Hollywood Sleuth

Hollywood Sleuth HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Kellye Garrett is that wonderful debut novel that brings an insider’s insight channeled through the voice of a fresh and breezy narrator. We meet our protagonist, Dayna Anderson, a washed-up actress at age 26, as she blusters and bluffs her way through a Twin Peaks bikini barista interview. We find […]

How YouTube Blew It

How YouTube Blew It IN OUR TECH-DRIVEN WORLD, companies like Apple, Facebook, Alphabet (formerly Google), and Amazon have a lock on tech development, but they consistently fail to develop culture in ways that are innovative and sustainable. Exhibit A is Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer and co-author of Streampunks, a co-written history of YouTube, telling […]

The Book as Technology

The Book as Technology WHEN WE THINK of reading, we think of scrolling, clicking, and pushing screens, seeing these as replacements for the analog method of turning, flipping, and folding pages. But the book, made through mechanical processes, engineered as an appliance for leisure and instruction, can also be seen as a machine, a tool […]

Francine Prose’s Problem

Francine Prose’s Problem CERTAIN PEOPLE are ill read, and maybe they need a brown savior to tell them how to read. This is the conclusion I have come to after looking at this non-controversy boiled up by writer Francine Prose — on Facebook, of course, where perhaps one should let non-controversies lie. But I cannot. […]