occasion”, in which typography itself “becomes a rite” (he also calls the book “a tomb in miniature for our souls”). Mallarmé spent the final decades of his life plotting the form this uber-book might take: books in their current state being inadequate for the task of containing everything, he called for a radical dismantling and reconfiguration of the shape and format of the medium itself, envisaging ways in which the page might be unfolded and expanded into performance, social practice, even cult activity. In so doing, he laid the foundations for the 20th-century avant garde, from Cage’s extra‑literary activities or Burroughs’s revolutionary ethnographically inflected provocations to that most immaculate and glittering grouping of all universal – and quotidian – relations, Ulysses, in which Joyce repeatedly states his ambition to make a whole culture, at micro- and macro-level, from its advertising slogans or the small talk in bars to its funerary rituals and the way the entire past and future are imagined, to use Mallarmé’s words, aboutir dans un livre."
writing 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Notes on The Other — Craig Mod
"Disembark your plane at Narita, the airport that shouldn’t exist, the airport that suffered protests, the airport thrust into the countryside, the airport rice farmers attacked with bombs — bombs! — the airport in which one small rice paddy was left in the middle of the tarmac because one farmer simply wouldn’t relent. You hear this — this story of the tarmac rice paddy — about this airport so far from the city proper, and you believe it (why not?) because you can imagine far stranger things happening in this unknowable country about which you know so little."
writing  travel 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Why Do We Say “Wide Awake”?
"The lovely term far nights, with its obsolete genitive, meaning “late in the night,” goes back to Wyatt’s time, and far days even farther."
language  writing 
january 2015 by warrenellis
On Blogging As An Iterative Process
"If my rewriting habit bothers you, you're obviously free to not read what I write. You're also free to rant and rave about it, and howl at the moon, or call the Blog Police and have me arrested."
writing 
january 2015 by warrenellis
How to Pitch an Online Series
"Avoid pricey action scenes. Find a big-name partner. Create something decidedly different than what's on conventional TV. These are some pointers from writers who have sold their web series."
tv  writing 
january 2015 by warrenellis
resolute | the m john harrison blog
"I went home and noted: Only ever write when you have something worth writing. Write short stories because you want to. Write short novels because that’s what you want. Always defer or deny closure. Always break the structure. Always undermine or contradict the rationale. Always refuse a conceptually interpretable or comfortable ending. I thought for a bit and then added: You can offer resolution but only at another level. Then, finally: Keep saying no."
writing 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Jez Butterworth’s True Calling
This was Butterworth’s second Bond; he worked on “Skyfall,” too, making the kind of script changes that his twelve-year-old self, watching the movie at the St. Albans Odeon, would be pleased to see. “You know, like Bond doesn’t have scenes with other men. Bond shoots other men—he doesn’t sit around chatting to them. So you put a line through that.”
writing  bond  writers 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Tangled Nodes: Self Observation Notes #2 | Hawthonn
"Can you imagine rising early in the morning, trudging to the cloister of Desmodus and kneeling on the sodden earth to lick the dew from the rough superfices of the rock? To tongue and bite the celestial mosses that adhere to the surface, and rub cheeks against the rough scabs of lichen? To take a blessed chipping, a pebble relic, and grind it between your front teeth? To lie with the slug, face down on the rock, and kiss the shadow-mouth of your own daemon as it reclines beneath you? To hope that it will whisper the secrets of the dragon’s angle, or the chain of winds, or an impulsive rite: chew on the holly leaf; sculpt your god from mud; take up arms against the brambles."
writing  hauntology  myth 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Change of Place: Kasarani-Gaza-Ferguson – The New Inquiry
"Geographies stitch together, overlap, unmake the distinctions we trace in atlases. We learn to name place, to designate space, to assign fixity to scenes and sites of unmaking. Perhaps the only truth that remains is: “this used to be (called).”"
writing 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Inhuman Nature
"the futurity that inheres in storms and wrecks"
extinction  books  writing 
september 2014 by warrenellis
The Satanic Service of Fireflies | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt
The photon emission resulting from the reaction would tell her just how well her special cells were expressing His Biological Namesake, from which she could determine just how busy this gene du jour was. It never mattered to her what gene she was testing; she was just there for the light. She’d trick the cells into expressing luciferin, open them up, and swirl in His enzyme.
