Mark Waid, one of the leading proponents of digital comic books, made a surprising announcement on his blog earlier this month: He recently bought a comic book store and invested in a second one. In addition to being an award-winning comic book writer, Waid is a co-founder of Thrillbent, a platform for digital comic books, and an advocate of comics produced for online viewing.
Whatever you think of it, the Internet has really done a lot with the fourth wall.
I know my recent posts have focused on how the Internet has opened up conversations about media and writing, but there is a flip side to the issue: can the Internet offer too much accessibility? I think, sometimes, yes.
One of the most interesting things about growing up with the Internet has been tracking how the Internet grows up in its own way, and seeing the influence of that growth on its language. As a frequent user (read: Internet addict) since adolescence, the revolving door of frequently used acronyms has been pretty consistent in the places I frequent online (although it all depends on which communities you visit and who you talk to). Given how big a role the internet plays in our lives – whether through work, at home, or for other reasons – the change in language reflects more than just style; it also indicates on a smaller level how language changes to suit user demand.
A Vintage Contemporaries Original, June 2011 www.vintagebooks.com Jesse Ball $15.00; 198 pp.; ISBN 978-0-307-73985-8 I’D JUST CONSUMED Murakami’s 1Q84 – originally a three-volume publication in its native Japanese – as though it were one. What was presumably a then-necessary penchant for recapping became, to me, in English translation, a sleepy, no-poetry miasma of redundancy. Was […]
There’s something glamorous about writing. Or, at least, the image of what a writer should be. Sitting somewhere with a notebook or laptop, chipping away at a magnum opus or the Next Great American Novel. The status of writing in the cultural imagination is all about the glamour. And the impending sense of failure. Like all other artistic fields, writing has been defined by the rarity of its success stories, and the exclusiveness that becomes associated with that success. Getting published isn’t supposed to be easy, but the result of years of hard work, starving and suffering for the higher ideal of art.
phati’tude Literary Magazine’s SUMMER 1960s SPECIAL takes a look at the 1960s through the lens of today’s art, culture and politics. We want writers to share their stories from the 1960s or how they equate to contemporary experiences.
Check out photos from the 1st Annual African American Literary Festival at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona, New York!
Mark your calendar! February 26, 2011, 10:00am-4:00pm. Free and open to the public.
The 1ST ANNUAL PHATI’TUDE AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL kicks off with three workshops, 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM: The Key to Good Writing by Louis Reyes Rivera; Community Publishing by Ron Kavanaugh; and Writing for Young Readers is “Something Beautiful” by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. Reserve your seat today and register at Eventbrite, http://phatitudeliteraryfestival.eventbrite.com.