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Nora Ephron Passes

Roger L. Simon, writing at PJ Media, speaks about his memories of Nora Ephron. Reuters reports that Ephron died of leukemia aged 71.

Googler proposes '451' error code to signal Internet censorship, in honor of Ray Bradbury

A 451 Internet error code? Digital Trends has the details:

"Government-imposed online censorship has become increasingly prevalent over the past few years...When censorship does happen, we need a sign that clearly tells us that that’s the reason for a site’s inaccessibility.

Enter Tim Bray, a software developer at Google who has proposed a solution: a “451? error code that displays anytime you visit a site blocked by the government. The number 451 is in honor of late author Ray Bradbury, whose science fiction classic Fahrenheit 451, first published in 1950, warned of a dystopian world defined by government-imposed censorship (in the form of burning any house that contains books)."

Novelist Richard Brautigan's Brains At Bancroft Library: A Grand Guignol Adventure!

Novelist Richard Brautigan's Brains At Bancroft Library: A Grand Guignol Adventure!

"I know you know that Brautigan blew his brains out, literally blew his mind," she wrote to poet, novelist and essayist Andrei Codrescu at Exquisite Corpse. "What you might not be aware of is that he blew his brains out all over pages of his last manuscript... I handled them, archived them, ran my hands over his desiccated brain matter on numerous occasions, though at first I had no idea what I was touching because the Library said nothing and even denied what became all too apparent after I eliminated the other possibilities of what this strange stuff could be (I’m not unfamiliar with such things, and my eyes didn’t deceive me).

[Thanks Stephen!]

Ray Bradbury Interview January 21, 1974

Interview with Ray Bradbury on the 1970's public TV program "Day at Night"

Ray Bradbury wasn’t a digital dinosaur; e-backlist coming

Excerpt from piece:

The details for the “huge undertaking” are still being worked out but Brehl (Bradbury's editor) said plans were well under way with Bradbury’s approval. (I’ve yet to reach Bradbury’s agent Michael Congdon.) “He knew we were going to do this,” she said. “He agreed to it. … I told Ray, ‘You have to step boldly into the future.’”

She added, “We respected his wishes for so long. [He finally said] ‘Yeah, ok, I see what you’re saying.’” The HarperCollins e-books all will be available to libraries no matter the publishers’ overall strategy, according to Brehl. “That was one of the big, big concerns.”

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Developing News: Ray Bradbury Has Died

Associated Press radio news lit off the news within the past hour and France24 reports that Ray Bradbury has died aged 91.

UPDATE as of 1533 UTC: MSNBC and Fox News have more on this matter.

The Millionaire Authors' Club

The Millionaire Authors' Club
You think writers live in garrets? Think again. Carl Wilkinson introduces the Millionaire’s Club, an exclusive band of authors whose books have sold more than a million copies.

Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction

Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction

16 May is the first ever day celebrating the art of micro-fiction. But what are the pros and cons of ultra short stories – and what's the secret of writing them? Follow David Gaffney's tips and post your own flash fiction.

Writer’s Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking

Some authors, like the novelist James Patterson, are producing 12 or more books a year to satisfy readers who are increasingly used to on-demand entertainment.

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Jonah Goldberg drops claim of two Pulitzer nominations

Jonah Goldberg drops claim of two Pulitzer nominations
On the dust jacket of his new book, "The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas," best-selling conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg is described as having "twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize."

In fact, as Goldberg acknowledged on Tuesday, he has never been a Pulitzer nominee, but merely one of thousands of entrants.

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