“Frequently asked questions” | Nick Denton (via Medium)

Wow. I've been obsessed with and concerned about the Fourth and Fifth Estates for a while. Some serious intrigue in this FAQ by Nick Denton, posted to Medium on March 22nd. An excerpt and link follows. The sale of Gizmodo and other properties is concluded, the litigation around Gawker.com settled, and my next project underway. [...]

The Road to Alexander – 3rd Excerpt | Jennifer Macaire

~ The Road to Alexander ~ Excerpt Three: Travel by Jennifer Macaire Alexander loved when I sang. He adored rock and roll songs, soft ballads, and opera arias. The music they played in Alexander's time was heavy on percussion, strings, woodwinds and brass. Choruses were popular, and the music would give me shivers. It could [...]

Author Q&A with Jennifer Macaire – Part 3

Jennifer Macaire is an expat wife, mother and novelist living in France. The following is Part Three of a trilogy of weekly Q&As that lead up to today's re-release of her novel The Road to Alexander, Book One of the epic Time for Alexander series of novels. A separate post with an excerpt of the novel follows [...]

The Road to Alexander – 2nd Excerpt | Jennifer Macaire

~ The Road to Alexander ~ Excerpt Two: Love by Jennifer Macaire "Ashley." Alexander took my hand and held it gingerly. "Everyone learns about nymphs and dryads from their parents in our world. Everyone knows about the naiads, sprites, sylphs, oreads, undines, fauns, and fates. Do you know who Lachesis is?" I shook my head. "Clotho? [...]

Author Q&A with Jennifer Macaire – Part 2

Jennifer Macaire is an expat wife, mother and novelist living in France. The following is Part Two of a trilogy of weekly Q&As leading up to the March 9th re-release of her novel The Road to Alexander, Book One of the epic Time for Alexander series of novels. A separate post with an excerpt of the novel [...]

The Month in Mixtapes: February 2017 | Bandcamp Daily

From lo-fi beat workouts to an economical eight-track survey of trap aesthetics, this is the month in mixtapes. via The Month in Mixtapes: February 2017 — Bandcamp Daily

What Happens When We Judge a Book by Its Cover? | Kristen Twardowski

Kristen Twardowski

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People usually respond in one of two ways to the phenomenon of judging a book by its cover; they mourn man’s shallowness, or they consider a book’s marketing potential. But how much does the look of a book matter? How do people feel about book covers? And how do those feelings relate to the scores that books receive on review sites like Goodreads? Several digital technology people went on a mission to find out.

A year and a half ago Dean Casalena and Nate Gagnon launched Judgey, an online game that let people rank book covers. The covers used were all modern editions of books, and all (or nearly all) of them were released by a major publishing house. The covers chosen did not belong to a single genre. Books by Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee appeared alongside Twilight and The Hunger Games. Ultimately players of Judgey evaluated over 3 million…

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