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The Quick 10: 10 Literary Smack-Downs, Quips, and Squabbles

There’s an adage they give you when you receive your name badge at the door of Writer Land: “You only compete with yourself.” While most authors hold true to this (at least in public), there are those who make time to spend bashing their fellow wordslingers. Here are ten cringe-worthy examples. 1. Mark Twain vs. Ambrose [...]

Shakespeare Finds Inspiration

William Shakespeare has writer’s block! In this story, his little stick figure friends, Romeo and Juliet, try to help out, but inspiration only comes when they give up. Shakesperean Tragedy (a comedy) was the final student project by Anna Cohen at Emuna College in Jerusalem. Link

Austin Kleon’s Tea Stain Drawings

Austin Kleon, who calls himself “a writer who draws”, leaves wet tea bags on sheets of paper and draws cartoons using the shapes that they make. He explained his creation process in an interview by saying: “Not-knowing what image will show up is part of the game,” said Kleon. “You get to let your subconscious take [...]

Writer in the Window

In 1984, author Georgelle Hirliman got a bad case of writer’s block and decided that she needed to shake things up, so she set up shop with her typewriter in a storefront so passer-bys can come and interact. Georgelle died in 2010, but a new writer named Lauren DeRosa has stepped up to take her [...]

Art That Looks Like David Lynch’s Hair

The San Francisco based writer Jimmy Chen has put together a nice post over at the HTMLGIANT blog, where he has compared some of David Lynch’s different hairstyles with famous pieces of art, like Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and Brush Stroke by Roy Lichtenstein. Link – via kottke.org

The Quick 10: People With Fake Middle Initials

Maybe fake isn’t exactly correct – some of the people on this list really have initials for middle names, they just don’t mean anything. But others have made them up entirely. Read on to see what I mean. 1. Harry S. Truman. His parents were trying to please both grandpas – Anderson Shippe Truman and [...]

Say What? When Athletes Are Misquoted

Note: Tomorrow night at 7pm, Bud Shaw will be speaking and answering questions at the mental_floss store in Chesterland, Ohio. Stop by and say hello! Last summer, United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin and Golf Channel contributor Jim Gray engaged in a heated exchange after Pavin accused Gray of misquoting him. Gray quoted Pavin saying he [...]

Vintage Ads from Fictional Futures

Two years ago, writer Mark Rayner held a contest in which he invited people to create vintage ads from the 1940s-1960s. Except that these ads would be from future environments depicted in science fiction. Rayner has now held a new contest with the same theme. You can view the winners at the link. Link via Nerdcore

RIP Stephen J. Cannell

(YouTube link) TV writer and producer Stephen J. Cannell has died as a result of melanoma. He was 69. Cannell created (or co-created) dozens of TV series in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, The Commish, Hardcastle And McCormick, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and Baretta. He [...]

What Is This Thing in the Sky?

The Geekologie writer suggests that this mysterious object in the sky of a Google Street View image is the hole from which the “Four Unicornmen of the Apocalypse” will emerge. It’s from outside of Porto, a city in northern Portugal. What do you think that it is? Link via Geekologie