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An anthology of original essays from our most intriguing young writers, Bookmark Now boldly addresses the significance of the production of literature in the twenty-first century. Or simply, ?How do we talk about writing and reading in an age where they both seem almost quaint??The book features authors in their twenties and thirties?those raised when TV, video games, and then the Internet supplanted books as dominant cultural mediums?and their intent is to examine: (1) how this generation came to writing as a ...

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Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times: A Collection of All Original Essays from Today's (and Tomorrow's) Young

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An anthology of original essays from our most intriguing young writers, Bookmark Now boldly addresses the significance of the production of literature in the twenty-first century. Or simply, “How do we talk about writing and reading in an age where they both seem almost quaint?”The book features authors in their twenties and thirties—those raised when TV, video games, and then the Internet supplanted books as dominant cultural mediums—and their intent is to examine: (1) how this generation came to writing as a calling, (2) what they see as literature’s relevance when media consumption and competition have reached unprecedented levels, and (3) how writing and reading fit in with the rest of our rapid, multitasking world. The result will offer a voyeuristic peek into the private, creative lives of today’s writers and shed light on what their work means at a time when the book business is changing, yet—almost paradoxically—a time when storytelling as a means of both self-realization and community building (be it via e-mail, weblogs, or “This American Life”) seems more relevant than ever before.Edited by Kevin Smokler, a Bay Area entrepreneur who has devoted himself to fostering literary culture and cultivating fresh talent, Bookmark Now is a collection that both captures the state of the art and provides inspiration to aspiring writers at all levels.

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The goal of this collection of essays from some of America's younger or emerging novelists is to disprove the dire warnings regarding the disappearance of a reading public. Smokler, a book critic and commentator, passionately sets the tone when he assails the sense of impending catastrophe that has gripped the literati since the 2004 publication of the NEA report Reading at Risk, which he accuses of double-talk. He brings together writers who, faced with other choices-careers in film, video production, the vast landscape of Internet possibilities-still opted to pursue writing as a career. This is a varied bunch, from Christian Bauman, who tells of discovering Hemingway as a soldier in Somalia untutored in literature, to Paul Flores, a Latino spoken-word artist who began writing in response to California's Proposition 187, which denied public education to immigrants. These writers have used all available avenues-MFA programs, stints as journalists, blogs, exposure to other countries and cultures-to find their subject matter and voices, whether lyrical, such as bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, or satirical, as in Robert Lanham's The Hipster Handbook. In addition to showcasing individual talents, the book illustrates a generational posture: these writers are relaxed and confident in their audience. Most write with ease and immediacy, as if the space between writer and reader has grown measurably closer. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465078448
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,131,869
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Smokler was the founder and publisher Central Booking, which grew to serve nearly 50,000 bibliophiles worldwide and was praised by media outlets such as Wired, USA Today, and Forbes, which referred to it as the "Paris Review of the 21st Century." As a book critic and commentator, Kevin’s writing has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and on NPR. He lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the future is now
Not fade away 3
Look the part 16
Border lines 29
The invisible narrator 37
From somewhere down South to South Beach : raw takes on the MFA 46
Welcome : grab a broom 63
A call for collaboration 68
As we mean to go on 76
Her dark silent cowboy no more 92
Your own personal satan 105
Marginalia and other crimes 115
Security 124
Distractions 137
If I had a stammer 151
Putting gay fiction back together 159
Voice of a generation 170
Ambassadors 178
The McEggers Tang clan 197
121 years of solitude 214
Lying to the optician : the reading experience rated 224
A computer ate my book 233
The slippery slope to Margaritaville 242
Andrew Krucoff and the amazing paper Weblog 249
Epilogue : my words consume me 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    A Ray, no Beam, no Klieg Light of Hope for Book Folks!

    Finally someone has come up with some solid evidence that, contrary to media predictions of the death of reading and writing in the age of instant computer blogs and ebooks, the art of writing and the art of reading are very much alive and well and prospering. Those of us addicted to the written page, whether writing or finding that intangible joy of turning the paper pages of books of fiction, of poetry, of adventure, of any manner of brain-nourishing information that can be opened, bookmarked, and closed like a comfortable friend, never far from our side, can breathe a sigh of relief.Kevin Smokler has gathered essays and comments by contemporary writers whose topics range from MFA writing programs, self-help writers' books, blogs, googling, ebooks, and the frustrations and joys of the advent of the computer and its role in the writer's and the reader's lives. The fears of 'getting published' are calmed by a discussion of all of the manner of publishing houses that assist first time writers as well as the heretofore unnoted plethora of books being ground out by the Big Name Houses.For a bit of encouragement, a dollop of humor, and some very fine writing from those practicing their art at present, the readers and writers (and reviewers!) are invited to the feast. Indulge thyself! Now if someone could just write as hopefully about the decline of classical music recordings¿. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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