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Hey you guys — check out Tumblr Tuesday! Incidentally this the expression I had on my face a few minutes ago at the coffee shop when the lady in front of me had three bags arranged like a blockade on the counter in front of the self-service coffee pots and was like ‘oh am I in ur way?’ and I was like ‘I can’t even.’ Also, for anyone clicking through who wants more info the The Metropolis Case, the book’s web site is here and it has all sorts of great time-wasting music viddies best watched in a somewhat inebriated state and with the volume very very very loud.
Name Matthew Gallaway
Location Washington Heights, Manhattan
First post November 2008
Matthew Gallaway: Blogger, lover of all animals (especially cats), and now, novelist! Crown Publishing recently published his first novel, The Metropolis Case, about four characters whose lives are tied together by a love for the Wagnerian masterpiece Tristan and Isolde. The New York Times said “The book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.” He lives with his partner Stephen and three cats, Dante, Zephyr, and Elektra.
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The Monkeys You Ordered
Literal New Yorker captions.
Cats Watching You Have Sex
You’ve always pretended they weren’t watching you get it on. You’ve always been wrong.
McNally Jackson Bookmongers
Dispatches from an independent bookstore in New York City.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor black woman, a tobacco farmer. She knew that something was wrong when she went to seek health care at the free “colored” ward of John Hopkins Hospital. She was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cervical cancer, and during her treatment — without her consent or knowledge — they cut out a piece of her. The cancer cells they cut are still alive today, are growing as I write this, are growing as you read it, are being bought, being sold, and being used for so many different kinds of research, I doubt there’s anyone who could name them all.
Henrietta Lacks died an excruciatingly painful death in 1951. And her cells have helped to develop seemingly endless medical advancements since then, and continue to develop them now. But just like Henrietta Lacks was never told that they cut out a piece of her cervix, her family was never told that here cells were still alive. The Lacks family only learned through a long series of events over 20 years later. Though those cells have made billions of dollars for various companies — both directly through the selling of HeLa to researchers, and indirectly through the selling of medicines and treatments HeLa has been integral in developing — they have not made a cent for the Lacks family. Indeed, at the time the book was written, many of Henrietta’s children and grandchildren continued to struggle financially, and several did not have health insurance to access the care that only exists because their mother and grandmother died.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot and released in 2010, is about all of this.
Meet The Bird Sisters
Author Rebecca Rasmussen reads from her novel The Bird Sisters, which is forthcoming from Crown Publishers on April 12th, 2011. Visit her at thebirdsisters.com
(by Lisa Napoli)
Based on the preface to the upcoming book Radio Shangri-La, this video looks at an exercise in positive psychology called 3 Good Things. And hopes to inspire viewers to tweet their 3 good things from each day.
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters
On their wedding day.
From the DECISION POINTS DELUXE eBOOK EDITION
Produced this motion graphics video for the DECISION POINTS Deluxe eBook Edition.
A groundbreaking first in bringing multimedia to presidential memoir, the Deluxe eBook edition of Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history—and on the man at the center of events.
There are few things—ok, perhaps zero things—that could make me want to read George W. Bush’s autobiography, but this trailer for the Deluxe eBook edition comes close. My interest is piqued. The commercial promises a “new kind of autobiography, a new kind of reading experience.” Now, this could be a lot of bluster—we are talking about a former president here—but I’m VERY curious how well these multimedia features are integrated into the text of the book and how rich vs. distracting it is.
But here’s my usual caveat: Are publishers going far enough? Are they really exploiting the potential of the iPad? It’s not enough to replicate the experience of reading a book (although that is a good place to start). I’m not convinced that simply adding more content—including video—is enough to compel a critical mass of readers to choose one reading experience over another. It feels a little … lazy. Just like with newspaper and with magazine publishers, the opportunity is here for book publishers to create an entirely different experience, separate from its print antecedent.