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Friday, 15 September


The Day After The Paris Review

Over the centuries, there have been innumerable interpretations of the story of Adam and Eve. This week on the Daily, Stephen Greenblatt, the author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Everetells some of these legends in modern idiom, and invents a few of his own.

William Blake, The Expulsion from Eden (detail), 1808.


The first humans were perfectly beautiful and very wise, but they lacked one of the five senses on which fallen humanity most depends: sight. In their original state, Adam and Eve were completely blind (Clem. Hom 3:42, in Evans 95). They had no need to see, since they were in a world designed to meet their every need. If they wanted something to eat or drink, it was always within grasp. And when God brought the animals to Adam for him to name, Adam simply reached out and touched each of them, knowing from the touch what name to assign. Perhaps their happy blindnesshappy, of course, because they did not know that they could not seehelps to explain their transgression, since it might have been difficult for them to distinguish the forbidden fruit from all others, particularly if the enemy were bent on deceiving them. In any case, their condition helps to explain their complete absence of shame, for it was only after their fall that God removed the coating that had blinded their eyes. As soon as they could see, in the wake of their disobedience, they hastened to cover themselves: And the eyes of the two were opened, and they knew they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves and made themselves loincloths. 


Did God really not know where the humans were hiding? Or did He see them, the way a parent sees a small child ineptly attempting to hide? If He did know exactly where they were, why did He say, Where are you? Parents ask the question in order to amuse their children, but the humans were afraid, not amused. And those other questions, tooWho told you that you were naked? From the tree I commanded you not to eat have you eaten? did God not already know the truth? Why did He bother to ask?


God thought of ways to punish the woman for what she had done, without i...


365 Challenge: Day 187 Riff This Is My Truth Now

Riff: (a) short repeated phrase in popular music and jazz, typically used as an introduction or refrain in a song, (b) random discussion or going off about something in Jays blog (might be a commandeered definition again)


In Thursdays post, I mentioned the next word would be riff, but for some reason, I had a slightly different definition in my head. I knew it was related to music, but I also thought it meant to just randomly talk about something in a negative way / complaining. When I went to my trusty online dictionary, I had a moment of wow, youre not very bright anymore, are you Jay? It seems I might have re-purposed this word in the past for my own usage. Rather than make up something today, I will accept my foolish minds mistake and try to build a halfway decent post around the word riff. And maybe someone can understand the logic that lurks deep within my recesses.  {Aside: Did I use the word recesses properly or have I made another Jay-ism? As I write this, I used the word rents in a sentence to a friend I adore. She didnt know what I meant. I suddenly realized Does no one else call their parents the rents sometimes? My friend claimed it might be a Jay-ism. Perhaps thats the real issue here is there such a word as Jay-ism ?}

I have...


Shoptalk: The True Value in News is Commanding an Audience Editor & Publisher

This article is worthless. You heard me. I wouldnt pay a dime to read it, wouldnt pay myself a dime to produce it and wouldnt pay a dime to publish it.

Even if this were to go viral on BuzzFeed or Forbes, its not like it would feed my family.

The issue is this: The article itself, as a form of writing, has been devalued to the point where its essential value is zero.

Part of it is because platforms like Upwork and Fiverr have made it possible to commission 300 words on anything for a few bucks.

But more than that, there are thousands of people with real talent who are sharing their art with the world. There are more brilliant articles written each day than anyone could possibly consume. Even the best of them arent enough to move any financial needle.

The apocryphal example is the massive enterprise project from Mother Jones on the problems with private prisons. If youre in the journalism world, youve probably heard about it. The story racked up more than a million views and had a tangible impact on public policy. It cost roughly $350,000 to produce. Online, it brought in roughly $5,000 in revenue.

An article is worthless. An audiencenow thats valuable.

Journalists, especially at the local level, have been conditioned to believe that they are cogs in a machine, replaceable, interchangeable and useful only for churning out content to fill a news hole. Theyve generally not been willing or empowered to wield their clout to push for change in their institutions or command higher salaries.

This must change, and quickly.

Chasing page views is a losing battle. Building a stable of committed, enthusiastic subscribers is the only way to sustain a news product in the internet era.

Journalists who are able to help do this will become increasingly valuable. A reporter who can pull in 1,000 paying subscribers is more than paying their salary.

The problem then becomes creating the right incentives. The metrics here are less cut and dry. How many people maintained their subscriptions with Mother Jones because of the prison story? It...


To-Day (Jerome) New Online Books

To-Day, ed. by Jerome K. Jerome and Barry Pain (partial serial archives)

Tradition and Progress (Murray) New Online Books

Tradition and Progress (essay and lecture collection; Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1922), by Gilbert Murray (multiple formats at

Satanism and the World Order (Murray) New Online Books

Satanism and the World Order (London: G. Allen and Unwin Ltd., c1920), by Gilbert Murray (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

Mongrel Virginians (Estabrook) New Online Books

Mongrel Virginians: The Win Tribe (Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Co., 1926), by Arthur H. Estabrook and Ivan E. McDougle (page images at HathiTrust)

Thomas Price (A Pioneer in Posey County, Indiana) and His Descendants (Cox) New Online Books

