The Electric Typewriter

Sep 15

10 Great Reads about Consumerism -

image

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed by David Cain - Why the modern world is so great at making us spend

The Gollum Effect by Venkat Rao - Is Gollum the perfect consumer?

Ad nauseam by Adam Corner - How advertisers are anti-consumerism to make us consume more

Consumer Vertigo by Virginia Postrel - Is there such a thing as too much choice?

Inconspicuous Consumption by Virgina Postrel - How race and social class affect the way we spend

Sweatpants in Paradise by Molly Young - On the rise of the ‘immersive’ shopping

Nothing Grows Forever by Clive Thompson - How can the world sustian 7 billion people? We need to stop buying so much stuff

How Target Knows Your Secrets by Charles Duhigg - Can your shopping habits tell a company that you’r pregnant before you know it yourself??

Selling Out by David McRaney - How status drives consumerism and the capitalist economy

Proceed to Checkout by Dan Ariely - How online companies get you to share more and spend more

Sep 11

5 Great Reads about Our Relationship with Music -

image

Nostalgia on Repeat by Chuck Klosterman - On the amazing ability of music to transport us into the past

One More Time by Elizabeth Margulis - The fascinating psychology of music and how repeated sounds create music in our minds

How Headphones Changed the World by Derek Thompson - A short philosophical history of personal music

The Soundtrack of Your Life by David Owen - Inside Muzak, a company with deep knowledge of how music affects us

Seduced by ‘Perfect’ Pitch by Lessley Anderson - How Auto-Tune took over the world of pop

Sep 10

5 Great Reads about the Senses -

image


Mixed Feelings by Sunny Bains - How researchers and technology can hack our senses to create completely new ways of experiencing the world

The Blind Man Who Learned To See by Michael Finkel - The fascinating story of a man who is helping blind people to see using echolocation

Master of illusion by Ed Yong - How a neuroscientist from Stockholm can use mannequins, rubber arms and virtual reality to transport you outside your own body

Sense and Sensitivity by Andrea Bartz - Is it possible that some people’s senses are more acute than others, and that are our attitudes towards sensitivity are misguided?

The Possibilian by Burkhard Bilger - How the subtlest shift in perception can create whole a new way of seeing the world

Sep 09

How to be Happy - 7 Great Reads -

image

What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Is there a formula for a happy life?

The Futile Pursuit of Happiness by Jon Gertner - Why we are so bad at predicting what will make us happy

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy by Emily Smith - Is trying too hard to be happy making us unhappy?

Happiness is a Glass Half Empty by Oliver Burkeman - How seeing clouds rather than silver lines could make you happier

The Truth About Money by Gregg Easterbrook - We have more of it than effer before, so why aren’t we any happier?

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed by David Cain - Does human misery keep the wheels of commerce turning?

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy by ? - Happiness = reality - expectations

Sep 08

What is love? - 5 Great Reads -

image

Love by Lauren Slater - The amazing psychology of love

True Love by Haruki Murakami - On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

This is Emo by Chuck Klosterman - Did Hollywood kill ture love?

Crazy Love by Steven Pinker - Does falling in love make us lose our minds?

Liking Is for Cowards by Jonathan Franzen - Is out love of likes destorying our ability to love?

Sep 07

13 Essential Essays for Writers -

image

Earlier this week we posted a list of our favourite essays for writers. Today the consistently excellent Amanda Oliver got in touch to tell us about her three favourites:

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

And in case you missed it, here is the original list:

On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

If anyone else out there has any suggestions, get in touch!

Sep 02

10 Great Articles for Adventurers -

image

Thanksgiving in Mongolia by Ariel Levy - Adventure and heartbreak in one of the world’s most far-flung places

Excuse Us While We Kiss The Sky by Matthew Power - By day they are just normal civilians, but at night they explore the great wilderness of the untamed urban environment

The Kingdom of the Lotus by Patrick Symmes - A breathtaking journy through the remotest parts of Central Asia in serch of mythical land of Shambala

What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Scott Anderson - Three American journalists go for a holiday in Bosnia and accidentally almost catch the world’s most-wanted war criminal

The Book by Patrick Symmes - On the trail of a mysterious guidebook that exists everywhere and nowhere, in hundreds of constantly evolving versions

Holy Water by Bucky McMahon - The magical secret of a secluded Caribbean bay that glows in the dark

Heart of Dark Chocolate by Rowan Jacobsen - Heading to the heart of the rainforest to find the aincient ancestor of the modern cocoa plant

Forbidden by Tim Cahill - “It had been said that no outsider would ever see the legendary salt mines of Mali and live to describe them…”

Death of an Innocent by Jon Krakauer - The classic adventure story that became Into the Wild

The Place to Disappear by Susan Orlean - A visit to the beating heart of the Asian backpacker trail.

