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Posts Tagged ‘Miracle Jones’

Book Report Reading Series Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Did you love writing book reports in grade school?

The Book Report reading series will celebrate its second anniversary tonight at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. The free series brings entertaining guests to talk about a particular book. Guests include Chelsea Hodson, Micaela Blei, Maris Kreizman, Miracle Jones, Krystal Languell and Jennifer L. Knox. Check it out:

Once upon a time you were in third grade and you had to give book reports and it was awesome. The Book Report promises to deliver exactly what it promises: reports on books by the people who’ve read them. Join Leigh Stein and Sasha Fletcher and assorted literate guests for an evening that will remind you of 3rd grade in the best possible way.

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Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer

Fifty years before the book trailer even existed, the great Ernest Hemingway experimented by recording a rambling and possibly intoxicated introduction to Across the River and into the Trees.

Miracle Jones posted the video at the new literary videos section at Reddit, suggesting that “all writers should do this with their books.” What do you think? Open Culture has more about the recording:

The reading is called “In Harry’s Bar in Venice,” and it was recorded with a pocket recorder sometime in the late 1950s. You can access the recording (thanks to HarperAudio) in multiple formats here: .au format, .gsm format, .ra format. Or you can buy it as part of a larger collection called Ernest Hemingway Reads Ernest Hemingway.

Reddit Adds Site for Literary Videos

In his ongoing quest to get a “literature” category on YouTube, Miracle Jones has built a new site for literary videos on Reddit.

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Poetry videos, short story videos, live readings, spoken work performance, audiobook links, animated storytelling videos, documentaries about writers, book trailers, author interviews, and anything else you can think up that combines literature and other media. Basically, this is an underground YouTube “Literature” category, since YouTube does not have a category for literature. If you upload a literature video to YouTube, be sure to link to it here so that it can be collated, curated, and enjoyed by its proper audience.

To celebrate, we’ve embedded “The History of English in 10 Minutes,” an excellent literary video that must be shelved under Film & Animation because YouTube has no literature category.

Smashwords Founder on PayPal Censorship: ‘We View This Attempted Censorship as a Bad Precedent’

After receiving an ultimatum from PayPal last month, the self publishing platform Smashwords updated its policy, restricting books from including stories with bestiality, rape and incest.

PayPal cracked down on erotic content in the company’s vast catalog, threatening to cut off service if Smashwords did not eliminate content with “erotic fiction that contains bestiality, rape and incest.”

In a newsletter sent out to users today, Smashwords founder Mark Coker wrote: “Regardless on one’s opinions about these objectionable topics, we view this attempted censorship as a bad precedent.  Fiction is fantasy.  It’s not real.”  Read more