Thomas Price (A Pioneer in Posey County, Indiana) and His Descendants: A History and Genealogy (Owensville, IN: Printed in the Messenger Office, 1926), by John E. Cox (page images at HathiTrust)

My Family Memoirs (Hughes) New Online Books

My Family Memoirs (Baltimore: Printed by King Bros., 1931), by Thomas Hughes (page images at HathiTrust)

Beyond the Snow (Reed) New Online Books

Beyond the Snow: Being a History of Trim's Adventures in Nordlichtschein (Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1873), by P. Fishe Reed (page images at HathiTrust)

Relation des Choses de Yucatan de Diego de Landa (Landa) New Online Books

Relation des Choses de Yucatan de Diego de Landa: Texte Espagnol et Traduction Franaise en Regard, Comprenant les Signes du Calendrier et de l'Alphabet Hiroglyphique de la Langue Maya (Collection de Documents Dans les Langues Indigenes v3, in Spanish and French; Paris: A. Durand, 1864), by Diego de Landa, contrib. by abb Brasseur de Bourbourg (stable link)


Seascape, William Trost Richards, 1897 The Lion of Chaeronea

Seascape, William Trost Richards, 1897


The Tell-Tale Tarte (A Five-Ingredient Mystery #4) Any Good Book

Author:  Maya Corrigan
Genre:  Mystery

Hardcover; Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #: 9781432840457; 9781496709172
Kensington Publishing
304 Pages
$26.20; $7.99; $5.99 Amazon
June 27, 2017

The last thing Val needs in her life is an unsolved murder, especially when the victim, an actor famed for impersonating Edgar Allan Poe, happens to be dressed exactly like her Granddad.  To keep an eye on Granddad, whose latest job takes him to the home of Rick Usher, a local author inspired by Poe, Val gets herself hired as a cook in Rick's House of Usher.  When she discovers the actor wasn't the only one doing an impersonation, separating the innocent from the murderous becomes a real-life horror story.  But Val must decipher a killer's M.O. sooner rather than later...or she can forget about finding poetic justice.

Val Deniston lives with her grandfather in Bayport, Maryland and runs a cafe in the local fitness club, and does catering on the side.  While helping her friend Bethany search for a wedding dress, they see a man who resembles her grandfather's new look - black coat, beard, tinted glasses - and thinks it might be him.  When the man falls in front of a car, she dashes toward him, relieved her fears were unfounded, but still helping give him CPR.  Unfortunately, no amount of CPR could save the man, still unknown to her and the people nearby.  Later that night she she finds out from her boyfriend Gunnar the man's name - Emmett Flint, an actor in the same troupe as Gunnar.

When Val goes to her latest job, a book club, it's when she's serving dessert that she sees the "noted author" invited is not only not the author, it's her grandfather Don who, for some unknown reason, is impersonating Rick Usher, the author in question.  Rick has made a career of writing in the style of Edgar Allan Poe and has quite a group of followers himself.  But when she questions his assistant Clancy, also attending the dinner, she discovers only that 'Rick' is supposedly hoarse from an ailment and Clancy is answering all questions.

As time progresses it is discovered that Emmett may not have died from natural causes, and Val is w...


With Scripted Comedy Videos, The Washington Post Wants to Provide New Entry Points to the News Editor & Publisher

Making fun of both Apple and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the same time isnt easy, but The Washington Post somehow pulled it off. Earlier this month the newspapers video team published Meet Sarah, the New Siri, a short satirical video that used the stylings of Apples ads to poke fun at Sanders repeated but often unfulfilled assurances to reporters that Ill get back to you on that.


The Pivot to Authentication: Inside Fox News First Site Redesign in 5 Years Editor & Publisher

As digital publishers scramble to put more video on their sites, broadcasters are busy figuring out how to get their visitors to log in.


Straus Media Welcomes New Arts And Entertainment Director Editor & Publisher

Straus Media-Manhattan hired journalist Alizah Salario as Arts and Entertainment Director for, Manhattans neighborhood niche events site. is Manhattans hyperlocal events platform, serving as the funnel for Straus Medias arts and entertainment coverage in its prints publications: Our Town, The Eastsider, The West Side Spirit, The Westsider, Our Town Downtown, The Downtowner, The Chelsea News and The Chelsea Clinton News.

Alizah Salario

In addition to reporting on arts and entertainment on and in print, Salario will be working with local arts groups and individual artists to curate neighborhood events on that reflect the range and diversity of creative happenings in Manhattan. Groups and individuals can post their events for free on NYC Now.

Prior to joining Straus Media, Salario worked as an editor for Metro, as a writer for Time Inc., and as a reporter for Money magazine. She was the 2010 journalism fellow at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, and her reporting essays, and criticism have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Racked, Slate and other publications.

Were so excited to have Alizah on board, said Editor-in-Chief Alexis Gelber. Shes an incredibly gifted writer.

She hit the ground running and has already brought many innovative ideas to the table, added publisher Jeanne Straus.

Straus Media-Manhattan is the award-winning publisher of and eight hyperlocal neighborhood newspapers across Manhattan, including: Our Town Eastsider, The West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, and The Chelsea News.


Ancient Mesopotamian jasper cylinder seal, depicting long-necked... The Lion of Chaeronea

Ancient Mesopotamian jasper cylinder seal, depicting long-necked lions and lion-headed eagles.  Artist unknown; Uruk Period (ca. 4100-3000 BCE).  Now in the Louvre.  Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons.


