Monthly Archives: June 2011

Huck Finn: An Alternate Take

When Alan Gribben, a Mark Twain scholar from Montgomery, decided to put out an edited version of Huck Finn minus the racial slurs, the blogosphere and the newsosphere went nuts. Bloggers, columnists, writers, academics–all jumped on the topic, most to … Continue reading

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Great Story Songs of Yore

Is it just me or is the melodramatic story song a lost art? Here are some gems from the long-ago time before “niche programming” made pop songs about cannibalism all but impossible to pull off. Run, Joey, Run Thank you, … Continue reading

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Some Kickin’ Book Signings

I worked at Tattered Cover Book Store for ten years, and in that time, was present for roughly a thousand book signings. Which ones worked? Which didn’t? Here are a few that stand out:

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Some Thoughts on Book Signings (while they still exist)

Though the days of extended book tours at brick-and-mortar stores might be fading fast, good self-promotional skills never die. So if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in front of an audience of potential buyers at an event, here are … Continue reading

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Summer TV; Not an Oxymoron Anymore

Just when you thought it was safe to turn off your TV and go outside for awhile, the cable networks come along and make sure you keep power-lounging. Here’s what I’m programming into the DVR this summer:

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Some of the Loudest Movies Ever

Ever notice the sound effects editors seem to work overtime on some films? From explosions to machines to screaming to music, and all combinations of the above, have your remote handy so you can keep adjusting the volume for these … Continue reading

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Websites That Fail

Previously, I highlighted some websites and blogs that I found to be awesome. In the yin to that yang, here’s the awesome-not-so-much.  I won’t pick on anyone specific, but there were some booboos I noticed over and over that really … Continue reading

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Websites That Win

When I was surfing the web, as the techies say, trying to envision my own website, I checked out seemingly millions of blogs and websites. I discovered something: some of them suck. I decided I didn’t want to have one … Continue reading

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Twitterpated: adj., confused by affection or infatuation. I hear you, Twitterers. Tweeters? Twits? I know you think people must join you or they will waste away in the new media landscape like zombies with no brains to eat. I hear … Continue reading

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Another Writer Jumps on the Blogwagon.

I’m an aspiring novelist and decided after years of waffling to merge onto the information highway. (This is back when the internet was still called that.) First exit: Stop calling it the information highway, there, 1995.

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