Google Reader

Astute readers of the blog will see a new feature on the righthand sidebar: A link to Google reader shared items.
I now exclusively use Google Reader to subscribe to feeds for Blogs and I am slowly adding blogs that I read to my Reader. Now, I can share choice items with others. Of course as I feel like it I will still blog about other blog entries, but now you can see what I am reading and liking elsewhere in the blogosphere.
And if you just want a direct link to everything I “share”:
Items from Paul Weimer’s Google Reader

Why did I wait so long… Meme

Have you ever read a classic novel (of any genre) and had the realization, mid-novel “Why did I wait so long to read this?”
Or perhaps it was a classic movie that, in the midst of it, you had the same reaction? Or even a music album of some sort?
I’m having that reaction right now, reading Alfred Bester’s THE STARS MY DESTINATION.
What stories do you have to share of similar experiences?
(Or do it on your own blog/LJ. Think of it as a meme)

Eat This fails to be on NY Times List
Via Andrew Wheeler:
Publishers Weekly reports this week on the case of Dave Zinczenko’s Eat This, Not That, which is selling very strongly…but does not appear on the New York Times bestseller list. (It is on PW’s list.)
The Times sniffed that Eat This “falls under the classification of of a calorie counter book, which the Times does not track.”
As Andrew Says, it sounds like the Times is (once again) making up rules to make the bestseller list come out the way they want. They moved the Harry Potter novels off of the list, after all, in part perhaps because they consistently dominated the top spots.
A bestseller list which is overly massaged is useless as a barometer of book popularity.

Bruckheimer films and the Hero with a Thousand Faces
On a comment on the SF novelists site, Elf Sternberg said:
On the other hand, if you want to teach a complete beginner how to
write a story, you really can’t do much better than a Jerry
Bruckheimer film. Take the Campebellian “cycle of the hero” and write
each stage across the top of a sheet of paper. For every character
(and I mean every) in a Bruckheimer film, write down his or her name
and then check off which stage of the cycle he or she is in. In
Armageddon, every single man on the shuttles goes through the
Campbellian cycle like clockwork. It’s amazing, from a story point of
view, to watch how deft Bruckheimer is at weaving them all together.
He has the actoin/adventure formula down: eight to ten emotional
highpoints per character, each one involving the reversal of one of
the character’s major personal values, and if he kills off a character
before the cycle is done he does it when the reversal is of the value
introduced in cycle step 1, reinforced throughout, and on a note that
delivers maximum emotional impact.
So I decided to watch National Treasure with this in mind.

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