Sortable Analytics Helps Publishers Optimize Their Revenue Faster Editor & Publisher

Publishers need to be able to wring every dollar out of their content, and the quicker they can access performance metrics, the better they are able to do so.

For Running Shoes Guru, a one-person publication started in 2009, an analytics dashboard offering same-day ad performance and editorial metrics has led to significant revenue growth. The site, which draws more than 750,000 visitors a month, reviews of running shoes alongside related content, earning revenue from affiliate commissions and display ads.


John Gardners Tricksy Death and Tangled Legacy The Paris Review

From the cover of John Gardners Grendel.


I think it has given a few readers pleasure. And I suppose it may have depressed a few. I hope it does more good than harm.

John Gardner, when asked what effect he thinks his writing has had on people, in conversation in The Paris Review, issue no. 75 (Spring 1979).

Two weeks before his third wedding, John Gardner, novelist and writing teacher, was drifting in a small boat on a lake in the middle of the night, despairing. Hed lost control of his personal life, his health, and his finances. Once made rich by his best sellers, he now owed five hundred thousand dollars in back taxes. Once a literary darling, hed made himself an outcast. That night on the lake, he told his friend he was afraid he was going to die. And days laterthirty-five years ago to the dayhe did. John Gardner was only forty-nine when his motorcycle crashed along the Susquehanna River in New York. 

Today, weve mostly forgotten about Gardner. But in the sixties and seventies, he was a star: a regular at Bread Loaf, and an advocate for a kind of mimesis he called the vivid and continuous dream. He taught writers such as Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, Tim OBrien, Raymond Carver, and many others, many of whom went on to great success. He made himself into an icon of the postwar realist-fiction boom and of the nascent creative-writing industrial complex. And then, just as his career was reaching top speed, it tipped over. The wreckage, you can imagine, was fiery.

As a boy, John Gardner Jr., who everyone then called Bud, learned about the realities of death on his family farm: he ran over his six-year-old brother with a cultipacker and killed him. That accident shaped his life for decades to come. Viewed in this context, his middle-age preoccupation with death seems less prescient. It was a part of who he was and of who he became; today, its a part of how we remember him, along with our idea of him as a fierce protector of young writers, the mentor of up-and-coming talents, and the author of books like On Becoming a Novelist (still a standard...


Trump Administration Launches Broad New Anti-Leak Program Editor & Publisher

The top US national security official has directed government departments and agencies to warn employees across the entire federal government next week about the dangers and consequences of leaking even unclassified information.

The Trump administration has already promised an aggressive crackdown on anyone who leaks classified information. The latest move is a dramatic step that could greatly expand what type of leaks are under scrutiny and who will be scrutinized.


pagewoman: The Hermitage Bridge, Dunkeld, Perthshire,... The Lion of Chaeronea


The Hermitage Bridge, Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland 

by Tamas Katai


How Readers Digest Cut Its Page-Load Time by 40 Percent This Year Editor & Publisher

Your grandmothers favorite magazine is getting a makeover to ready itself for the digital age.

Trusted Media Brands, the publisher of titles including Readers Digest, Taste of Home and The Family Handyman, cut down the average time users have to wait before they can scroll on its webpages from 3.5 seconds a year ago to 2 seconds today, said Nick Contardo, vp of product and tech at TMB.


Fake News Probably Wont Affect the Outcome of Germanys Election. Heres Why. Editor & Publisher

Even though Germany is less than two weeks away from its federal election, Jacques Pezet isnt worried. At least, not yet.

Its not really like weve been having a lot of fake news, said the fact-checker for Correctiv, a German nonprofit media group.


George Luby, Former Chieftain Editor, Dies at 93 Editor & Publisher

George L. Luby loved the newspaper business and made his career as a respected reporter and editor, including nearly 40 years at The Pueblo Chieftain, where many senior staffers considered him a mentor.

Luby, 93, died at a Denver care center on Sept. 7.



The Art of Space Art The Paris Review

Tim Pyles conception of the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


Between 1952 and 1954, the Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun ran a popular series in Colliers Weekly called Man Will Conquer Space Soon!, outlining a manifest-destiny approach to space, the moon, and Mars. The articles were prescient in their analysis of how we might colonize the stars, but what really brought the possibility of human spaceflight to life in the public consciousness were the illustrations: planets, rockets, human settlements. These were rendered by a trio of artists that included Chesley Bonestell, widely considered the father of what weve come to call space art. The genre soon bubbled over with breathless visual predictions of our ascent into outer space, wrought with glamor and a childlike wonder, like pulp-fiction covers for what the future was going to be.

People have been painting celestial bodies for thousands of years, but only after World War II, as space programs flourished, did the field evolve into a thriving subgenre, and an occupation in its own right; with new technology came a new lust for imagery. NASA, founded in 1958, has commissioned space art since its inception, and along with the European Space Agency its sponsored artists residencies over the years. It could be argued that NASA owes its very existence to space artists, Jon Ramer, president of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, told me in an email. The IAAA currently stands at 120 members worldwide, and serves as a sort of hub connecting the community. 

NASA had a critical revelation early on: an astonishing discovery means nothing if the public only registers it as an abstraction. We cant quite photo...


