Items from Pat McNees vis Jerry Masinton

Why’s everyone so down on the memoir?
(J. Nicole Jones, LA Review of Books via, 1-14-13). Critics take grim satisfaction in tearing the genre to pieces. How quickly they forget Nabokov and Karr and Wolff. “Maybe there is at least one more reason for memoir, ever so slightly more legitimate than an extended therapy session: because a story is better that way. While some require the freedom of fiction, what if some stories need the pressure of truth — not because a writer perceives reality or confession as more interesting or so different from fiction, but because there is a unique dialogue that happens only in memoir between the present and the past.”

Do memoirs have to be so unhappy?
(Sophie Roell, The Browser, via, 1-14-13). Legendary critic and memoirist Calvin Trillin discusses his favorite books of the genre. He writes that memoir is “a form that’s existed for a long time. What may be different about a lot of the recent memoirs is the writers are not necessarily well known. Mary Karr is a poet and poets in the United States, you don’t even have to say they are not well known because there aren’t any well-known poets. So I think that’s one difference between a memoir and an autobiography – the person doesn’t have to be a household name to write a memoir. Maybe Mary Karr’s book started that – the idea of somebody just having an interesting story.” Trillin also suggests that memoirs tend to be short, and many autobiographies are “huge doorstops.”

Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay
(Nicholas Carr, Wall Street Journal, 1-5-13).
The e-book had its moment, but sales are slowing. Readers still want to turn those crisp, bound pages
“From the start, e-book purchases have skewed disproportionately toward fiction, with novels representing close to two-thirds of sales….Readers of weightier fare, including literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, have been less inclined to go digital. They seem to prefer the heft and durability, the tactile pleasures, of what we still call “real books”—the kind you can set on a shelf. E-books, in other words, may turn out to be just another format—an even lighter-weight, more disposable paperback.”

Try Audible for 30 days and get a free audiobook
(Audible is a major producer of audiobooks)

Your breakup is boring
(James Camp,, 11-12-12). David Foster Wallace was inspired to write about a breakup. So are a lot of memoirists. It’s not always worth it

Sarah S. Kilborne has an interesting piece about success with email marketing in the January issue of The Biographer’s Craft, an eletter you get with membership in BIO (Biographers International Organization). The BIO conference this year (the fourth conference) will be held in NYC May 17-19 at the Hotel Roosevelt. Make your reservations now!

To join BIO, go here (you do not have to be published, or famous, or even writing a biography, but it is a group of like-minded people–like-minded if you belong to WBG):

Stay Tuned: A Self-Published Book About TV Gets a Major Publishing Pick-Up (Dave Itzkoff, Arts Beat, NY Times, 1-2-13)
<<In the course of chronicling the modern-day history of television, the author Alan Sepinwall has made a bit of history himself, becoming the rare self-published author to be picked up by a major press. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster had acquired his well-regarded book “The Revolution Was Televised,” which Mr. Sepinwall put out late last year.

Pinterest Marketing Tutorial For Small Business Owners (Lisa Angelettie)

17 Common Blogging and SEO Mistakes–Do You Make These? (Tom Southern, guest posting on OnlineIncomeTeacher)

How (and why, and whether) to disable Java:
Gizmodo article: How to Disable Java in Your Browser by Eric Limer (1-12-13)
Limer says Java isn’t good for your for your computer’s health right now. It can mess it up pretty bad. Bad enough that the Department of Homeland Security is warning us all to turn it off. OK, but how do you do that? Fortunately, it’s not that hard.

Even the Dept of Homeland Security wants you to disable your java (1-12-13)
Bugs remain (story dated 1-13-13)–sector.html

HOWEVER: My computer guy, Claude Kerno, says all this concern is unwarranted for people like us — that all software needs updating now and then. (Also, Firefox automatically disables Java.) several people say that a fix that was supposed to be fixed isn’t quite fixed yet. By now it probably is, but just be aware that some people think this is a problem. (Not Claude.)

When I can find the time I intend to do this online (and thought others might find it of interest):
Power Searching with Google

Found this through a Lifehacker announcement of a Power Searching course:

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