Dead Author T-shirts

Responding to many requests for Dead Author T-shirts, prompted by my
remarks that authors cannot make a living from rock concerts and T-shirts, I
have now supplied the T-shirts, in four motifs: Dead Author, Dead Moose, The
Joy of Accounting, and Would Modernists Blog? Not to mention the tote bags,
the water bottles, the bumper stickers, the mugs, and the wall clocks! They
are at: http://www.cafepress.com/DeadAuthorTshirtsandOtherStuff

Have fun!

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  2. William

    I used to wonder why you didn’t get very many comments on your blog. I thought it was because you were old or unpopular. Now I know the real story. It’s because you’re a bitch. I’m sorry I wasted my time and money on a dozen of your books. Most of them were boring anyway. Never again. Kelley Armstrong and Nino Ricci are better writers than you.

    • That is the rudest, most absurd thing to say to a woman of such status. I’m appalled to have to read this on Ms. Atwood’s blog. Go away if you are too small minded to understand her brilliance.

      • If the confidence that Atwood has exuded throughout her brilliant poetry and prose is any indication of who she is, I’m pretty positive she laughed at that comment. Some people are pathetic, and William is just another example of an angsty and unaccomplished wannabe. Ignore him, it’s obvious the rest of the world has.

    • Teri

      Well, @William, there is no accounting for taste.

    • Marguerite

      Only a sexist would call a woman a bitch. Im glad you won’t be reading anymore of Ms Atwood’s books. She is not writing them for you, but for those of us who know the importance and brilliance of her work. Go read Danielle Steele.

  3. scanner

    @William “It’s because you’re a bitch.”
    Of course she is, William. And hot, too.

  4. Hilary

    I just did this on impulse. My mail has nothing to do with any other post, let alone the ignorant twit who compared your work with Kelley Armstrong and Nino Ricci – who are they? They sound like bad handbag designers.

    I have derived a great deal of pleasure from your poetry and prose over the years and so I am sending a poem I think you might like in return. It’s translated (by me) from Estonian and is by Betty Alver (1906-89), who was banned from publishing for 20 years in Soviet Estonia. Not that it stopped her writing until the time came when she was able to be heard …

    Best wishes, Hilary, Tartu, Estonia

    Captain Oleander (1932/1988)

    North of Hull and under Tierra del Fuego
    there is no bold fat man
    no such scoundrel,
    no other
    who drinks
    so wildly ashore and aboard
    shouting
    ordering
    than Captain Oleander.

    everywhere a perfect stranger
    everywhere notorious –

    Captain Oleander
    carried blubber from Norway
    travelled in freight ships
    around Chinese waters,
    tramped in Honolulu
    knocked all around the world,
    up to Calcutta
    in the oil company ship
    haggling the price
    of a soul

    At sea, sea rights
    at sea , sea law .

    Without a homeland
    captain Oleander

    legs for cables
    in a British scow
    wrists of iron
    In Java
    burning hair
    in Jamaica
    the right eye got a pop
    it was not the only thing that happened
    in Okinawa.

    With no history
    captain Oleander.

    in his mouth hundreds of languages
    blackamoor tongues

    everywhere a stranger
    everywhere notorious –
    nowhere permanent
    Captain Oleander
    His companion
    the hurricane roar of Cape Horn
    home
    in every hillbilly-cavern
    in every point of the compass
    in every continent,
    island.

    Without a home
    captain Oleander
    sometimes in a drowsy-dream
    would sail as if the bay
    were a children’s picture book:

    the ancient town and harbour
    the ancient citadel and gloomy
    grey stone walls
    the high stone towers

    behind the old moat
    in the yard the low lying house,
    in the house the kitchen and chamber –

    in the room his small boy,
    the apple of his eye,
    straining,
    leaning from his lap
    towards his mother

    babbling and singing
    children’s thoughts,

    crowing words,
    first words
    in the mother tongue—
    ————

    Without history
    captain Oleander
    as if celebrating a wake:

    pours whiskey down his throat
    until the drowsy-dream
    covers the far town
    the glittering mother tongue
    entombed in
    the sough of the sea.

    In the sea secret boulders
    in the sea secret rocks

    the heart of man
    at sea
    denies secret wounds.