Metellus Raising the Siege, Armand-Charles Caraffe (1762-1822) The Lion of Chaeronea

Metellus Raising the Siege, Armand-Charles Caraffe (1762-1822)


Google News Zooms in on Hyperlocal and Community News Editor & Publisher

Google News announced a new focus on hyperlocal and community news Thursday with a feature called Community Updates.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma really showed the power of local journalists as the eyes and ears of the community, said James Morehead, a product manager at Google News. Local news pulls communities together, he said, and informs voters about issues that directly impact them.


Gizmodo General Counsel Reflects on Worrying Legal Climate for Journalism Editor & Publisher

Journalists at Gizmodo Media Group havent shied away from hard-hitting reporting since Hulk Hogans privacy lawsuit bankrupted its parent company, Gawker, last year. Thats according to Gizmodo general counsel Lynn Oberlander, who says the reason they hired me is because Im a journalists lawyer, and they want to be in a position to do aggressive journalism.


The Washington Posts Robot Reporter Has Published 850 Articles in the Past Year Editor & Publisher

Its been a year since The Washington Post started using its homegrown artificial intelligence technology, Heliograf, to spit out around 300 short reports and alerts on the Rio Olympics. Since then, its used Heliograf to cover congressional and gubernatorial races on Election Day and D.C.-area high school football games, producing stories like this one and tweets like this:


Darel LaPrade Named Publisher of Delaware State News Editor & Publisher

Darel LaPrade, a longtime newspaperman and media executive with 38 years of experience in the business, has been named publisher of the Delaware State News.

Additionally, the Delaware State News has announced the appointment of Marty Valania as its new Director of Advertising.



Natural Disasters michaelwrites

I barely dare to look at the news
something might have happened I
mean apart from natural disasters
poverty hunger continuing wars
and the collapse of civilization
I really don't care about New York
restaurants real estate celebrities
the arts as entertainment loved by
millions relentlessly manipulated
going along with whatever it is

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Thursday, 14 September


365 Challenge: Day 186 Coffee This Is My Truth Now

Coffee: a drink made from the roasted and ground bean-like seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced


Since we leave on our North Carolina road trip very shortly, my focus the next few days is planning the final itinerary, closing up edits on the novel and packing. I also need to start shortening my posts since I only plan to post a picture, select the word that comes to mind and riff about it for a few hundred words. Oh, theres a good word for tomorrow: riff.  And ultimately, we all need a vacation sometimes, dont judge me!  But today is all about the coffee. I was overly tired this morning and stared at the coffee pot as it dripped, waiting for the luscious flavor to wake me up. I wondered how others feel about coffee

Many of my online friends are clearly tea drinkers, so I will perhaps focus on tea as the 365 Daily Challenge word in the future. As for coffee, my earliest memory of it was going out to the diner with my grandparents when I was about 8 or 9, asking for my own cup. I was not allowed to drink it at that age, often told it would stunt my growth. I vividly recall coming back from the doctor one day after he told me Id probably grow to about 511. I continued to beg for coffee (maybe thats where Ryder gets his begging from), which eventually led to a small compromise. My grandfather would pour the creamer from those tiny little cups into his coffee, then pour coffee into the creamer cup for...


Praise for a Romanized Briton The Lion of Chaeronea

Martial, Epigrams 11.53

Although Claudia Rufina sprang from the blue-painted Britons,
How her heart belongs to the Latin race!
What splendid beauty she has!  Italian matrons
Could think her Roman; Attic matrons, Athenian.
Thank the gods that she has borne many offspring
For her blameless husband, and that, though still a girl,
She already hopes for sons- and daughters-in-law.
Thus may it please the gods above, that she
Rejoice in one mate and in three children forever.

Claudia caeruleis cum sit Rufina Britannis
    edita, quam Latiae pectora gentis habet!
Quale decus formae! Romanam credere matres
    Italides possunt, Atthides esse suam.
Di bene quod sancto peperit fecunda marito,
    quod sperat generos quodque puella nurus.
Sic placeat superis, ut conjuge gaudeat uno
    et semper natis gaudeat illa tribus.


Mother and Three Children, Franois-Louis Lanfant (1814-1892)


Sex in the Garden The Paris Review

Over the centuries, there have been innumerable interpretations of the story of Adam and Eve. This week on the Daily, Stephen Greenblatt, the author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Everetells some of these legends in modern idiom, and invents a few of his own.

William Blake, Satan Watching the Endearments of Adam and Eve (detail), 1808.


The serpent, the subtlest of all the beasts of the field, had observed with interest the humans sexual intercourse in Paradise. He saw that Adam calmly willed his penis to stiffen and then gently inserted it into Eves vulva. The act caught his attention in part because he thought that Eve was extraordinarily beautiful and in part because he had already noted a certain resemblance between Adams penis and his own body, which he could also harden or soften at will. One day, he approached EveAdam was away surveying a different part of the gardenand proposed that he stiffen his body and enter her, as Adam did. Lacking any knowledge of good or evil, Eve gladly consented. The snake made himself hard and penetrated the woman, moving his head this way and that to see what might be of interest. But it was dark inside and, after a while, concluding that Eve was more beautiful without than within, he withdrew. Eve, however, had experienced something intensely pleasurable, and she determined that when Adam returned she would teach him how to imitate what the snake had done. (Williams 5758; Slavonic Enoch) 


The newly created humans were not only physically beautiful but also supremely wise. Fashioned in the image of God and appointed king over all the earth, Adams nature was entirely without passion. There was not a single moment in which he felt a hint of the irrational, the slightest trace of anger or of lust. Indeed had our first parents continued in the state of innocence and righteousness in which they had been created, they would certainly not have generated offspring through the sexual intercourse in which humans now engage. Our race instead would have been propagated in an altogether noncarnal way, a way suited to the supremely rational, unimpassioned creatures we once were. An...