Sep 01

10 Essential Essays for Writers -

image

On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

The Best Tumblrs for Writers to Follow -

As chosen by Amandae Oliver

I have been on Tumblr for nearly four years and steadily been finding great accounts related to writing. Thought I’d share some of my favorites for other writers or aspiring writers. 

GENERAL

The Electric Typewriter I am convinced that Dan, the curator of tetw, has found and neatly catalogued every good bit of writing on the internet. I could be wrong, but check for yourself.

Last Nights Reading Drawings by Kate Gavino with quotes from readings in New York City.

The Rumblr The Tumblr account for The Rumpus. Their posts, reblogs, gifs, and horoscopes by Madame Clairevoyant make me giddy ever time they come up on my dashboard.

Press 53 A publisher of short fiction and poetry collections based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Their Poetry Wednesdays, Flash Fiction Fridays, and 53-story contests inspire many a sentence and story.

Penguin Classics From the editors of Penguin Books and Penguin Classics, they share quotes, photos, and, my personal favorite, Friday Final Lines. Every Friday, they offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic.

The Paris Review Curated by their digital director Justin Alvarez, the quarterly literary magazine’s Tumblr is full of inspirational graphics and quotes that link to Paris Review articles, essays, and interviews well worth reading.

Button Poetry Even though they have only been around a little over a year, they consistently showcase new (and incredible) performance poets.

Yeah Write Everything creative writing related. Quotes, book lists, interesting articles and graphics

Electric Literatures Recommended Reading Recommended Reading is released on a four week curation cycle: beginning with a story chosen by Electric Literature, followed by an excerpt from an indie press, then an author recommendation, and finally a selection from a magazine’s archive. Each issue includes an editor’s note written by that week’s partner, introducing you to the work and their mission.

Black Balloon Publishing An independent press based out of New York City. They publish fiction, nonfiction, and memoir and “champion the weird, the unwieldy, and the unclassifiable.” They consistently publish great posts like Can You Identify the Handwriting of These 12 Famous Authors and Daddy Dearest: 10 Literary Fathers and Father Figures to be Glad Aren’t Your Own

Fwriction The online literary journal’s blog, “specializing in work that melts faces and rocks waffles.”

INSPIRATION

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Although the account hasn’t been updated in nearly 5 months, there are several years of archives with words and definitions John Koenig created for emotions that otherwise leave us speechless. 

Today’s Document A little history always gets the words flowing for me. The Tumblr for the U.S. National Archives posts one document daily. 

Hello You Creatives A collective of humans being creative. Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration.

Creative Mornings/Findings In a slump? Come here for photos, quotes, projects, and more from other creatives.

BOOK STORES

Strand Books Based in New York City

Powell’s Books Based in Portland, Oregon

Open Books Store Based in Chicago, Illinois

FREELANCE & PUBLISHING

Calls for Submissions for Writers and Poets 

Writing Opportunities

Freelancer Real Talk

RECOMMENDED READING:

Writers No One Reads

NPR Books

**I will continually be adding to the list

Aug 28

Five Great Articles about the Future of College -

The best writing from both sides of the college debate

The University Has No Clothes by Daniel B. Smith - A critical review of the spate of prominent attacks aimed at college education.

Learning by Degrees by Rebecca Mead - A strong argument against measuring the value of a degree in purely economic terms.

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower by Professor X - An anonymous instructor at a low-end college makes the case that university isn’t for everyone.

College for $99 a Month by Kevin Carey - How online education could be great for students - and catastrophic for universities.

Laptop U by Nathan Heller - Has the future of college moved online?