Benjamin Samuel at electric literature asked 19 writers’ resolutions for the new year . Naturally, many writers resolved to have new relationships with books. Some would write books by hand. Others would read more books, or more books in translation. Others resolved not to buy new books until reading the ones they already have.
Speaking of resolutions, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has resolved this week to start a new book club . The goal, as he says, “is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. […] first book of the year will be The End of Power by Moisés Naím.” Is this an exciting new chapter for the literary Internet or is Zuckerberg just using his face to sell books? Eric Johnson, blogging at re/code asks, “ will Naím’s book get a ‘Zuckerberg bump’ and rise in the various sales charts?”
Poetry and the telephone have had an interesting long-distance relationship. In 1969, thanks to dial-a-poem, you could call a telephone number and hear a recorded poem on the other end of the line. Now, poets can return the call, with Voicemail Poems . The “about” page says, “it’s simple. anyone can call 1-910-703-POEM from anywhere and be heard (the country code is +1 for international calls - email us if you have a problem). we post one new audio poem each day mon-thurs.” There’s been a break in the posts, but they’re scheduled to start back up again today.
That does it for this first installment of the roundup. I look forward to any comments about these highlights, the literary Internet in general or, as an icebreaker, what’s your favorite literary website and what do you like about it?
[[foreword.md | Foreword]]
[[culture-or-content.md | Culture or Content]]
[[free-expression.md | Free Expression]]
[[proto-hipsterism.md | Proto-Hipsterism]]
[[a-day-s-work.md | A Day’s Work]]