sci  writing 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Polling Your Intestinal Flora: How A Writer Cultivates Instinct « terribleminds: chuck wendig
"WRITE A LOT

"Is it Stephen King’s one million words? Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours? Chuck Wendig’s six shitty trunk novels and four billion tears spilled onto the dry dead earth of literature and publishing? Choose whatever arbitrary number you like, but the idea remains the same –

"You do this thing by doing this thing. You learn to write first and foremost by jolly well fucking writing."
writing 
august 2014 by warrenellis
The Brilliance of Louis C.K.'s Emails: He Writes Like a Politician - Adrienne LaFrance - The Atlantic
"So Louie gives fans the sense that they're being let in on the process, while also carefully guarding your sense of what he's like. He acknowledges the theater of what he does for a living, the absurdity of trying to communicate with hundreds of thousands of people all at once, and the privilege of his position—all within the framework of the "guy who is sitting here." The message he ends up sending is that Louie may not be the underdog anymore but he's clearly rooting for the underdog, and maybe that means he's rooting for you."
writing 
july 2014 by warrenellis
You Wouldn't Like Jonathan Franzen When He's Angry
"Think of all the women who have never slept with Jonathan Franzen. His anger must grow by the day. Soon it will envelop the world, and we will be forced to bow down in chains before it, and create ziggurats out of human corpses as terrible tribute. Some of these women who Failed To Fuck Jonathan Franzen might now be on Twitter, which is wrong because of a German essayist who is now dead."
writing 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Narrative of Fragments – The New Inquiry
"In their introduction to the Fall 1997 issue of The Seneca Review, Deborah Tall and John D’Agata christened and defined the lyric essay. It “forsake[s] narrative line, discursive logic, and the art of persuasion in favor of idiosyncratic meditation…It might move by association, leaping from one path of thought to another by way of imagery or connotation, advancing by juxtaposition or sidewinding poetic logic. Generally it is short, concise and punchy like a prose poem. But it may meander, making use of other genres when they serve its purpose: recombinant, it samples the techniques of fiction, drama, journalism, song, and film.” It is, in other words, a mash-up: borrowing from all, beholden to none. It likes to betray the genres from which it borrows, making wily little jabs at their most dearly held conventions."
writing 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Julian Cope interview: 'I live in a visionary state … I'm a wild beast' | Culture | The Guardian
Did he enjoy being a pop star? "No, I hated it. I hated the assholes. And I hated the fact … it's what Smithy [Mark E Smith] said himself, that all the English bands act like peasants with free milk." What did he mean? "All their belligerence went and they turned into forelock-tugging gruelheads as soon as they were around record company types."
drugs  music  writers  writing 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Sorrow in the Balkans | Virtual Vita Nuova
"Sorrow never stops in the Balkans. It’s the favorite topic, the inspiration, the poetic lament. It’s the history."
war  writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Writers’ Blog-Tour: Nick Harkaway
"I sort of made up my own genre. io9 called Angelmaker “existential pulp“, I think because I have this enduring fascination with ontology as a plot device. "
writing  writers 
may 2014 by warrenellis
In the Spirit of Peter Matthiessen | The Stream | OutsideOnline.com
“I said, ‘You know, I am 82. My best work is behind me. I want to go down with you.’ … It was whitewater and tumbling boulders and waterfalls, everything from side to side and there wasn't any open water there.... When we got to the bottom of this thing, at the end of the run, we were just like two little boys. We were just grinning from ear to ear. I was just so happy. I never thought I would have an adventure again like that. I have had a lot of them in my life, but I didn’t expect one at my age. So that was my last thrill.”
writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
The art of anticipation — The Message — Medium
"So, seasons of TV have become potent, flexible bundles of content, and the design of a season’s shape and its pace and all the attendant anticipation is a task that’s suddenly super interesting, super creative. I think there’s a real opportunity now to splice this seasonal thinking and the fun of waiting (but not for too long) into other media."