    ———————–

    In the autumn night
    sombre waves
    howl like wolves,
    the murderous sky threads itself into
    black storm wheels,
    the ship gets a leak
    at Näckmansgrund,
    defies it’s mortal wound.
    sweeps on like a beast

    runs finally to the shore
    and must stay there
    in dock —–

    ———————

    The ancient town and harbour,
    the ancient citadel and gloomy
    grey stone walls,
    the high stone towers

    behind the old moat
    in the yard the low house,
    in the house the kitchen and chamber,
    in the chamber…

    Damn! … Damn town,
    damn country and house
    a damn soul
    doesn’t need this
    either in life
    or at the hour of death
    not even in a dream!

    Without a home
    without history
    a vagrant sea tramp

    in captain circles
    talks many languages,

    with the sailors
    raises Cain,
    yells,
    snorts,

    dances till midnight
    drops somewhere in the inn corner

    snoring
    among the trash.

    Suddenly
    someone
    grabs his purse –

    the startled captain
    magician-malefactor
    Seizes
    hair

    “I’ll spit in your father’s face,
    he should have
    strangled your dog’s neck !”
    roars he like a sea storm
    world vagabond
    but the thieving boy
    only smiles back:

    “Then spit in your own face
    captain Oleander”

    The captain grows pale.
    His fist drops
    his eye
    for a long while
    cuts through the boy
    like a knife

    At last the wild sea wolf
    legs going weak
    staggering-wobbling
    collapsing stooping,
    looks closer …and closer … and closer …
    then asks

    “Tell me son, what have got in your pocket?”

    “A little thieves lamp and some
    men’s iron trinkets”

    “Where, hooligan, is your nest?”

    “In the snowdrift”

    “How much life have you taken?”

    The robber boy doesn’t answer
    keeps a mocking gaze
    Sits at the table
    Takes a glass
    wets his whistle

    “For me regret is just repulsive rubbish –
    captain, take me with you!
    Don’t spurn a bold cabin boy!
    Only valour seizing-stealing,
    You know it yourself —-
    nothing else
    Is worth a penny!”

    The captain thinks for several days.
    The captain knows life.
    But when he leaves the bay –
    the audacious cabin boy is on deck already
    folding up
    the ships cable.
    ___________

    At sea the sea torments
    at sea the sea is troubling

    On the long sea way
    the brave sailors
    have no time for
    the soft stories of spare time.

    In their demanding work
    rope and tin speak
    better
    and more quickly …

    A month goes by
    and then another.
    a third goes by
    a forth

    From day to day
    a more leaden load
    the cabin boy
    has on his back

    From day to day
    it becomes harder
    to ignore an empty belly
    with the tack the mice have
    nibbled.

    From day to day
    life is fading
    under oppression
    and monotony

    Day after day …

    The Captain and the Irish boatswain
    Slam down cards:

    “Beat that, Redbeard,
    beat my ace of trumps!”

    But what clamour is on the deck?

    The boatswain, pale,
    turns to the cabin

    “Mutiny, Captain!” !’

    The captain,
    allies behind
    in a flash is on the deck.
    A whining bullet grazes his chest,
    Another – the peak of his cap.

    Vain hope!
    Already over yonder
    the mutineers are surrendering –

    the mutiny
    has failed!

    The captain strikes like lightening,
    the echo comes back:

    “Rogues!
    Dogs!
    Traitors!
    Who started this?”

    An old story, a familiar story
    Always repeating

    An agile finger
    points at once
    to the face of Oleander´s young look-alike,
    And a hundred eyes
    shoot him
    a look.

    In this dog´s life
    everything must be paid now
    with a high
    price
    or paid
    later
    in a jail.

    At sea , sea law
    At sea, sea justice.

    Soon at the rope’s end rotates
    gently in the south wind
    the lissom
    boys body

    An old story.
    The others
    are not put in chains.
    Yet.

    A familiar story.
    Tons of cargo
    must get to
    harbour.

