Spitballing Indy: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and the creation of Indiana Jones

Interesting glimpse into the creative process. The hero, Lucas explains, is a globe-trotting archaeologist, “a bounty hunter of antiquities.” He’s a professor, a Ph.D.—“People call him doctor.” But he’s a little “rough and tumble.” As the men hash out the Jones iconography, they refer, incessantly, to other films, invoking Eastwood, Bond, and Mifune. He will dress like Bogart in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” Lucas says: “the khaki pants…the…

Why E Readers Are Bad – The Problem with Kindle and EReaders – Esquire

I mostly use my 4-year-old Kindle for the text-to-speech function, since the Kindle app on my university-supplied iPad duplicates all the other functions. Bring on the innovation. I can imagine buying a new e-reader, but so far have seen nothing worthwhile. But that was the Kindle 2. I assumed that the difficulties with the machine — the awkwardness of the notes, the difficulty of navigating through text — would be…

The art of making magazines (edited by victor s. navasky and evan cornog)

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet you read magazines. Technically, you may even be reading one now—though I’m not sure if bookforum.com really qualifies. The “.com” might denote precisely what isn’t Bookforum. I’m typing onto a computer screen; you’re reading from one. No trees have been killed. Are we in a magazine? I’m asking because I don’t honestly know. –bookforum.com.