Critical Thinking: By Blocking Individuals on Twitter, is President Trump Violating the First Amendment? Editor & Publisher

The Knight First Amendment Institute has called for President Trump to unblock people from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account, or face legal action. By excluding individuals on this public forum, is the president violating the First Amendment?


Shea Blake, 19, sophomore, Villanova University (Villanova, Pa.)

Blake is the opinion editor for the student-run newspaper, The Villanovan. She has written for the paper since 2016.

The primary argument made by The Knight First Amendment Institute against President Donald Trump revolves around the idea that his @realDonaldTrump account qualifies as a public forum which should be accessible to all individuals.

The official White House Twitter account, established at the same time he assumed the presidency, seems to support this idea by claiming to update users of the latest from @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and his Administration. Former press secretary Sean Spicer even said that Trumps tweets are in fact considered official statements by the President of the United States.

However, the presidents @realDonaldTrump handle had been a personal Twitter account for nearly eight years prior to his inauguration. Although he may now be posting about politically relevant topics, it should still hold that this specific account concerns Trump as a person, not the President. There is an official White House account that can be u...


With Marlborough to Malplaquet (Strang) New Online Books

With Marlborough to Malplaquet: A Story of the Reign of Queen Anne (1908), by Herbert Strang and Richard Stead (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Round the World in Seven Days (Strang) New Online Books

Round the World in Seven Days (1910), by Herbert Strang, illust. by A. C. Michael (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Humphrey Bold (Strang) New Online Books

Humphrey Bold: A Story of the Time of Benbow (1909), by Herbert Strang (Gutenberg text)

In Clive's Command (Strang) New Online Books

In Clive's Command: A Story of the Fight for India, by Herbert Strang (Gutenberg text)

All the Way to Fairyland (Sharp) New Online Books

All the Way to Fairyland: Fairy Stories (London and New York: John Lane, 1898), by Evelyn Sharp, illust. by Mabel Dearmer (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Barclay of the Guides (Strang) New Online Books

Barclay of the Guides (London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, c1908), by Herbert Strang (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Carry On! A Story of the Fight for Bagdad (Strang) New Online Books

Carry On! A Story of the Fight for Bagdad (London et al.: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1917), by Herbert Strang, illust. by H. K. Elcock and H. Evison (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

The Youngest Girl in the School (Sharp) New Online Books

The Youngest Girl in the School (New York and London: Macmillan, 1906), by Evelyn Sharp, illust. by C. E. Brock (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

King of the Air (Strang) New Online Books

King of the Air: or, To Morocco on an Aeroplane (London et al.: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, c1907), by Herbert Strang, illust. by W. E. Webster (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

The Village of Youth, and Other Fairy Tales (Hatton) New Online Books

The Village of Youth, and Other Fairy Tales (London: Hutchinson and Co., 1895), by Bessie Hatton, illust. by W. H. Margetson (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

Palm Tree Island (Strang) New Online Books

Palm Tree Island (London: H Frowde, Hodder and Stoughton, 1910), by Herbert Strang, illust. by Archibald Webb and Alan Wright (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

The Girl Crusoes (Strang) New Online Books

The Girl Crusoes: A Story of the South Seas (written by the authors behind the "Herbert Strang" pseudonym; London: H. Frowde, Hodder and Stoughton, 1912), by Mrs. Herbert Strang, illust. by N. Tenison (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

With Drake on the Spanish Main (Strang) New Online Books

With Drake on the Spanish Main (London: H Frowde, Hodder and Stoughton, 1908), by Herbert Strang, illust. by Archibald Webb (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML)

The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde, and Other Stories (De Morgan) New Online Books

The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde, and Other Stories (London: Macmillan and Co., 1886), by Mary De Morgan, illust. by Walter Crane (stable link)

The Other Side of the Sun (Sharp) New Online Books

The Other Side of the Sun: Fairy Stories (London and New York: J. Lane, 1900), by Evelyn Sharp, illust. by Nellie Syrett (stable link)

Die Fnf Platonischen Krper, zur Geschichte der Mathematik und der Elementenlehre Platons und der Pythagoreer (Sachs) New Online Books

Die Fnf Platonischen Krper, zur Geschichte der Mathematik und der Elementenlehre Platons und der Pythagoreer (in German; Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1917), by Eva Sachs (multiple formats at

Letters From A Theatrical Scene-Painter (Erle) New Online Books

Letters From A Theatrical Scene-Painter: Being Sketches of The Minor Theatres of London as They Were Twenty Years Ago (London and Belfast: M. Ward and Co., 1880), by T. W. Erle (stable link)