    An old story, a familiar story,
    The captain motions with his hand
    “OK Irishman,
    it’s your turn
    to deal the cards”

    As if the very sea,
    the harsh sea stone,

    asks nothing of
    that wild seafarer

    Only the eye on the compass and clock,
    travelling on the old wreck,
    on the big ship-coffin
    with cargo
    wherever

    no native land
    no history
    captain oleander

  5. danny

    Margaret Atwood and Rosalind Porter discuss Danny Bloom’s HUNCH

    (MARGARET NOTES: We didn’t really. Danny made this up.)

    Rosalind Porter: Do you feel that what you do as a novelist is
    devalued by the medium of electronic text? That something of your
    craft might be lost without the experience of reading it on a pristine
    page?
    Margaret Atwood: Well, we don’t know that yet because we don’t know
    whether the reading experience from a neurological point of view is
    different for people who read only in e-form,

    DANNY SEZ: although I hear from Danny Bloom in Taiwan that current MRI and PET SCAN studies are showing that paper reading is vastly superior to screen-reading. In
    terms of brain chemistry. In terms of info processing, info retention
    and analysis, not to mention critical thinking about what you’ve just
    read. Yes. Danny is on to something here. He told me Anne Mangen is
    his teacher here. (Margaret notes: you can find something about this here:
    http://www.uis.no/news/article29782-50.html)

    And yes, there is the thrill of looking at a pristine paper page, but
    only because we’re used to it. The question is, will the thrill be the
    same as opening the cover of a pristine ebook that you’ve never seen
    before? I think the operative word is ‘pristine’ rather than ‘page’,
    and I would think that the ability to follow – to translate text
    (which is what reading is), to translate the black marks, mainly
    print, into words – is going to be much the same, whether you’re
    reading it from the piece of paper, from a scroll, or from an ebook.

  6. Denise

    I LOVE the idea of owning a dead author t-shirt!!!

  7. Danny Bloom

    Hi. Sorry to be such a naughty boy, but at 62 — [1949-2032] — i know a thing or two about how to get through to people and so i had to do this unethical gurerilla theater make up story in order to just get the IDEA out there. But yes, Danny made those bits up out of whole cloth, and he apologizes for being a bit on the eccentric side, but he meant well and he means well. Thing is, what eggsactly are the neurological diffs between reading on screens, Marvin Mimsky at MIT, the AI guy, calls it “screen-reading”, he tells me, and reading on paper? I am not talking about the smell of paper and silly things like that, or even distractions online, i am talking about, from the depth of my very deep brain, which is often wrong, about how the human brains reads after taking info in via the EYE, and if the light reflecting on paper thing is superior in terms of lighting up diff parts of the brain vs reading pixels off a screen? I might be wrong on this, and in fact, I want to be wrong. I have no dog in the this fight. BUT, my sources in PHD land tell me i am on to something and to never give up until I find out right or wrong. Anne Mangen in Norway is my mentor here. Margaret, I just wanted you to know. But yes, i made that stuff up and i do apollogize on that. My bad. But i think you understand my M.O., i just HAd to get through to you and I did. Thanks for not deleting me entirely. I admit i made it up. But can we try to find out if maybe the MRI and PET scan tests will tell us something important? Of course, the tech train has already left the station, as Gary Small at UCLA said, so even if i am right, so what? The tech industry is not going to recall iPads and Kindles….. so enjoy while you can. Thanks for listening to this cranky outsider in taiwan cave who is no Luddite but a computerless lad at the end of his life with a few qusetions left before he finally conks out.

    • marg09

      Danny, you are 62 and think you are at the end of your life? Unless you are ill, you have lots of time left! I am old enough to have been your Camp Counsellor.

      Thanks for your posts — my brother is a neurophysiologist and we are all interested in Brains and how they work. Yes, the Squid book is fascinating. Me, I’m multidextrous — I handwrite, keyboard, read onscreen, read on paper, write on anything — but I am the Transitional Generation, perhaps, and my neural pathways are already set. The effect on YOUNG brains of all this is what folks should be concerned about. Plus Nature Deficit Disorder.

