The Written Word Still Thrives

Rushkoff’s “A Computer Ate My Book” paints a more symbiotic relationship between the print and electronic worlds. He sees book writing and online publishing as two sides of the same coin. He appreciates the tangible appeal of books but also resents that his American publishers won’t let him release electronic versions of his books. –Susannah Breslin –The Written Word Still Thrives  (Wired) I probably blog Wired too much, but this…

Spock the Sith Slayer

As befits its beginnings, the genre is planted firmly in pop culture’s nerd division. The films most often given the fanfic treatment – The Matrix, X-Men, and Pirates of the Caribbean – wing straight out of dork central. There are thousands of fanfics online for each popular anime TV series, and many hundreds for sci-fi shows you might think no one even watches. When my wife was a teen in…

Updiking the Ante: A disturbingly close reading

Edmund Wilson once wrote, “Doorbell broken–please knock.” How might this sentiment be applied to Cheever’s Neddy Merrill, who finds himself looking through the windows of his own deserted house? Compare Neddy Merrill’s feelings at that moment to the feelings of, for example, a fictional Assistant Professor after a humiliating and unfair performance review by the head of the English Department. Describe the head of the English Department. How pompous do…

My 1999 Protoblog

This page provides the usual list of links to writing resources on the Internet… but instead of trying to cover everything in a long list, I have been very selective. The “Spotlight” section features links to articles about academic writing. If you have suggstions for this page, please let me know. –Dennis G. Jerz –My 1999 Protoblog (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Last year, I had a mathematics blockage and prematurely announced the…