30 year of Neuromancer. The Guardian explores William Gibson’s predictive vision of the Internet and technology.
Bill Gates: Six ‘Really Fantastic Books’ to Read This Summer. Yes to ”The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert. Terrific mix of science and storytelling.
In admonishing against their usage, Kurt Vonnegut famously called semicolons “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing," adding that "all they do is show you’ve been to college"; now, The Oatmeal is choosing to ignore Vonnegut’s advice in an illustrated guide to using semicolons.
What’s the best book set in your state?
The art of library cards.
Fiction & film, meet interlocking plastic bricks.
LEGO Stories: http://lego-stories.tumblr.com
Open Culture unearths Raymond Chandler’s 10 rules for detective stories, many of which apply just as perfectly to storytelling in general.
Pair with Chandler’s advice on writing and the only surviving recording of his voice, then revisit other notable writerly rule-lists from Elmore Leonard, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry Miller, Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, and Jack Kerouac.
Storytelling matters now. Emotion matters. Our imagination has become an ecological force.
Jon Mooallem's fantastic TED talk about the strange story of the teddy bear and what it reveals about our relationship to animals, based on his even more fantastic book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America. Illustrations by the one and only Wendy MacNaughton.
Wow, great talk.