  8. Danny Bloom

    Margaret, I also made this up, but read it in that light. — Danny
    It’s not sci-fi, it’s sci envisioning. WHAT IF i am right? then what? oi.
    Top people in the field have read it already and cautioned me to be very clear that this is a made up story, fiction, but they said it is useful, too. Patricia Cohen at the New York Times is looking into all this for a front page story, as is Sharon Begley at Newsweek. Not one Canadian newspaper will even respond to my polite letters of pitching the idea. Sigh. But ask around: from Paul Saffo to Kevin Kelly, from William Powers to Nick Carr to David Pogue to Michael PubLunch Cader to Hillet Italie at AP to Nick Bilton and John Markoff, they all know about my eccentric idea. For some reason, not related to fear of the tech industry, not one USA reporter or Canadian is willing to entertain my ideas. Roy Greenslade in the UK, where eccentricity is understood, tells me right on. So i soldier on until the MRI and PET scan studies come out. Let me be wrong. I want to to be wrong. but WHAT IF i am right? that’s all i am pleading.

    ————————-
    headline:
    MRI brain imaging lab studies differences in screen, paper reading

    by danny blooming

    April 20, 2010

    BOSTON — Dr Ellen Marker studies reading. But not off screens or in
    paper books.
    Her research is done in a Quincy laboratory.

    The pioneering neuroscientist analyzes brains in their most enthusiastic
    reading state, hoping to understand the differences between reading
    off screens and reading on paper surfaces.
    Like me, Dr Marker feels that her studies will show reading on paper
    is superior to reading off screens in terms of
    retention, processing, analysis and critical thinking.

    But first, let’s see what the scans will be like.

    Dr Marker asks me to put myself into an fMRI machine so she and his
    team can study which areas of the brain are activated by reading text
    on paper compared to reading the same text on a computer screen or a
    Kindle e-reader.

    And this is why I’m here. Today I will donate my brain scans to science.

    Among the things that Market has discovered so far is that reading on
    paper might be
    something we as a civilization should not ever give up.

    “Even though reading on screens is useful and convenient, and I do it
    all the time, I feel that
    reading on paper is somethine we should never cede to the digital
    revolution,” Marker, 43, says. “We need both.”

    On the day I climb into the brain imaging cocoon, I am thinking about
    what it all might mean.
    But since I am just a guinea pig and not a scientist, I will have to
    wait for the results.

    I enter a sterile lab, and Marker and her four associates greet me,
    all in white lab coats.
    As they hand me my a pale blue gown to change into, I have
    second thoughts — “How can I read while lying down horizontally my
    back, not my preferred reading mode?” — but decide to push myself.

    Science needs me!

    The scientists load me into the machine and I’m off.

    Next step: They strap my head down, because any movement distorts the
    brain imaging. Ever try to read a book without facial movements?

    I feel as if I’m being shoved into the middle of a toilet paper roll,
    the walls so close my eyelashes almost graze them.

    Then I hear a voice through the earphones I’m wearing. It’s Dr Marker.

    “You okay in there?” she asks.

    Graduate student Dan Smith, 52, tells me to relax before
    running around to join the other scientists in the control room.

    With the invention of the fMRI only 20 years ago, along came the
    ability to look at brain activity. Marker says that by understanding a
    function as gigantic as reading, how the reading brain does its magic
    dance, a response that hijacks all of
    one’s attention, she might also learn how reading on screens could be
    inferior to reading on paper.

    “The more we understand how the brain works,” she says, “the more we
    will be able to help people modulate its activity.”

    As the machine switches on, it sounds like a jackhammer. I follow
    Marker’s instructions and as I do, the group watches my brain on
    their computer monitors. I willl read passages from a novel, and then
    later I will read
    the same passages on a Kindle. I just hope the Kindle does not blow up
    inside the brain scan machine!

    Research and teaching take up most of Marker’s time, but when she has a
    spare moment, she thinks about what all this might mean for the future
    of humankind.

    During my first hour in the fMRI machine, researchers map my brain’s
    reading paths
    to find out which parts correlate to
    which regions of the brain.

    “You have 10 minutes,” Marker says through my earphones near the end
    of our test. “Keep reading.”

    On the
    other side of the glass pane, the scientists can see my brain lighting
    up as I read on paper and as I read on a screen. Regions light up in
    different ways, Marker says.

    Komisaruk discusses what her research could do for the future of
    humankind. “We need to know
    if reading on screens is going to be good if it replaces all our
    reading on paper.”