Unknown Immortals in the Northern City of Success (Pim) New Online Books

Unknown Immortals in the Northern City of Success (Dublin: Talbot Press; London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1917), by Herbert Moore Pim (stable link)

The Windfairies and Other Tales (De Morgan) New Online Books

The Windfairies and Other Tales (London: Seeley and Co., 1900), by Mary De Morgan, illust. by Olive Cockerell (stable link)

The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde, and Other Stories (De Morgan) New Online Books

The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde, and Other Stories (London: Macmillan and Co., 1880), by Mary De Morgan, illust. by Walter Crane (stable link)

Louis Bertrand Castel, Anti-Newtonian Scientist (Schier) New Online Books

Louis Bertrand Castel, Anti-Newtonian Scientist (Cedar Rapids, IA: The Torch press, 1941), by Donald Stephen Schier (page images at HathiTrust)

De Theaeteto Atheniensi Mathematico (Sachs) New Online Books

De Theaeteto Atheniensi Mathematico (dissertation in Latin; Berlin: G. Schade, 1914), by Eva Sachs (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

Ao-Naga Dictionary (Clark) New Online Books

Ao-Naga Dictionary (Kolkata: Printed by government at the Baptist Mission Press, 1911), by Edward Winter Clark, contrib. by E. W. Clark, Idizungba, Zcvbong-Lvmba, and Kilep Alvm (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)


The All-Pervading, George Frederic Watts, ca. 1887 The Lion of Chaeronea

The All-Pervading, George Frederic Watts, ca. 1887


Kevin Corrado Named Publisher of The Sun Editor & Publisher

Kevin Corrado, the former publisher of the New Haven Register, has been named publisher of The Sun.

Corrado will oversee operations at The Sun, Fitchburgs Sentinel & Enterprise, and the clusters Nashoba Valley Voice weekly. His management duties will also extend to Digital First Media news properties in New York, including the Kingston Daily Freeman, Oneida Daily Dispatch, The Saratogian of Saratoga Springs and The Record of Troy.


New York Times Rebrands Wirecutter as Product Review Sales Grow Editor & Publisher

The New York Times is gaining traction with the Wirecutter, the product-review website it bought almost a year ago.

The Wirecutters sales, which come largely from recommending products, have increased 50 percent from a year earlier with the addition of new categories like baby and kid to the sites more traditional focus on tech gadgets.


NewsMavens has Now Partnered with Women Journalists in 12 Countries Editor & Publisher

A new initiative called NewsMavens will see women journalists from across Europe curate the top news stories produced by their newsrooms to a common platform.

So far, news organisations in 11 countries have agreed to participate (12 if you include Polands Gazeta Wyborcza, which spearheads the project), with the goal of bringing curators from all 28 EU member states on board within six months from launch.


A List of the Columns Michael Friedman Never Wrote The Paris Review

Michael Friedman

Courtesy of New York City Center.


Though Id known Michael for several years, our editorial dealings were infrequent, and always ad hoc. An early note I wrote myself reads, in its entirety, Ask Michael Friedman for his porn-lawyer contact. (Dated six years ago yesterday, it seems only partially explicable by the fact that Michael was then writing songs for Pretty Filthy, a musical about the porn industry.) It never seemed quite fair to ask him to confine himself to something so limiting as silent pixels in two dimensions, especially when he was having such obvious funand such evident successwith a piano and a stage. Still, in June of last year, not knowing much about his previous dealings with the magazine, I asked him, What would it take to get you to write/sing/dance for The Paris Review?

A few days later he sent me a list of column ideas, which I reprint here verbatim:

  1. Poets who are lyricists for music theater: Ogden Nash, Langston Hughes, TS Eliot, Shakespeare, Brecht, Richard Wilbur, Derek Walcott, Dubose Heyward. i.e. What is the difference (and also why lyrics arent poetryDylan)
  2. Meet Me in St. Louis: Movie, song, Worlds Fair, my familys shoe business that had child laborers in St. Louis (blind!) and tobacco and Kerry Mills who wrote the song. And Judy Garland in the movie sings under the bamboo tree which is by an amazing black composer who also wrote the Negro National Anthem and founded ASCAP and the NAACP. And Kerry Mills also wrote Red Wing, about an Indian Brave and it is directly taken from Sc...


King Croesus of Lydia about to be burned at the stake after his... The Lion of Chaeronea

King Croesus of Lydia about to be burned at the stake after his defeat by Cyrus of Persia.  Side A of an Attic red-figure amphora, signed by the painter Myson; ca. 500-490 BCE.  Found at Vulci; now in the Louvre.


AMG/Parade Names Cathy Cavender to Vice President/Managing Editorial Director of Athlon Special Interest Media Editor & Publisher

AMG/Parade Executive Vice President Tracey Altman is pleased today to announce and welcome Cathy Cavender as Vice President/Managing Editorial Director of Athlon Special Interest Media.

Cathy, who joins AMG/Parade with decades of experience in the publishing industry, will oversee a total of 60+ issues within the Decorating, Gardening and Womens Lifestyle Group, and special interest magazines. She will also collaborate across AMG/Parades Consumer Marketing, Editorial, Circulation, Finance and Production/Manufacturing departments.  All Athlon Special Interest Media editors will report to Cathy, who will be based in New York City.

