Three Things Make a “Post”

Let’s start with the delightful “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. Along with the proliferation of apostrophes where no apostrophe needs to be, we see “quotation marks” all over the place. Someone is keeping track and commenting dryly on them.

I find this one fascinating: The Book Depository Live. Watch in real time as people all over the world buy books. Why I should be mesmerized by seeing someone buying Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys in Sweden, I don’t really know. It’s the magic of the WWW.

And a link for Shakespeare buffs to add to their bookmarks: Shakespeare and Film: A Microblog. Great source of news on new and old movie versions, dvd releases (including David!! Tennant’s!! Hamlet!!!), and useful YouTube clips.

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Literary Links for Women’s Lit

A series of articles relating to our recent reading of “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists”:

This article directly references Eliot in her review of “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”

This is the one I read out in class, talking about a new line of bad “feminist” fiction.

This is the very amusing discussion of Twilight that I read from in class. By the way, one or two of you might like to do your paper on the Twilight books!

This is a rather more comprehensive discussion of “chick-lit” from the Salon.

And finally, Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper

Aardman does Shakespeare

Brilliantly, of course. How many plays can you identify?

“engrossing collection of letters”

Camosun’s own Jim Sexton has recently published a collection of letters by Aldous Huxley. Here is one review, from the International Herald Tribune

Eco (Umberto, that is) on Mac vs Dos

This will probably sweep the internets now that Stephen Fry has posted about it on his blog, but never mind. It deserves to sweep. And my link is to a fuller version of Eco’s essay than the one referenced by Stephen Fry.
Here’s a taste:

The fact is that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach — if not the kingdom of Heaven — the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.

Jane Austen’s World

In keeping with the current “Jane” trend, here is a lovely blog on all things Austen. Not only are the main entries fascinating in and of themselves – interviews with people connected with recent movies, explorations of daily life, in depth treatment of all kinds of fascinating topics – but if you explore the additional pages you’ll find a wealth of links to other material. Even the most fanatical Austen-ite must find this a satisfying “world” to visit.

BBC Writersroom

Relatively new to the blogosphere, but with a lot of potential, is the BBC Writersroom, a group blog with contributions by writers of BBC drama. It gives some great insights for those interested in writing for radio or television.