Writing the Long Way Around

Currently Reading…

…In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, and listening to The Stand by Stephen King. Everytime I hear someone sniff, sneeze or cough I freak out.




(n) buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves, or floors or nightstands

It’s a real problem people! Thankfully you can’t see the other 40 or so on my Kindle.

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The Log of Consciousness

Taking nearly all the magic out of writing, researchers in New York have developed an algorithm to determine if you have written a best seller. Or not, as is more often the case.

This procedure for ‘calculating’ a bestseller looks at the correlation between writing style and commercial success. Not surprisingly the research began at Project Gutenberg with the success of the novel determined by the number of downloads. Less successful novels relied on Amazon’s sales ranking, and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown was included because of the sheer weight of negative critical evaluation in spite of its enormous commercial success. Continue reading “The Log of Consciousness”

Currently Reading…

…Suicide by Edouard Leve, The Paris Review, and listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman



Currently Reading…

… The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Dear Life by Alice Munro, My Year in Meats by Ruth Ozeki and Telling True Stories: A NonFiction Guide by Nieman Foundation at Harvard University


luminaries   year in meatdear life

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