    Marker’s lab has paid me a
    $100 subject fee, so I want to give them their money’s worth.

    After all, it’s not easy to get funding for this stuff — Marker
    says she spends at least half of her time applying for grants.

    “There’s no premium on studying paper reading modes versus
    screen-reading modes in this society,” she tells me
    as Smith murmurs, “What do you expect? The gadgetheads want to take over.”

    When the tests are over, Market tells me the data takes two hours to
    convert, but it can take much longer to
    make sense of it.

    “We’ll be at this for a while,” she says.

    One of the biggest conundrums turns out to be a nagging
    question for all mankind: What if reading on screens is not good
    for retention of data, emotional connections and critical thinking skills?

    Marker begins slipping more and more
    into her thoughts. “Neurons, little bags of chemicals, create
    awareness,” he says, “but how? How does the brain create the mind?
    What is reading, really?”

    I see that at the heart of all her research, there is a
    philosopher trying not only to understand reading, but also figure out
    the nuts and bolts that make up the human experience.

    “It’s the hard question I want to answer,” she says. “What creates
    consciousness?

    “I find that,” she adds, “and I find the Nobel Prize.”

    NOTE:

    And as Mike Shatzkin told me when I told him my views on paper vs
    screen reading, he said: “Danny, you may very well be right, but just
    as nobody heeded the calls that radiation and cancer might impact cell
    phone use, do you think makers of device readers will listen to you or
    even care if you are right? No way!”

  9. Danny Bloom

    AN real INTERVIEW by danny bloom WITH DR ANNE MANGEN IN NORWAY ON READING ON PAPER AND READING ON SCREENS

    conducted by Danny Bloom in Taiwan (August 15, 2009)

    Anne Mangen is a reading specialst at the National Centre for Reading Research and Education at Stavanger University in Norway, and a paper she published in late 2008 in the UK on the differences betweem reading on paper and reading on screens has catapulted her to the forefront of the debate on this very controverisal topic.

    In a recent email interview, I asked Dr Mangen to go over some of the
    issues involved here. As some readers might know, I have been advocating that society adopt a new word for reading on screens, since I feel screen reading is so different from reading on paper, and I feel that with a new word we can study the differences better — and point out the differences better, too — and I have gently, quietly suggested the word “screening” to mean “reading text on a screen”. Of
    course, not everyone agrees with me; and even Dr Mangen does not agree with me, even though it was her 2008 academic paper that got me started on this quixotic quest. But that’s okay. I respect Dr Mangen highly, and I still consider her my mentor on all this.

    When I asked her that since reading on paper is very different from reading on screens, does she think that at some point we might need a new word in English for “reading on screens”, she replied: “Not really, because I doubt that one single word is able to denote the complexity of the process in any accurate and useful way.”

    Dr Mangen went on: “The term “reading” is already a general term
    covering a range of very different processes on different cognitive
    and perceptual levels, undertaken in a range of different situations,
    with a vast number of different textual material. As well as
    non-textual material, when one talks about “reading faces”, or
    “reading the next move in a game of chess. When talking about
    reading, there always follows a requirement to supply more precise and
    narrower concepts to clarify what aspects of the reading process and
    experience we are currently talking about, and this requirement is no
    different whether we read on paper or on screen (or on any other
    device). ”

    She added: “I think the main dichotomy might remain that between
    “screen reading” and “print reading”, and then one will have to employ
    add-on and ad hoc clarifications and specifications of these general
    concepts, such as for instance scrolling and hypertextual reading as
    instances of screen reading, and turning the page when print reading.”

    “Moreover, terms like scan, skim, browse, and close-read apply equally
    as well to screen reading as to print reading. What is interesting is
    what terms and processes such as these actually entail in the two
    different reading conditions (i.e., reading on screen and print). And
    this is what has to be specified additionally, I think, instead of
    replacing the generic term “reading” with “screening”as you suggest,
    Danny, — which will be too un-nuanced and indistinct and hence, not
    very useful — at least not scientifically,” she said.

    “In general, I should add that I am critical to unnecessary
    neologizing, as I think that too much research (particularly in the
    arts and humanities) is about creating new words and concepts where
    they are not needed, hence taking the focus away from discussing
    substance and content of theoretical arguments and developments to
    rather focusing on rhetoric and language,” she added.

