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July 11, 2007

Links by Charlton and Dave

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

More linkage from those virtuoso websurfers Charlton Griffin and Dave Lull.

From Charlton:

* Imagine having this beat for a job.

* What if the entire crew of "Star Trek" were Scottish?

* Now that's a powerful zoom lens.

* Some artists make some very strange things.

* TV ought to provide this kind of running tab on everyone who appears on the tube.

* Here's some modern animation that has some of the spirit and pace of the legendary old Warner Bros. cartoons.

* Gotta love those classic game-show bloopers.

From Dave:

* Get to know Britain's biggest-selling female novelist.

* Nathan Glazer does a good job of summing up the history (and failures, and conundrums) of architectural modernism.

* Seth and Tyler wonder what the literary antecedents of blogs might be.

* For the first time in history, more than half the world's people live in cities. Stewart ("How Buildings Learn") Brand explores what this development might mean for all of us. He also wonders about the aesthetics of "squatter cities." One-sixth of humanity now lives in squatter cities.

* Slow Food, Slow Leadership, and now Slow Libraries.

* Is the Texan writer Elmer Kelton one of America's best underknown novelists?

* Bill Kauffman reviews a couple of memoirs about growing up in Iowa, and wonders if we might not be due for an Iowa renaissance.

* Michael Allen, aka the Grumpy Old Bookman dismantles the snooties' contempt for romantic fiction. Let me second Dave's enthusiasm for Michael Allen -- if you've enjoyed my tussles with the publishing world and its pretentions, then you'll really enjoy reading Michael's blog. (He has made his no-holds-barred book "The Truth About Writing" available as a free PDF download. Read it, and save yourself a lot of heartache.) Fun to see that GOB admires the thinking of publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin as much as I do.

And a funny / sad link that I'm proud to have turned up myself:

* Let's hope none of us meet our end this way.

Best, with many thanks to Charlton and Dave,


posted by Michael at July 11, 2007


The high wire inspector video was strangely beautiful and poetic. Who woulda thought?

And the narrator was so philosophical.

To return to Henry Miller: We so often looked to the famous and celebrated for inspiration, but quite often the really great people are completely unknown, modest folks.

What was it he said: "I've only been afraid of three things in my life... electricity, heights... and women... and I'm married, too."

You can't get any better than that.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on July 11, 2007 12:10 PM

I guess the Harry Potter books don't count as novels, then. They're certainly long enough to do so.

Posted by: CyndiF on July 11, 2007 1:26 PM

On Nathan Glazer's article: I think the public list of favorite buildings is skewed by which buildings are easiest for large numbers of people to visit and see. Fallingwater deserves to be up there. Certainly it's better than the Washington National Cathedral, which is clunky and is hideous compared to the great European cathedrals and scores high because we are starved for Gothic drama here. But it's located far out of the way, over an hours drive from any major city.

Posted by: mq on July 12, 2007 6:01 PM

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