A Brief Pep Talk Amid Economic Panic

Giving our attention to the news media these days is bound to have anyone feeling a little quivery with fear. For writers — the majority of whom aren’t in a position of comfortable wealth in which to easily ride out the turbulence — these times can be especially worrisome.

So this goes out to you, writer-for-hire, who may be taking on extra projects or calling your agent a few extra times this month. And it goes out to you writer-for-pleasure, who may be cutting back …

Stealth Cubicle Classics

All hail the New Zealand Book Council for their brilliant (!) tool for the office denizen cum literature aficionado. They’ve created a flawless website that allows readers to delve into classics of fiction and poetry. Twain, Swift, and Kiwi natives such as Charlotte Grimshaw and Fiona Kidman are all avaialble cleverly disguised in a functioning Windows interface. Texts have been converted to …