Robin Sloan, ahead of the pack yet again.
writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Placelessness - postarchitectural
"What I have been thinking about lately though is placelessness, how home fades away and where home seeps in. I have been in and out, but for many of the people on this project home for the last five months has been somewhere between a hotel and a conference room. Strange things happen when home disappears."
travel  writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Science! and Other Off-the-Wall Études
"Professing values inconsistent with your visible incentives is a kind of naive arrogance. You’re asking people to believe in your superhuman powers. Signal your hidden incentives and hide visible ones selectively to really shape what people think you’ll do."
writing 
may 2014 by warrenellis
"Those Projects" — Studio D Radiodurans
"It’s those projects that rapidly evaporate any tolerance for bullshit."
writing  work  peopleIknow 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers - Open Culture
"Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”"
writing 
march 2014 by warrenellis
James Franco on Shia LaBeouf’s Recent Antics - NYTimes.com
"At times I have felt the need to dissociate myself from my work and public image. In 2009, when I joined the soap opera “General Hospital” at the same time as I was working on films that would receive Oscar nominations and other critical acclaim, my decision was in part an effort to jar expectations of what a film actor does and to undermine the tacit — or not so tacit — hierarchy of entertainment."
work  writing 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Another Way To Breathe - Tracks Of The Year 2013
Kieron Gillen's tracks of the year. Always a good read.
writing 
january 2014 by warrenellis
Toward a Drone Sexuality – Part 1: Knowledge and consent » Cyborgology
"We—the dronesexual, the recently defined, though we only call ourselves this name to ourselves and only ever with the deepest irony—we’re never sure whether the humming is pleasure or whether it’s a form of transmission, but we also don’t really care…There are no dronesexual support groups. We don’t have conferences. There is no established discourse around who we are and what we do. No one writes about us but us, not yet."
drones  writing  sex  philosophy 
december 2013 by warrenellis
You Remember the Planes | New Writing | Granta Magazine
"...you were astonished by the design of the plane, its strangeness and unexpected beauty, all wing, all flight, a metal beast born in the empyrean, in a realm of pure, everlasting fire..."
writing 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Twine: a tool for creating interactive stories
Create your own interactive stories with Twine, the same tool used to produce the stories on this Web site.
software  writing  app  cyoa 
august 2013 by warrenellis
ThoughtMesh: Forging the Future
(old link) The Forging the Future Mesh is a collection of essays and resources related to variable media preservation. The Mesh is organized by Forging the Future, a consortium of museums and cultural heritage organizations dedicated to exploring, developing, and sharing new vocabularies and tools for cultural preservation.
future  writing 
june 2013 by warrenellis
This Is What Happens When Publishers Invest In Long Stories ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
"We decided to experiment with a new, super-long article format akin to "slow live blogging." When we looked at the traffic charts below, our jaws dropped. Here's what we learned about long form stories--and why quality, not velocity, is the future of online news."
journalism  writing  stats 
may 2013 by warrenellis
How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future — Tech News and Analysis
"The NYT’s multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century."
news  writing  journalism 
may 2013 by warrenellis
dOCUMENTA (13)’s 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts // Alejandro Jodorowsky
"The contents being a reproduction of a notebook that, despite the impeccably lettered cover, has nothing to do with the aborted Dune film project. Instead its pages are full of Jodorowsky’s obsession with the Tarot de Marseille. This obsession lasted decades and may offer you at least a partial answer to the question “what has he been doing for the last 30 years?”. In fact Jodorowsky maintained an interest in this centuries old Tarot deck, finally releasing an edition based on his research in 1998 with Philippe Camion."
writing  notebooks 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Rhizome | Xul Solar's Possible Futures
"Only collective inventions have any real value, Xul Solar once told his close friend and fellow Porteño Jorge Luis Borges, trying to convince him (unsuccessfully) to write in Neo-Criollo, one of the two languages he had invented and the one he himself preferred to use for writing and conversation.  Such was the importance to Solar of friendship, sodalities esoteric and otherwise, and cooperation.  These days the artist, who died 50 years ago this month and whose close friendship with Borges is at the heart of an ongoing exhibition at the Americas Society in New York, is remembered less for his hermetic, often illegibly coded mystical watercolor paintings than for the collective séance that he made of his particular corner of Buenos Aires' cosmopolitan avant-garde of the 1920s and the decades that followed."
witers  writing  weird 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Green Pages | Near Future Laboratory
"For those of you who haven’t subscribed, or don’t know about it, Green Pages is Design Fiction operationalized. Green Pages makes Design Fiction into something the entertainment industry can use directly."
future  writing  design+fiction  media 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Michael Chabon and Junot Díaz: Living on the page
"There’s few people who would argue that one does not have to cut a deal with reality to spend so much time on these projects,” Díaz says. “Whether you’re a young artist, or you’re an artist late in their career, you have made a f–king deal with reality. You’re not going to be in the world as much as a normal person, I don’t think."
writing  writers 
december 2012 by warrenellis
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