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January 01, 2011

Technology for paid liars

It is barely 2011 and I have already been exposed to new technology that makes me want to stab and kill.

Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, reinvindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.

Better to build a shrine to some definitive old school technology for getting angry.

First it was Cormac McCarthy, then Jack Kerouac. Now, Harlan Ellison, a self-identified blue-collar fantasist who has written over 1,000 short stories, screenplays, essays, and criticisms, has listed his Remington noiseless portable for $40,000.

Meanwhile, Joe Konrath can't wait for his books to go out of print.

When that happens, the 40-year-old crime novelist plans to reclaim the copyrights from his publisher, Hyperion Books, and self-publish them on Amazon.com, Apple Inc.'s iBooks and other online outlets. That way he'll be able to collect 70% of the sale price, compared with the 6% to 18% he receives from Hyperion.

If you can hang on long enough, sometimes you find whatever enjoyment is to be found in outliving your enemies.

Happy New Year.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 1, 2011 08:48 AM