Cathy Cavender

Cathy is an extraordinary editor with a formidable track record of success in both launching and reinventing magazines throughout her career, said Tracey Altman.  She has a deep understanding of our audience and her unmatched leadership, personality and drive will play a significant role in helping to elevate the Athlon Special Interest titles in the marketplace.

Cathy graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She and her husband reside in Norwalk, CT.


The Washington Post Introduces NFL Player Cards Editor & Publisher

The Washington Post introduces NFL Player Cards, a new feature that gives readers the option to see more information about a particular player without having to leave the story theyre reading. Powered by in-house technology, the cards are automatically created and added to stories that mention NFL players. Readers can simply click a players highlighted name to pop open the card and quickly access the players stats, schedule, and more. See an example.


Fidget Spinner Lip Gloss, $2 Dongles: How BuzzFeed and The New York Times are Making Money from Selling Stuff Editor & Publisher

BuzzFeed is partnering with a massive brick and mortar retailer to sellsomething, starting next month, Ben Kaufman, head of BuzzFeeds product labs, told Recodes Peter Kafka Wednesday at Recodes Code Commerce conference in New York.

Kaufman wouldnt identify whether the retailer is Target or Walmart (BuzzFeeds target demographic seems like a better fit with the former) but said that BuzzFeed creative staffers partnered with merchants from this particular retailerto understand what the white space was in the store, and where there were areas of the store that hadnt seen newness and innovation like other categoriesliterally locked them in a room for seven days and they created a brand-new product together.


These Are the Key Apple Updates for Publishers Editor & Publisher

Today was Apple keynote day, with the lead item being the debut of the new iPhones, the iterative 8 and the future-facing iPhone X. The event, held for the first time in the new Steve Jobs Theater, played up its connection to Apples past, but as always, its the changes in the present that will help determine the futures for publishers. Heres my quick read on what a few of todays announcements could mean for those of us in the news business.


Karl Wirsums Casting Call The Paris Review

Karl Wirsum, Mr. Dry Iced T, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 38 1/2 x 56 1/2.


In the margin of the drawing Study for Looking at a Curve Ball in Cuernavaca are notes written by the artist, Karl Wirsum:

Batter up
9 at Bats
Last Bats
Lost Summer
Robert Catcher
Sword Fight Thrust Position

He seems to be trying out titles, and given Wirsums other titling efforts (for instance, the superlative Study for Drop a Lozenge Ferret Attitude on the Way to the Letter Drop), I wonder if he wasnt considering something along the lines of Umbrella Umpiro Manic Sword Fight Thrust Position. Wirsums titles dont give many hints, if any, about whats going on in the paintings, but in their agglomerations of words and punning (Shower Girl Taking a Curtain Call), they, like the works they represent, suggest the potential for ample and adventurous meaning. 

A dozen of Wirsums paintings and drawings are on view at Derek Eller Gallery, in New York, in the show Mr. Whatzit: Selections from the 1980s. Each work is a portrait of a single character, and the backgrounds, in the case of the paintings, are monochromatic: flat fields of red, teal, ochre. Whether alien, mechanical, or human, each character appears as a kind of totem of their own world, like the corner boxes on the covers of classic comics (those small rectangles in the upper left corner that show Superman or Spider-Man or Hulk on a solid field of color). Mr. Dry Iced T is part hulking Jack Kirby creation (too many fingers, too many knuckle joints), part mystic oddity rising out of a blue ether, his hands like two hamsas. The Mesoamerican Shower Girl performs under a showerhead-cum-stage-light in the semiprivacy of her shower-curtained stage. The half-human, halfjet pack figure in If Its Tuesday It Must Be Nairobi Except in Nebraska shoots diagonally across a Joan Mirinflected cosmos.

In the seventies, the abstraction in Wirsums figures acted as a kind of armor...


Snark Aside, Mic Sees Signs of Progress in its Pivot to Video Editor & Publisher

Millennial media outlet Mic grabbed headlines a month ago when it laid off 25 to shift to video. Coming after similar moves at MTV, Vocativ and Fox Sports, the pivot to video has elicited a fair bit of hand-wringing and media snark as something of a hail Mary.

Yet there are signs that Mics push into video, begun long before the layoffs, is starting to pay off. Mic still lags giants BuzzFeed and Business Insider, which had 59 billion and 25 billion views, respectively, on Facebook this past year.


Assessing a Clinton Argument That the Media Helped to Elect Trump Editor & Publisher

A presidential election settled by 0.057 percent of the national vote in three states as the 2016 election was will necessarily lend itself to quite a bit of finger-pointing. Swinging 77,744 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin means changing the minds of 38,872 people, 0.01 percent of the American population. If Hillary Clintons campaign had changed those 40,000-odd minds, shed be president today. But she didnt.


How Algorithms and Human Journalists Will Need to Work Together Editor & Publisher

Ever since the Associated Press automated the production and publication of quarterly earnings reports in 2014, algorithms that automatically generate news stories from structured, machine-readable data have been shaking up the news industry. The promises of this technology often referred to as automated (or robot) journalism are enticing: Once developed, such algorithms could create an unlimited number of news stories on a specific topic at little cost. And they could do it faster, cheaper, with fewer errors and in more languages than any human journalist ever could.


