Terrific dissection of how The Hunger Games became... →
Anyone not listening to the new M. Ward album is... →
The Onion comes to Chicago... →
…but not without difficulty.
John Green's tumblr: Why Libraries Are Different... →
fishingboatproceeds: Yesterday on twitter, I expressed annoyance with the hundreds of people who send me emails or tumblr messages or whatever to let me know that they illegally downloaded one of my books, as if they expect me to reply with my hearty congratulations that they are technologically sophisticated enough…
Bit City: Some Advanced Baseball Statistics I’m... →
A piece I wrote for Bit City in honor of the imminent baseball season. bitcity: WFT% (Percentage of Weak Foul Tips) BBK/BBH (Broken Bats over Knee/Broken Bats over Head) AVG#TO/AB (Avg. Number of Time Outs per At-Bat) wFoHF (Weighted Force of High Fives) WTTZ (Water Cooler Temper Tantrum Zone) x#HC (Expected Number of Hand Claps from…
If you liked Lana Del Rey singing "The Hunger... →
ROLLING STONE says this track is: “the perfect pop culture sweet spot.” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY says: “Amazing.” and “hilarious.” & THE A.V. CLUB says: “perhaps-inevitable but still brilliant.”
We found a bunch of new fairy tales and it turns... →
We live in amazing times.
The important humbling and continuing minor league... →
Thank god. Make him get you a million more burgers, Zim.
The Book Battle Rages On →
This speech is great, funny, and, yes, beautiful. →
Springsteen crushes it. Bruuuuuuuce!
Studio 360 takes on Woody Guthrie AND Andrew Bird. →
IN ONE GREAT EPISODE!
I have to stop thinking this way about the... →
Some Things I Like To Feel At The End Of A Novel
bitcity: I read a lot of novels. And when I get to the end of one, I want to feel something. Ideally I’d like to be completely changed into a better person with a clearer understanding of my life and the invisible, tenuous, gossamer-strands of love all around me in the world. But most of the time by chapter three I’ve already started thinking about what book I want to read next. For a book to...
Let the games begin! (I mean...how to sell The... →
Very nearly unspoken in this article is the tiny detail that the 24 MILLION copies of the books are in print. (I feel like nearly everyone has read them, and since probably ten different people borrowed my copies, it might be fair to say that that the number of people who have actually read the books is actually HIGHER than 24 million.) Isn’t it entirely possible that this is a movie that...
You mean the FAA and airlines might come out of... →
How many social networks do we want? How many do... →
More than one for sure.
At least baseball phenom/major jerk Bryce Harper... →
OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
I'm excited to be contributing some writing (like... →
Please follow! (We’re also currently searching for a description to replace “comedy blog” that doesn’t make us want to dry-heave.)
I like this: creativity as a function of work, not... →
Andrew Bird hits the big time. →
Scott Turow's comments on the possible lawsuit... →
More hand-wringing and nervousness about this.
One of the absolute best political articles I've... →
Gender politics in literature; male authors can't... →
A continuation of the worlds oldest discussion. Also, a continuation of this classic chestnut.
What's Twitter going to do to start making $$? →
I love these “now we have to figure out how to monetize it” pieces on startups.
It's easy to bash Amazon (see earlier post from... →
Even without a Kindle (but WITH the Kindle app), I enjoyed reading Keith Gessen’s nonfiction peek inside the writing, selling, and marketing of Chad Harbach’s recent novel “The Art of Fielding.” I agree with Dwight Garner there’s a lot of interesting promise in the format.
A wonderful - and strangely beautiful - piece of... →
From Nathan Englander, who I am now more eager than ever to read.
A peek inside the human costs it takes to get the... →
We probably don’t want to think about it, but there it is. Kind of like the unseen human cost in China to make our iPhones.
My hat is off to everybody that keeps up with the... →
I listen to WTF off and on, and was recently turned on to Earwolf. But besides the “incestuous” problem Steve identifies in this piece, there’s a definite barrier to entry with many of these podcasts by now. Hundreds of episodes in, each with their own established audience-base, I personally have a hard time finding my way in on a lot of these. Listening to a bunch of strangers...
My exciting (read: nerdy) first contribution to a Kickstarter project.
Turns out brainstorming doesn't work. So what's a... →
Are audio books lame? →
& is thinking that they are lame nothing but pure snobbery? A good piece (with just a touch too much ego for my taste).
Fascinating piece on Brandon McCarthy using... →
I absolutely love the idea of a thoughtful MLB pitcher logging onto FireJoeMorgan.com and fangraphs.com to (re-)educate himself.