WHAT’S IN MY INSTAPAPER: SUNDAY MORNING LINKS
Here are some links that caught my eye this week.
The Workbook Project has a new Transmedia Talk Podcast. Topics include “The Web is Dead,” Foursquare, and the Transmedia panels at SXSW 2011.
Also at the Workbook Project, Mark Harris on why he shot his forthcoming The Lost Children fiction feature as a doc.
Sarah Kessler at Mashable: “New Neutrality — Seven Worst-Case Scenarios.”
There’s been a lot of interest in NYC writer Tao Lin over at The Rumpus. I haven’t read him, so I can’t comment. But here’s an intro at Salon that also discusses the new ways he’s figured out how to monetize his work. An excerpt:
In early November 2009, Lin held an “experimental contest” on his blog that invited users to bid a certain amount of money via Paypal — any amount they chose — on a prize package of Tao Lin goodies. The catch: Lin’s prizes would go to the highest bidder, but entrants would not get their money back if their bid lost. Lin posted a video that showed off the prizes: A “unique drawing of a Sasquatch holding a hamburger,” which he notes has the “crying hamster stamp of authenticity” (a small doodle Lin puts on all his artwork and also signs books with); a Tao Lin T-shirt; an unpublished draft of a short story; an error-filled galley copy of Shoplifting From American Apparel; and a small Moleskine journal filled with Lin’s notes. “You can find out exactly what I do by getting this and looking at my to-do list,” he declares in the video. One finds all of this thoroughly ridiculous until learning that the last Moleskine notebook he sold on eBay went for $80. He is making real money off of this shwag. Lin says, “I probably make $700 a month from selling stupid things on my blog.”
If you’re wondering, in fact, how much writers make to see if they make more than independent filmmakers, then head over to The Rejector for a detailed piece entitled, yes, “How Much Does a Writer Make?”
At Arron La, a developer breaks down the revenue he’s made from his Android app.
At The Atlantic, Kate Bolick has an odd personal essay in which she mourns “A Death on Facebook.”
Casey Neistat has done a spot for Kanon Organic Vodka.
At N+1, Nicholas Rombes goes cineplex hopping. An excerpt:
The surrealists André Breton and Paul Éluard used to enter movie theaters at random and stay only a little while, until the plot became clear to them and the films’ images were drained of their power. In the Cineplex you can do the same thing all in one building. I did that one day this summer. What I saw was not excerpts from ten different movies, but one movie made up of ten interchangeable parts—the imperial power of Hollywood, still alive and well, surviving postmodern fragmentation and resisting détournement.
At No Film School, “How to Shoot with Dual System on a Canon DSLR.”
There is a cannibal restaurant in Germany.
Viceland has an interview with Terry Zwigoff on the event of the Criterion release of Crumb.
If you missed Martin Scorsese’s Bleu de Chanel spot, here it is again:
Jon Taplin on the Two Americas.
David Bordwell on coincidence and storytelling.
Finally, a bunch of stuff from the New York Times. First is the indie rise and fall leading to reality TV-rise of Morgan J. Freeman. Next is an appreciation of Barbara Loden and her feature, Wanda. When we did our “50 Most Important Independent Films” list back in 1996, this film was on it. I only first saw it a few years ago, and it’s truly amazing and even more influential now. In a profile of producer Joel Silver, we learn that his free-spending days are over. Finally, in a piece on our brains on computers, we learn that we need to turn them off. Get out and enjoy your day.