Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times: A Collection of All Original Essays from Today's (and Tomorrow's) Young

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Basic Books, Apr 24, 2009 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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An anthology of original essays from our most intriguing young writers, Bookmark Now boldly addresses the significance of the production of literature in the twenty-first century. Or simply, “How do we talk about writing and reading in an age where they both seem almost quaint?”The book features authors in their twenties and thirties—those raised when TV, video games, and then the Internet supplanted books as dominant cultural mediums—and their intent is to examine: (1) how this generation came to writing as a calling, (2) what they see as literature's relevance when media consumption and competition have reached unprecedented levels, and (3) how writing and reading fit in with the rest of our rapid, multitasking world. The result will offer a voyeuristic peek into the private, creative lives of today's writers and shed light on what their work means at a time when the book business is changing, yet—almost paradoxically—a time when storytelling as a means of both self-realization and community building (be it via e-mail, weblogs, or “This American Life”) seems more relevant than ever before.Edited by Kevin Smokler, a Bay Area entrepreneur who has devoted himself to fostering literary culture and cultivating fresh talent, Bookmark Now is a collection that both captures the state of the art and provides inspiration to aspiring writers at all levels.
 

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Contents

Not Fade Away
3
Look the Part
16
Border Lines
29
The Invisible Narrator
37
Welcome Grab a Broom
63
KELLEY ESKRIDGE AND NICOLA GRIFFITH
76
Her Dark Silent Cowboy No More
92
Your Own Personal Satan
105
Had a Stammer
151
Putting Gay Fiction Back Together
159
Voice of a Generation
170
Ambassadors
178
The McEggers Tang Clan
197
Years of Solitude
214
A Computer Ate My Book
233
VIVIEN MEJIA
242

Marginalia and Other Crimes
115
Security
124
Distractions
137
My Words Consume
261
Copyright

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Kevin Smokler was the founder and publisher Central Booking, which grew to serve nearly 50,000 bibliophiles worldwide and was praised by media outlets such as Wired, USA Today, and Forbes, which referred to it as the "Paris Review of the 21st Century." As a book critic and commentator, Kevin's writing has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and on NPR. He lives in San Francisco.

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