You Don’t Have To Dress Like a Turnip

There was once a National Lampoon vinyl album (yes, that long ago) in which a person, barely heard in the spoof audience kept saying, “Hey! I’m dressed like a turnip!” Finally the spoofed emcee said, “I see someone out there in the audience dressed as a turnip.” In the age of mass media, mass everything,…

Good-bye, Doc

His life of music was one in which he chronicled the American experience as it came to him from tradition and history as bluegrass bled through and became country, from other musicians playing that hard-to-categorize genre called folk, which taken together, assayed America as well or better than anything Mark Twain ever wrote.

Making Hay of Social Media

As a group, we writers seem resistant to go digital/electronic. I admit, there's nothing like thumbing through a just-published book with one's name on it. Still, the digital world is ever more a reality these days. bookhitch posted this on making use of social media. I'm just sayin'….      Tweet Your Way to the Top Of…

Freakonomics » How I Self-Published a Book, And How You Can Too

Sad to say, but this article tells it exactly how it is in the pub industry. The only caveat is that the author has had the advantage of five conventionally published books on which to build his digital platform. This is a cross-post from James Altucher‘s blog Altucher Confidential. His previous appearances on the Freakonomics…

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace – review | Books | The Guardian

I haven't read Wallace's cobbled-together book and likely won't. I've read enough of his work, and Franzen's, to realize their writing talents are immense, but wasted on ego-tripping. Still, I can't help but read about Wallace's new book via the media blitz its publisher is orchestrating. Of the reviews I've read, this one seems likely…

The Fastest Dying Businesses? Media Wins The Prize – The Atlantic

Depending on how broadly you define media, six of these ten businesses can be media related. It's a brave new world out there. At the center of a perfect storm of boomer burnout, a brutal recession, and a rapidly changing industry, the mobile home retail market could be the worst industry in America. Here's why….