by Campbell Geeslin
The publication of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, edited by Andrew Jewel and Janis Stout, could give writers something to think about. Long before she died in 1947, Cather made it clear that she did not want her letters made public—not ever. She asked recipients to burn them, but this book contains more than 500.
In today’s digital world we send e-mails, don’t we? What is happening to the flood of e-mails exchanged with family, friends and business folk? Will those messages just be swallowed up in invisible clouds of cryptic (LOL) initials? Do you care what happens to them? How long before super sleuths, for a small fee, offer to track down every e-mail you’ve ever sent or received?
Do yourself—and Cather—a favor. Get a copy of Death Comes to the Archbishop. That is what she wanted you to read. It’s imagined American history at its most transcendent and better than any letter. Even one from Cather herself.
This week’s round up of new and recent releases by Authors Guild members includes books by Bevin Alexander, Fran Baker, Dan Burns, Deborah Coonts, William Dietrich, Patrick A. Durantou, Thomas Fleming, P.L. Gaus, Lawrence Grobel, Carolyn Hart, Alan Huffman, Angela Hunt, LaQianya Huynh, Jonathan Kirsch, John Le Carré, Leslie Lehr, David Poyer, Cynthia Riggs, Mary S. Schaeffer, Joan Steinau Lester, Dennis Palumbo, Douglas Trevor, Martha White (Ed.), Lauren Willig, and Stuart Woods. See the list of titles after the jump.
File this one under behavioral science experiments. Also, file it under brilliant promotional stunts.
On Sunday Australian game developer Greenheart Games, run by brothers Patrick and Daniel Klug, released its first product, “Game Dev Tycoon.” It’s a computer game in which players pretend to be game developers of the 1980s, starting their businesses from their garages.
Just as Greenheart Games opened its virtual doors for business, Patrick Klug purposely released an unlocked version of Game Dev Tycoon on the “number one torrent sharing site” (Pirate Bay, which beat out KickassTorrents for the honors, according to TorrentFreak.). Here’s what Patrick posted:
This week’s contests include poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, with deadlines ranging from May 31 to June 3.
The sixteenth annual Boston Review Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication in the November/December 2013 issue of the Boston Review. Poets can submit up to five unpublished poems. Entry fee: $20. All submitters will receive a complimentary half-year subscription to the Boston Review. Deadline: June 3, 2013. For more information, visit the website.
The Bridport Prize is now accepting submissions for its poetry, short story, and flash fiction categories. The contest is open to all nationalities aged 16 and over. The winning story and poem will receive £5000 each (approx. $8,000); the winning flash fiction piece will receive £1,000 (approx. $1,600). Runners up will also receive cash prizes. The winning stories, poems and flash fiction will be also published in the Bridport Prize 2013 anthology. Entry fees rangers from £6 to £8 (approx.. $9 to $16). Deadline: May 31, 2013. For detailed information, please visit the website.
Update: Pirate Bay’s moved yet again! TorrentFreak reports today that when Swedish prosecutors moved to seize Pirate Bay’s Swedish (.SE) and Icelandic (.IS) domains, Pirate Bay swiftly migrated its virtual home to Sint Maarten, proprietor of the .SX top-level domain. Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Netherlands, comprises the southern half of the Caribbean island Saint Martin.
The Pirate Party, an Internet libertarian group, has been on the political map for a while, particularly in Europe. It has gained seats in state legislatures (in Germany) and, through a coalition, a senate seat in a national legislature (in the Czech Republic). It now claims its first national, directly elected representative, in the Icelandic parliament.
It’s been an especially big month for the piracy minded in Iceland. Last week, Iceland became the virtual home of file-sharing promoter Pirate Bay. Pirate Bay, no longer welcome in its home country of Sweden, had briefly moved its site from a Swedish domain (.SE) to Greenland-based domain (.GL). Greenland’s domain name host, however, quickly booted Pirate Bay, so it moved again, to Iceland (.IS). It seems to have found a more hospitable home there, at least for the moment. TorrentFreak reported last week that Iceland’s top-level domain name registrar had no plans to kick out Pirate Bay.
What does the Pirate Party’s parliamentary victory mean? Leo Mirani at Quartz, a business news site, thinks it means the Pirate Party will need to grow up:
…the Pirate Party will need to refine its ideology and find a balance between the ideal vision of online freedom it espouses and the unsavoury activities and people it can easily find itself associated with. That is a tricky line to walk, especially since it can’t pick its supporters and members.