FBI Crackdown on Russian Media Makes American Press Advocates Nervous Editor & Publisher

Theres little doubt that Kremlin-bankrolled media outlets RT America and Sputnik played an insidious role in last years presidential campaign, as detailed in the U.S. Intelligence Community report on Russian meddling in the election.


Dana, Rembrandt, between 1636 and 1643 The Lion of Chaeronea

Dana, Rembrandt, between 1636 and 1643


How the Unflappable Fred Astaire Survived the Fifties The Paris Review

Still from The Band Wagon (1953).

The first half of the fifties were a pivotal moment for Hollywood musicals. The genteel tux-and-tie choreography of the thirties had given way to Gene Kellys scrappier, more athletic brand of drawn-out (and often pretentious) modern ballets. Kellys vision, in the form of musicals like Singin in the Rain, An American in Paris, and On the Town, was bubbly, bright, and middle-class. And it left Fred Astaire, the movie musicals first bona fide superstar, out in the cold.

Astaire had tried to adapt himself to the new style with varying success (see Ziegfeld Follies and Yolanda and the Thief.) But Astaires fate in the early fifties was something one suspects hed never accounted for: his age was beginning to show. Of course, this was a time when elderly men still courted young women on-screen with stunning regularity, and had Astaire been a normal romantic lead, this might not have been a problem. But he was a dancer.

Astaires 1953 film, The Band Wagon, came in the midst of this stylistic change. Released on the heels of the wildly successful Singin in the Rain and involving much of the same creative team (script by Comden and Green, produced by Arthur Freed of the famous MGM Freed Unit), The Band Wagon was a candy-colored musical in the same vein, but with a much lonelier premise.

The films hero, Tony Hunter, is a self-described washed up song-and-dance man, very much like Fred Astaire himself at the time. And he is played by Astaire, who was perhaps able to channel the uncanny sensation of witnessing the genre he helped create, the musical, go through a sea change that risked abandoning him in the process.

The Band Wagon, then, had to work on a very naked premise: it had to fictionalize elements of Astaires plight while still fitting within the parameters of a standard Hollywood m...


Where Will VR Fit Into Local Advertising? Editor & Publisher

Early television ads often showed a solitary individual reading a script for Ovaltine or Lucky Strike (or insert 1940s quintessence). The reason: thats the way it was done in radio. It took a while for TV ads to grow into their own skin. This is the dreaded habit creep that saddles emerging mediums.

Wednesday, 13 September


365 Challenge: Day 185 Burp This Is My Truth Now

Burp: to expel gas through the mouth from the stomach, to belch



There are days I wake up simply knowing the word for the 365 Daily Challenge. There are others when I spend at least fifteen minutes surfing the web or wandering around my apartment, searching for something apropos. Then there are moments where for some unknown reason, the word just makes itself known and I can do nothing but accept it, even when its an awful word I wish I didnt have to discuss. Today is one of those days. Nothing roamed about the brain when I awoke. Nothing appeared while I made the bed. Then a certain little doggie followed me from the bedroom to the kitchen, when he made the loudest burp Ive ever heard him ever make before. And it got me to thinking where did the word burp come from?

Spent a few minutes researching it, but the only source I could find is that its a classic case of echoic foundation or onomatopoeia, words that resemble the sound the action makes. I thought about it for a minute, trying to decide if thats what it really sounds like. I hear a bit more of a blegh than a burp, but then again, I rarely ever burp. Or belch, but I dislike that word about as much as other people dislike the word moist. I have no issues with the word moist as I have positive connotations with it, like a moist cake. Let me stop there before I go off on a tangent. It...


The Tree of Knowledge, Good, and Evil The Paris Review

Over the centuries, there have been innumerable interpretations of the story of Adam and Eve. This week on the Daily, Stephen Greenblatt, the author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Everetells some of these legends in modern idiom, and invents a few of his own.

William Blake, Raphael Warns Adam and Eve (detail), 1808.


The newly created humans were not only physically beautiful but also supremely wise. They understood, without being told explicitly, that the tree whose fruit God had forbidden them to eat was in itself neither particularly beneficial nor particularly harmful. There are no magical trees, except in fairy tales, and God did not place poisonous fruits in the Garden that He himself had planted. No, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, from which Adam and Eve were commanded to abstain, was indistinguishable from the other trees in Paradise in all respects save one. That one respect was the prohibition itself, as a sign of human obedience. If God had chosen some other object in the Garden on which to establish this sign, then the fruit would have been perfectly fine to eat. Why then was it called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Not to refer to any inherent quality in the fruit but only to refer to the result of transgression: the knowledge of the good that would have followed from obedience and the knowledge of the evil that resulted from the failure to obey. (Augustine)


There were many trees in the garden, each lovely to look at and good for food, but two trees at its midst were particularly notable: the tree of life and the tree of knowledge, good, and evil. God told the human that he could eat the fruit of every tree in the garden, but He commanded him not to eat of the tree of knowledge, good, and evil: For on the day you eat from it, you are doomed to die.  The human listened and grasped that something very important was being told to him, but it was only after the divine words had faded away that he realized he had no idea what the words doomed to die meant. He told himself to ask God for a proper explanation the next time he saw Him. 



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