Notes and ephemera

Congratulations to Storylandia author Paullette Gaudet for her essay, Academic Barbie being choosen the featured essay at Intellectual Refuge on May 18, 2012.

Congratulations to Storylandia author V. Ulea for being Poet Laureate of the Akhmadulina International Prize.

“More than 100 protesters rallied outside’s annual meeting Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum, where the company told shareholders it planned to improve warehouse conditions and drop its membership in a conservative public-policy organization. Amazon, addressing some of the criticism, told shareholders that it planned to improve warehouse conditions and drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).”
Amazon addresses criticism at meeting

“Academic publishing, as Michael Eisen remarked to me recently, does not require $1.1 billion in investments – that being Elsevier’s profit from its 2011 fiscal year, never mind its total revenue. Universities are on a mission now to “detox” scholarly publishing of the monies that make the commercial academic marketplace viable: the system where publicly funded research is written and edited by faculty, and then re-sold by publishers back to publicly funded libraries for billions of dollars.”
Storm Clouds in Academic Publishing

“Egan’s new story, ‘Black Box,’ will be serialized on Twitter over 10 nights. Each night, it will be tweeted from @NYerfiction over the course of an hour. Each evening’s Twitter postings constitute one installment, and that installment will appear on the New Yorker’s revamped book blog, Page-Turner, after the installment has finished. Read it there or complete, in the magazine, when it hits newsstands May 28 — look for the science fiction issue, dated June 4 and June 11.”
The New Yorker tries Twitter fiction with Jennifer Egan

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