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Unhappy Ending for The Mousetrap
The Independent reports that Agatha Christie’s heirs are dragging Wikipedia to court for the online encyclopedia’s spoilers that give away the plot twists and ending of the 1952 mystery play.
Wikipedia’s entry for the play features a section called Identity of the Murderer which explains that “audiences are asked not to reveal the identity of the killer to anyone outside the theatre, to ensure…
Opening NZ Policy Making to the Web
If Julia Gillard was looking around for ideas on the climate change assembly, they could take a leaf out of the New Zealand left’s book as they’ve created Open Labour.
Based on a simple wiki model, anyone can jump in and make policy suggestions for the Labour Party from their own version of the national broadband network to editing opposition leader, Phil Gough’s speech.
Megalogenis on Green’s Day
Before the election, George Megalogenis was already seeing a swing to the Greens. Back in July Megalogenis called the rise of the Greens as a “decade-long trend… [with] half the new Greens bandwagon probably comes from the Democrats”.
And in the seat of Melbourne, Megalogenis predicted the rise of Adam Bandt at the start of August. Megalogenis called it as “Labor has more to…
Snowy Mountain Scheme for the 21st Century by Leigh Ewbank
Recently Australia celebrated the 60th anniversary of the momentous Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Power Act – the first step in a 25-year journey to modernise our nation. Unrivalled in its ambition, the Snowy Mountains Scheme would meet the dual objectives of providing reliable electricity for our cities and towns, and water supplies to sustain food production along the Murray River.
Australia’s largest-ever engineering project would…
New Yorker unafraid of gay marriage
The New Yorker is speaking up about gay marriage after the back and forth appeals in California about Proposition 8, the state’s referendum on same-sex marriage.
In the small window between the decision to allow gay marriage on 4th of August and a federal judge Vaugh Walker’s ruling that it was unconstitutional, several same-sex couples tied the knot. Others are looking to civil unions…
The Top 10 Things I Have Learnt From this Election by Fatima Malik
Blogger Fatima Malik
I know this election has been all about moving forward but given the current political stalemate, it might be worthwhile to take a look backwards. Here are the top 10 things I learnt this election.
10) That Maxine McKew is the political world’s equivalent of a one slam wonder in tennis.
9) That it is possible for Tony Abbott not to…
Inside the Bookcase Conference by Lisa Demptser
Will climate change lead to the next major global war? How can book festivals around the world work together to create and deliver dynamic programs? Is swearing on stage a bad thing? These were just a few of the questions that delegates were pondering at the British Council Bookcase Conference, a four-day event that brought fifty literary professionals from around the world together in…
Cory Doctorow on Curated Computing
(Image courtesy of Joi Ito)
Meanland guest Cory Doctorow believes that ‘the personal and the handmade’ are the future of content, according to his latest Guardian column.
He argues that while pulling together information in curated websites or iPhone apps is the future there are still two things that defy curation: the personal and the tailored. The personal is obvious (Doctorow reckons it is…
E-mags Go Indie
Publishers Weekly reported that small press magazines have found a new champion with an online publication, Shelf Unbound.
Launching in September, Shelf Unbound aims to be a journal for small presses and is available exclusively online for computer, iPhone or iPad using the Zinio platform (which also offers Publishers Weekly as an e-edition). Electronic editions make sense for small presses who don’t want…
Palin’s Lessons from Shakespeare
Politicians say the dumbest things. Over at Slate they’ve compiled their favourite Palinisms, tweets, Facebook updates and other wit from former Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin.
And she’s got plenty to say. Even in a tweet of 140 characters she manages to reflect on feminism: “Who hijacked term:‘feminist’?A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue…
Does Google Want to Control Your Mind?
According to his recent Atlantic article, Nicholas Carr thinks search engine juggernaut Google is trying to read your mind.
You’ve probably already seen the Google Suggest, the Google feature that predicts the text you’re typing into the search box, but Carr says it makes the search engine “like a nosy mother, intent on knowing everything her children are doing and thinking”.
As well as…
Less Than Hero? by Kathy Charles
They say you should never meet your heroes.
I met Bret Easton Ellis when he was in town last week. A friend remarked to me that it must be something to meet your idol as a peer. “What do you mean?” I asked, genuinely baffled. “You know, as a fellow writer,” he replied. Suddenly I was filled with anxiety about the meeting…
Christos Slapping the Brits
Australian Booker nominee Christos Tsiolkas is cutting a swathe through Brit lit on his current visit to the UK with appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Not only is The Slap a favourite to win the Booker this year it’s also the bestselling title according to The Bookseller with “sales [that] totalled 5,001 copies during the seven days to 7th August 2010”. Last…
Something Fishy in Guardian’s Best Cookbooks
The Observer announced its top ten cook books on Sunday creating a stir in culinary circles.
Many of the big names missed out. Our Stephanie Alexander came in at 31 with her cooking bible, The Cook’s Companion, and relative newcomers like Jamie Oliver only got a single mention at 15 for Jamie’s Italy. Even Nigella barely scraped in at 42.
Unsucking Election Jargon
If you’ve felt like you need a translator during this election, you’re not alone. We tried unsuck it which told us that “moving forwards” just means “in the future” which is the same translation for another piece of gobbledygook “On a Go-Forward Basis”. Imagine how this campaign might have played out if Julia had only told us that she wanted to “Proceed on a…
BEE Mania in Melbourne
Charles and Meyer before meeting Easton Ellis
Few authors attain rock star status, but Bret Easton Ellis' Australian tour has had it’s fair share of pyrotechnics and brought out some odd fans. Like who? According to Elmo Keep, Easton Ellis was asked to help Delta Goodrem out with Stateside work. He told Keep, “I’m getting phone calls from Brian McFadden’s manager asking if I…
In Defence of YA fiction
New York Times columnist Pamela Paul is tired of the snubbing that young adult (YA) fiction gets.
London for Writers by Lisa Dempster
Lisa Dempster, EWF Director is touring the UK
Although beautiful, London is not the most glamorous city, and definitely not the most buzzing, but it has a rich and diverse writing and publishing culture which fascinates me.
Of course, London has a long and rich literary history, and there is plenty here in that vein to keep visiting writers busy. There are hallowed places…