James Bamford on Edward Snowden on today’s To The Point.
My conclusion was that Edward Snowden was a man interested in helping the US, not helping himself.
Eurodailies: day 3
Dear Mr Pietsch
I write to you as a reader, at the behest of Amazon. Also as a writer, a sometime tech journalist, a former antiquarian bookseller, and as a student of publishing and copyright history.
I beg you to refuse to negotiate with Amazon, now or ever. Don’t do it!
Amazon claims that its concerns are merely on behalf of readers: “books should be cheaper”!! No: they should not. Books are not widgets. They should be prepared for publication by professionals, and sold by professionals, who actually know and care about books.
We readers who are on the ball know very well that Amazon’s motives are 100% self-serving and their ambitions purely monopolistic and harmful to readers and authors.
Don’t let Amazon turn writers into sharecroppers, and drive editors and publishers out of business!! Readers—and authors, and booksellers—who understand and care about the publishing industry support you!
All best wishes and hang in there,
p.s. anyone reading this who agrees, please write your own letter, as requested by Amazon, to Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch: Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com
Copy them at: email@example.com
and @xor suggested a hashtag #lettertomichael
~i hate how much i love this song~
(I never loved it until I heard this solo piano version but now I love it)
Understood in gambling terms, Twitter is a large and popular casino. There are design features that reward you for small victories while distracting you from commensurate failures. There are no clocks in Twitter. Time is displayed differently within its walls, measured not in dates but in distance from the present. All other visible numbers are cumulative, but you are given the impression that the past does not exist. It most certainly does, permanently and yet stripped of protective context.
If you’re going to read just one wonderful Adventure Time write-up today (and you should), make it this one by Maria Bustillos. In it, she talks with the key creative gang of Pen, Adam, Pat, Kent, Rebecca, Nick, and Jack, making for a fairly definitive overview of the series. Read it here. Thanks, Maria!
The resolution of each eleven-minute episode is anything but tidily triumphant; each one is as likely to end on a question or a joke as on an answer. Yet one comes away satisfied, a little bit the way one might at a David Lynch movie. The narrative is endlessly malleable, and includes all the possibilities granted by the existence of wizards and magical creatures, time travel, and a huge, ever-evolving cast. It’s a canvas and a story big enough for dozens of artists to make their own way. Even the drawing style is inconsistent, handmade-feeling; longtime fans may learn to detect the hand or voice of a favorite storyboard artist or writer. The goal of the show seems to be exploration, not uniformity.
This guy Dave taught Edith Zimmerman and John Shankman about how whiskey is barreled and… I guess pumped??? IDK! He’s very, very attractive (and also good at his job). This has been an installation of #JamesonStories, which, believe it or not, is #sponsored.
Over the Garden Wall
Congratulations to Pat McHale, former/key Adventure Time writer and creative director, as Cartoon Network’s announcing his Over the Garden Wall miniseries will premiere this fall. The miniseries, the network’s first, will span ten parts and will feature the voices of Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, and Melanie Lynskey. Over the Garden Wall stems from Pat’s short “The Tome of the Unknown.” If it’s anything like that cartoon, it will be among the most beautiful animated shows you’ve ever seen. If we ever wanted to see a production Tumblr, it’s for this.
very very beautiful. just the hugest fan of this artist <3 <3 <3 congratulations pat mchale!!!
Did you see that first kiss video last week? Yeah you did. Pile of bullshit ad. Well, THIS video is real. I was there. Just off camera. With a boom mike. Listening to all the awkwardness and kissing. This video isn’t about selling you pants, it’s just watching a variety of people meet and suck face.
even sweeter than the fake one.
After Newsweek had reportedly unmasked Bitcoin’s mysterious founder, devotees of the cryptocurrency took to Reddit to express rage and horror at the news. Maria Bustillos on the search for Satoshi Nakamoto and Reddit’s skeptics: http://nyr.kr/1qt2B2A
I love this illustration so MUCH, please make a POSTER, thank you.
There was one New Yorker cartoonist, perhaps one of many that felt the same way, who yelled at Ross one day during the thirties, ‘Why do you reject drawings of mine, and print stuff by that fifth-rate artist Thurber?’
'Third-rate,' said Ross, coming promptly and bravely to the defense of my stature as an artist and his own reputation as an editor.
—The Years With Ross, James Thurber
I’d forgotten all about this!! An alternate cover I made for IJ about a zillion years ago.