2. I’ve always been interested in the real-life stories behind great works of fiction, so this Jezebel gallery is up my alley. Most of these are familiar, but I didn’t know that Humbert Humbert’s road trip with Lolita Haze was based on a real news story.
3. Billy Collins, a former US Poet Laureate who we like, tries to read poetry on an e-reader device and is highly unimpressed. “Poetry is like a piece of sculpture and can easily break.” He’s probably right about current e-readers, though we hope our Action Poetry pages show one of many new and different ways that poetry can be shared and appreciated online.
4. “Punctuation can go viral. Syntax is a meme.” A perceptive article by Conor J. Dillon about why Internet writers love the colon.
5. Who do you write like? I tried two text passages from this blog and found out I write like H. P. Lovecraft and Dan Brown. Not what I expected, but okay then.
6. But Allen Ginsberg’s eyes weren’t all squinty. James Franco as the Beatnik Bard in the upcoming film Howl, hitting theaters this fall. I’m eager to see the movie, still not sure what to expect.
8. Esteemed literary publisher Farrar Straus and Giroux is reaching out to readers with a new and happily content-rich newsletter/website called Work in Progress.
9. Pens With Cojones offers a neat idea to spark your writing: look at a fashion blog..
13. “The standard image of an angel as a man with wings and usually also a halo has endured from the fifth century to the present day.” What Do Angels Look Like?
14. LitDrift tries to use meditation as a writing tool, with mixed results: “… writing gives me too much joy to give up. Any other life wouldn’t be the one I ordered. So I suck it up and order pizza and turn on the TV and push through the car wash of emotion for however long it lasts.”