    When I mentioned to Dr Mangen that my concept behind using the word
    screening to try to capture the fact that the experience of reading on
    a screen is fundamentally different from reading on paper — and not a
    priori worse or better; just different, she agreed, saying: “Yes, the
    experience of reading on a screen is different from reading on paper;
    although in what ways and to what extent must be specified in each
    instance, situation and purpose of reading.”

    But she added: “However, whether reading on a screen is better or
    worse than reading on paper depends on a range of variables — the
    reader’s prior experience with both formats, the purpose and situation
    of the reading act, the type and genre of text, the disposition of the
    reader, and other variables.”

    When I told her that I wanted to introduce the word screening as a new
    word for reading on screens in order to draw attention to the vast
    literary shift that is washing over us right now, as we speak, and if
    she agreed that we are now witnessing a vast literary shift, Dr Mangen
    replied: ” Yes, I would say that the current shift from paper to
    screen represents a vast literary shift, the implications of which —
    short-term and, in particular, long-term — we are not yet aware of.”

    I asked Dr Mangen if she feels, as I do, that reading on screens might
    hamper or hinder the critical analysis skills of what pepople are
    readingsne replied:
    “This question is a too general – but very important also–and it
    cannot be dealt with in such a general, either/or manner, as you
    phrase it. The precise reading situation, context, purpose, kind of
    text, reader dispositions, device characteristics, and other
    vairables, would have to be specified in order to yield any
    constructive and interesting answers to your question. So your
    question is too general, but it’s an important one.”

    I asked Dr Mange a specific question, asking her: “If in the future
    most reading is done on screens, from computers to iPhones to Kindles
    to even textbooks on screens, could this hurt the critical thinking
    skills of young people to think, analyze and assess information?”

    Dr Mangen replied: “It’s tempting to answer with the cliché, and say
    that only time will tell, but I do think it is appropriate and
    important to raise these critical questions, over and over — even at
    the risk of being marginalized as a Luddite, Danny. Maryanne Wolfe at
    Tufts University in Boston raises this issue, too, from a
    cognitive/neuroscientific point of view, in her excellent book “Proust
    and the Squid”, which I highly recommend to you.”

    Finally, I asked Dr Mange if she was willing or ready to say goodbye
    to Mr. Paper and greet the Screen Age with a completely open-minded
    welcome, she said: “No, at least not when it comes to the educational
    aspects of reading.”

    So it goes. I was in Taiwan tapping on my computer keyboard in a
    computer lab at a local university, since I don’t even own a computer
    and never have, and she was on the other side of the world in Norway,
    on summer vacation, and I felt it was a good interview, a very good
    interview indeed. I learned a lot.

    INFO:
    Anne Mangen
    PhD., associate professor
    National Centre for Reading Research and Education
    University of Stavanger
    NORWAY

  10. Danny Bloom

    Dr Mangen quote”
    “Yes, I would say that the current shift from paper to
    screen represents a vast literary shift, the implications of which –
    short-term and, in particular, long-term — we are not yet aware of.”

  11. Danny Bloom

    I asked Dr Mange a specific question, asking her: “If in the future
    most reading is done on screens, from computers to iPhones to Kindles
    to even textbooks on screens, could this hurt the critical thinking
    skills of young people to think, analyze and assess information?”

    Dr Mangen replied: “It’s tempting to answer with the cliché, and say
    that only time will tell, but I do think it is appropriate and
    important to raise these critical questions, over and over — even at
    the risk of being marginalized as a Luddite, Danny. Maryanne Wolfe at
    Tufts University in Boston raises this issue, too, from a
    cognitive/neuroscientific point of view, in her excellent book “Proust
    and the Squid”, which I highly recommend to you.”

  12. danny bloom

    Dear Camp Counselor margo9, above, re:

    “Danny, you are 62 and think you are at the end of your life? Unless you are ill, you have lots of time left! I am old enough to have been your Camp Counsellor.”

