“You will note that while Google has made serious, extremely well-organized attempts to purchase and control all out-of-print literature and create a massive online digital library, they have not bothered to create a ‘literature’ category for YouTube, revealing once again that they would be terrible shepherds for the human inheritance of written knowledge. Perhaps it can be argued that literature is ‘entertainment.’ But aligning literature with ‘entertainment’ is disingenuous. Literature is never merely ‘entertainment.'"
Is this a good idea? Why doesn't YouTube have categories for arts and literature?
"During February of 2011, The Fiction Circus held an experimental contest designed to solve a "world problem" that has caused our greatest American authors to be ignored and maligned all over the globe. In order to correct our deep American ignorance, we have created a system — hopefully a standard — that will allow "important literature" to flow back and forth between countries with the same grace as wacky YouTube videos of cats or torture. We want to show that it is possible to apply the same dynamics that make Wikipedia and Bittorrent effective toward the process of translation. We want to show that poets, linguists, and other language artists are just as willing to donate their talents to the internet as encyclopedophiles and pornographers.""
Miracle Jones writes: "The NYC online literary magazine "The Fiction Circus" is pioneering an open-source, living slush pile, where short story submissions are ranked via a Reddit system and editors comments are tracked along with the comments of writers and the general public. The magazine feels that the new system will increase transparency and fairness, while at the same time building a community and training fiction writers to be better at online social networking."
Miracle Jones writes: "The biggest NYC agent (Andrew "The Jackal" Wylie) and the biggest NYC publishing house (Germany's Bertelsmann Corporation, also known as "Random House") are no longer doing business together, at odds because of a big-time fight about electronic rights. Last week, Wylie started its own ebook publishing company called Odyssey Editions in order to distribute backlist books exclusively to the Amazon Kindle. Random House, calling Wylie direct competition, has declared they will no longer buy books from the agency. Either way, Amazon wins."
Miracle Jones writes: "19 new fiction genres for the 21st century, including "Android Realism," "Work and Sorcery," "New Weird Religion," "Corporate Romance," "Fantasy True Crime," and "Noirpunk." Mashing up existing works was cute for awhile (and lucrative), but the future is in mashing up genres, letting original work breathe."
Miracle Jones writes: "The missing head of the Philip K. Dick android has finally been discovered in St. Petersburg, confiscated in an Interpol sting against the Russian software piracy syndicate "Little Bear." "They were using the head basically as a portable hard drive to transport pirated ebooks, movies, games, and data between Russia and South America," said Detective Andrei Supernov. "I think they thought it was funny.""