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Archives: September 2012

Samuel L. Jackson Reads ‘Wake the F*** Up’ to Support Barack Obama

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has recorded Wake the F*** Up, a campaign video for the Jewish Council for Education and Research that parodies his enormously popular audiobook reading of Adam Mansbach‘s Go the F*** to Sleep.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? While the video supports Barack Obama, his campaign did not endorse the video ad.

Yahoo has more about the video: “Adam Mansbach, who wrote the book, also penned the script for the video (set to dramatic, kid-action-filmesque music), which follows a young girl as she goes from room to room of her house, attempting to reenergize her jaded family into taking part in the Obama campaign this time around like they did four years ago. Though Jackson wasn’t signed on to star in the spot when Mansbach wrote the dialogue, he did revise it for the movie star, a task he calls ‘great fun.’” (Via WWLA & Slate)

The Paris Review App Launches Next Week

Literary magazine The Paris Review is launching an app next week. The app, which will be available for iOS devices, is designed to recreate the print experience digitally, but not get caught up in extras.

Lorin Stein, editor-in-chief of The Paris Review, explained the strategy to AppNewser: “We don’t want to make a new magazine. We just want to make the magazine more widely available and have an easy way of showcasing old stuff.”

The app will include new issues, back issues, and anthologies. The magazine will be launching an anthology of fiction prize winners and a collection of its advice columns as an anthology. A subscription will go for $30 a year, but you can also purchase content a la carte. There will also be lots of free content. One of the benefits of launching the app is that it makes it easier for readers in Europe to have access to the magazine, where distribution has proven difficult over the years.

Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the Red Hook Summer director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Market Your Publishing Experience to Writer’s Digest

Whether you’re a seasoned writer, an industry insider or someone looking to make their mark in the writing world, you can turn your experience into a byline for this mag. Writer’s Digest editor Jessica Strawser says her readers are looking for “specific ideas and tips that will help them succeed.”

However, make sure you hold authority in your proposed idea first. Strawser explained, “If you’re proposing an article on how to write a novel, we will expect you to have authored and published one.” Perspectives from writers who have “been there” are best.

Get more details in How To Pitch: Writer’s Digest. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Share Your Favorite Banned Book on YouTube

What’s your favorite banned or challenged book? Read it on video to celebrate the the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week next week (September 30 through October 6).

The American Library Association is hosting a virtual reading of banned books on its Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel, and anyone can submit a video of themselves reading a challenged book. So far, they have collected 59 videos. Here’s more about the program:  

Videos (no more than two minutes long) can be submitted by anyone as long as it includes a reading of a banned or challenged book. The video must include information on where and why the book was banned or challenged. You may also wish to add your thoughts on the importance of keeping that particular book on library or bookstore shelves. Videos of up to three minutes long can be submitted giving eyewitness accounts of local challenges. For those who are camera shy, you can still participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out by creating a video montage that centers on banned/challenged books. Thomas University created a video last year that can be used as an example.

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National Book Foundation Reveals 5 Under 35 Honorees

Jennifer duBois, author of A Partial History of Lost Causes; Stuart Nadley, author of The Book of Life; Haley Tanner, author of Vaclav & Lena; Justin Torres, author of We the Animals; and Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn, will be honored as this year’s 5 under 35 authors at the National Book Awards.

The National Book Foundation will celebrate these authors at a party at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn on Monday November 12th,  the night before the National Book Awards ceremony. Musician and author Alina Simone will interview these honorees at the event. The interviews will be posted as videos on the Foundation’s website.

Crime novelist Elmore Leonard will receive the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards. GalleyCat will be in the house to cover the event.

Stan Lee Hosts Photo Caption-Writing Contest

Comics legend Stan Lee is hosting a caption-writing contest on Facebook.

Write a snappy caption for this artistic rendition of Stan Lee as a ”Mission Commander” (pictured) and post it as a comment at this link. Lee will personally pick the winning submission. No official reward has been revealed, but a “special prize or two” could possibly be given out.

This contest promotes a new project developed by mobile entertainment publisher Moonshark and Stan Lee called “Verticus.” This superhero action-adventure game is available on iOS-supported devices (i.e. iPads). Follow this link to learn about the full details of this contest.

Write Your Memoir with a Published Author

memoirwritingEveryone may have a story to tell, but not everyone can write a compelling memoir. This class will show you how to turn your life experiences into literature that connects with readers and interests publishers.

In a provocative, supportive environment, you’ll workshop your memoir-in-progress and receive valuable feedback. With the aid of weekly assignments, lectures, reading, and critique, you’ll produce up to 30 pages of polished text and an outline that will serve as the basis for a potential contract. Learn how to develop a distinctive voice and make deeply personal material accessible — and even irresistible — to outsiders.

Seats are limited. Register now! Read more

User Experience Design Guide on Kickstarter

Software design consultancy Jackson Fish Market hopes to raise $9,999 on Kickstarter for a book called Making Things Special. This title contains essays and illustrations on developing exceptional user-friendly experiences. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “The book is divided into three sections. The first covers the history and context of creating user experiences today. The second covers the role of the user experience designer. The third gets down to brass tacks in terms of techniques and specifics on creating the user experiences themselves.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

iOS 6 iPhone User Guide Now Available As eBook

Apple has released a free user guide eBook for iOS 6 in the iBookstore. iPhone User Guide For iOS 6 is a comprehensive guide to the new operating system and has tips on how to use the new iPhone.

Check it out: “Here’s everything you need to know about iPhone, in a handy eBook format. Get to know iPhone and discover all the amazing things it can do, and how to do them. It’s the definitive guide for getting the most from your new iPhone, straight from Apple. The iPhone User Guide is an essential part of any iPhone library.”

It’s got a handy description of how to organize your bookshelf in iBooks, like how to organize your eBooks and PDFs into collections. (Via TUAW).

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