8 Great Literary, Book Nerd, and Storytelling Podcasts

Intriguing! 😊👍

Andrea Reads America

I am a huge fan of the podcast medium. I listen while I clean, while I walk, while I cook, while I dress after my shower. I do not subscribe to print periodicals that run book reviews, I am not a librarian, and I no longer work in a book store, but I am a reader who is interested in what’s going on in the book world, in reading culture, and who loves a well-told story. With limited time to consume print media, but with ample time to listen, I have become an avid fan of podcasts, and my hungry mind devours the bookish and storytelling podcasts below. These shows provide the literary fix I need as a word nerd. I plan special walks or add extra chores to my list when any of these drop new episodes. I hope you enjoy them, too.

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast icon on iTunesThe New…

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Something from a major #WIP. #SAM.

“아이폰의 롤링 샘”입니다.” Cecilia called out.
– The iPhone’s rolling Sam.

Sam stood at the bottom of the stairs, when a helical spring of a toy, “Slinky” came travelling down the steps.

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Pause, why the video capture? Sam had this idea, it was a trick with the stretchy, bouncy Slinky, and Cecilia capturing it on her iPhone. Using Vine, a micro video-sharing app of about six seconds or more recording, owned by Twitter.

Evidently, everyone knows that the Slinky can travel down the steps, bouncing its way down in a periodical motion like it were somersaulting from one step to the next. But Sam had something new to demonstrate here. So, here the Slinky was travelling down the steps towards Sam, and when it reached halfway, Sam’s head began to shrink.

Like compress, reduce to a small deflating balloon. Like Beetlejuice’s head shrunk after angering a dead witch doctor.

But once the Slinky travelled through Sam’s head and over its neck, Sam de-shrunk back. With the Slinky now around its neck like brass coil rings worn by Northern Thailand Kayan women-termed as “long necks” or the “giraffe women”.

It lasted for a quick few seconds, but it was excitingly creative Cecilia thought. Even if she uploaded-which she was, and scored a several viral hits, she was going to term the video as CGI render. That way, Sam’s existence was intact, for now. It made sense, considering she was a graphics, game designer.

This was also the first time Sam was introduced to the springs to fame, Slinky. Sam’s memory storage bounced the thought of Jim Varney’s Slinky Dog of Toy Story.

Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

This is #intriguing. 😊👍

The WordPress.com Blog

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

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On Writing Strong Female Characters (Make Them Human)

Intriguing post.

Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks

harkavagrant Couldn’t resist. Copyright Kate Beaton at Hark! A Vagrant.

I have a lot of thoughts about how to write strong female characters, but first I wanted to address the idea of “strong.” For female characters, strength tends to be equated with physical prowess. Think of “strong female characters”, and most people will immediately list the Buffys and the Xenas, because they are warrior women with superior fighting skills. But in creating strong female characters, it’s also important to look beyond the physical. The Sansa Starks of fiction are not any less strong than the Arya Starks just because they can’t pick up a sword and slay their enemies. There are the Felicity Smoaks of the world who find strength in their intelligence, and the Cersei Lannisters who use manipulation and cunning to drive their enemies to their knees.

To quote Neil Gaiman on this subject:

The glory of Buffy is…

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