Bookmark Now: Writing in the Age of Information Overload
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Bookmark Now: Writing in the Age of Information Overload

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by Kevin Smokler
     
 

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Are the written word and theEnglish language really under attack? Are smart young people who came of age in the era of MTV, video games, and the Internet now abandoning books?

In Bookmark Now, Kevin Smokler shows there is now reason to dispair. He offers an anthology of essays by some of today's smartest young writers. All are passionate about writing and

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Are the written word and theEnglish language really under attack? Are smart young people who came of age in the era of MTV, video games, and the Internet now abandoning books?

In Bookmark Now, Kevin Smokler shows there is now reason to dispair. He offers an anthology of essays by some of today's smartest young writers. All are passionate about writing and reading. And all have chosen "the writing life" over possibly more lucrative careers in media and technology.

Why turn to writing in a world of media overload? Join this talented group as they discuss:

  • the joys and perils of an MFA program
  • how a young soldier stationed in Somalia discovered reading—and writing
  • "Down Talk," one of the more pretentious—and obnoxious—aspects of public radio
  • what happens why you become addicted to googling yourself
  • that odd phenomenon know as "fan fiction"

By turns profound, provocative, surprising, moving, and hilarious, the essays in Bookmark Now create that special joy that comes only from reading good writing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567318128
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
12/25/2006
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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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