The depressing enterprise of writing a novel is exposed by this hilarious book of Tweets

Jul 20, 2014 By Abraham 0

Thousands of us are or have been aspiring novelists. And for most of us, it never went beyond that. Because, as exciting as being a writer seems like it would be…it turns out you actually have to write.

In a funny expose of how bleak that process is, Corey Arcangel has “written” a book called Working on My Novel.

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Except he didn’t really write anything.

The book is comprised entirely of numerous Tweets that use his titular phrase — Working on my novel.

It is at once hilarious and depressing as we both feel bad for these unlikely authors while at the same time totally seeing ourselves in them…

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Bill Gates talks about his favorite business book ever…and it actually sounds like a fun read

Jul 15, 2014 By Abraham 0

In the late 60′s, John Brooks compiled 12 stories he wrote for The New Yorker into a book titled Business Adventures. In the articles, he turned his attention toward Wall Street but with the eye of a novelist.

In this clip, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and more talk about the book and why they love it…

Instead of begging, homeless man reviews books on the street and sells them (but not to kids)

Jun 20, 2014 By Abraham 4

Philani is a homeless man in his mid-twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many people in his situation simply stand at corners begging. And that can sometimes meet basic needs…but it certainly doesn’t set a person apart or motivate people walking or driving by to donate.

But Philani does it differently. Every day he takes his ever-changing library to a different corner and sets up a sort of impromptu literary discussion group and bookshop.

Homeless Bookworm

For anyone interested, he will review his books…which he has read all of…and then you can buy one from him. In this way, he raises money for himself and his homeless friends as well as spreading happiness. He says…

Reading is not harmful. There’s no such thing as harmful knowledge. This thing is only going to make you a better person.

(via Reddit, SA People)

And if he has a kids book you’re interested in, it’s free, so that you can give it to a child. Because…

They can still take this reading thing and turn it into their habit, their life-long habit.

Kids visit nihilistic art show in hilarious parody of vintage children’s books [9 pics]

Jun 19, 2014 By Abraham 1

What if a couple of 1950′s children went to the art museum with mom and the story was told in a book for emerging readers, so they could learn a bit about art as they practice their reading and learn new vocab?

That sort of book could definitely exist. It probably already does somewhere.

But what if the museum mom and kids went to featured modern art and the particular exhibit was a nihilistic look at god, death, and the meaning of nothingness?

Fortunately that book exists, too — We Go to the Gallery by artist and comedian Miriam Elia.

Here are some sample pages…

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Stephen King didn’t get paid for “The Shawshank Redemption”…because he used the check for a joke

May 27, 2014 By Abraham 1

When The Shawshank Redemption came out in 1994, it was not an immediate smash hit. Its legendary status came with time. And even the movie’s creators couldn’t have predicted it.

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Years before, when the movie was simply an idea, the influence and prominence that it would achieve was all but unimaginable to the then-unknown filmmaker Frank Darabont — who would later direct the movie — and Stephen King, whose book the movie was based on. Their unawareness of the story’s cinematic potential is hinted at by the fact that King optioned the movie rights to Darabont for a mere $5,000.

Stephen King and Frank Darabont

Or maybe King knew exactly what he was doing…

The uber-famous author has a history of offering the rights to his books to aspiring, unknown filmmakers for a pittance, so perhaps he had some inkling that The Shawshank Redemption would be a massive hit and simply chose to not get rich from it.

His lack of interest in making money from the project was later proven by a package he sent to Darabont.

It turns out he didn’t even cash the $5,000 check that Darabont had given him in 1987. Instead, years later after the movie came out and was a huge success, King framed it and sent it back to Darabont with a note…

In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.