    Danny Sez: Well, just hypochondrical humour of a kidding death sort, had massive heart attack Nov. 6, 2009, rushed to ER in a taxi, ICU for 7 days, stent in my ticker now, and Doctor Ong here in Taiwan tells me my days are numbered — as in take a number at the bank counter and wait your turn — but that I could make it as far as 2032 if I mind my veggies and exercise. So I am not really “near” death, anymore than any of us else are. But I do know now that my days are really numbered and I might not be posting here tomorrow. Sigh. But, no regrets. ”Je ne regret rien pas”, as Maureen Dowd wrote a few weeks ago. Sic: she meant “je ne regrette rien”… Me too.

    So yes, lots of time left to try to get to the bottom of this reading vs screening thing. MRI and PET studies should come out by 2015 or 2020, and I hope to be around and compare notes. If not, others will carry on. I am just a very small potatoe in this multidextrous stew. And I may very likely be proved wrong. That’s what i want! Prove wrong, guys! Go ahead, make my day! Smile.

    RE: “Thanks for your posts — my brother is a neurophysiologist and we are all interested in Brains and how they work. Yes, the ‘Squid’ book is fascinating. Me, I’m multidextrous — I handwrite, keyboard, read onscreen, read on paper, write on anything — but I am the Transitional Generation, perhaps, and my neural pathways are already set. The effect on YOUNG brains of all this is what folks should be concerned about. Plus Nature Deficit Disorder.”

    WELL SAID, Mago9.

    danny bloom (1949-2032)

  13. dannyle bloom

    Dear Camp Counsellor My Eye!

    Okay, when i was 9 yrs old at YMCA summer camp in the Berkshire
    of western Mass., good ol’ 1950s, you were 19 and running us younger kids
    into the ground, especially with KP kitchen duty spudding potatoes for the camp population of 500 kids. I DO REMEMBER YOU NOW! (smile)

    And he not busy being born is busy dying, as Leonard Cohen Bobby Dylan sang, so I am up for another 20 years of this thing called LIFE 101. But as time passes, I just want to bow out of this discussion with this brief note:

    I am not worried about screen-reading being SO inferior to paper reading in terms of brain chemistry. BUT i do worry a bit. I can illustrate like thisL just today when i read a story online about a Japanese teenager who lost her family in the tsunami , when i read the news story online, i understood every word and every word registered in my brain yes, BUT later when i printed it out and read the same exact story on hard copy paper, in the park, sitting alone on a bench, TEARS came to my eyes as paper-read the same story, word by word, the POWER of the WORDS sinking DEEPER into my EQ pool, and this did not happen with screening it initially. THIS IS WHAT I AM DRIVING AT. SOMETHING IS LOST in screening. Something gained too. yes. I am no Luddite. Although, yes , i know, i am a bit luddicrous in most people’s eyes! I was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts, just outside of Springfield, maybe that is why? Let’s look into this READING vs SCREENING issue more with MRI machines? IDEA: why don’t you make contact with Anne Mangen in Norway, she is the top person on this and she has MORE of an open mind than I do….find her: I spoke to her by phone last summer. she’s fluent in English, married to a Canadian bloke in Norway
    anne.mangen@uis.no

  14. best page on the internets. hands down. hilarious.

    i’m getting the modernist one. brilliant.

  15. toby the glover

    ms atwood, why do you sell knick-knacks?
    the handmaid’s tale paints a sorry picture of the future. let’s hope it’s a tale told by a fool.
    and charity begins at home, you know: please don’t abort your little ones, ladies.
    that’s all i have to say at this time.

  16. Willian, you should washing your dirty mouth before posting anything, simply ignore him. For the author of Dead Author, congratulation, and keep up doing a great job. Nice to meet you, members of this amazing community.

  17. Love the modernist T-shirt. The modernists are passing away…passing away….

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  19. I realize this is probably the WRONG place to post this, but after last night at Moncton’s Frye Festival I now consider myself a MAGGY GROUPIE. Yeah, she may not be a rock star, and she and I are close in age (I’m a granny groupie), but her funny, funny lecture and chat last evening gave me the opportunity to laugh until my sides hurt. One smart, with-it woman. Congratulations!

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  21. Susan

    On page 30 of a recent Canadian Hello magazine, Ms Atwood is wearing a beautiful coat and scarf. Where does Ms Atwood get her lovely clothes?

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