It’s difficult to focus on writing, particularly fiction, when the world feels like it’s on fire.
“To be sure, these times — by which I mean the Trump era to date, let’s go ahead and avoid cutesy winking allusions — are making it hard for lots of writers, not just the ones who write science fiction. It’s difficult to focus on writing, particularly fiction, when the world feels like it’s on fire and everyone you know is trying to decide between hiding in a hole or taking up recreational alcoholism to get by.”
Source: During Trump’s present, it’s hard to write the future, says science fiction writer John Scalzi – LA Times
“I asked Nebula award-winning science fiction author Jack McDevitt to answer three questions about reading and writing, and this is what he had to say…”
Source: Three Questions with Author Jack McDevitt
San Diego Comic-Con has become one of the most influential – and enduring – pop culture events of all time. Alan Light
How an unemployed comics fan and group of teenagers created one of the most influential pop-culture events ever.
Source: San Diego Comic-Con: The Untold History – Rolling Stone
Photo: National Park Service
Hiking, biking, and running through fields not your thing? Being a book nerd or preferring the indoors does not put one at odds with the wonders
Source: A Guide to National Park Libraries | National Park Foundation
Seattle Public Library. Photo: Philippe Ruault
Photo: Jonathan Blanc / Courtesy of NYPL
With the cyberage in full swing, this is how smart design is keeping demand for the printed word alive
Source: Future of Libraries in the Digital Age | Architectural Digest
Ernest Hemingway in 1937, the year he brought his film “The Spanish Earth” to Hollywood. (Helen Breaker)
When Ernest Hemingway produced a film about the Spanish Civil War, L.A. threw parties for him
Source: Ernest Hemingway’s long-lost Los Angeles visit, 80 years ago this week – LA Times
Every self-respecting sci-fi fan needs to see these iconic sci-fi cult classics.
Source: Best Sci-Fi Cult Classics of All Time | OMNI
“Turning the Pages is a software program developed by Armadillo Studios that enables libraries and museums to digitize books, manuscripts, and other documents in an engaging 3D format. Here, readers will find the British Library’s spectacular collection of items digitized with this software.”
Source: Scout Archives – British Library: Turning the Pages