Linkblogging for 11/10/12

I’ve got several posts planned for the next few days — a post about Shada for the Mindless Ones, a review of the new Faction Paradox collection and a post about the album Surf’s Up. But right now I’m working on some ideas for short stories for something I’ve been asked to submit to which has a fast approaching deadline, so you get links.

Abhay on comics written as TV pitches

The Humble eBook Bundle — a collection of DRM-free SF/F ebooks, mostly by fairly well-known people, though not all to my personal taste, available for however much you choose to pay. The money gets split between the authors and various writing- and free-speech related organisations. Interesting to see the breakdown of who paid what by operating system — GNU/Linux people actually pay nearly 20% more than the average.

Leonard Pierce on the American attitude to money

Mike Taylor looks at Paul Simon’s first solo album

Debi reviews Arrow, the new Green Arrow TV series

And a lovely little letter from a nine-year-old Samuel Barber to his mother

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7 Responses to Linkblogging for 11/10/12

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Thanks for the link to the Paul Simon review. Writing it — and especially seeing it drop into the void, having elicited not a single comment — has given me a new respect for your resilience in continuing to push these things out. I had sort of planned to write about all eleven, but given the thundering silence in response to the first, I don’t see that happening!

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      In my case I only didn’t comment because I don’t have much to add. I’d certainly be interested in more. But yes, the amount of time one spends on a post like that compared to the reward one gets in feedback is fairly huge, and I can see that being disheartening when your posts are generally so popular.

      • Mike Taylor says:

        Yes, the contrast is particularly striking when comparing with the most recent post at my other blog: Counting Beans (written by my co-blogger Matt Wedel) is 85 words long, but has generated 32 comments so far, many of them into the hundreds of words. For me, half the value of posting is catalysing discussion of stuff that I care about. In the absence of that … meh.

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          Yeah. One thing I’ve really missed recently is that because of my health I’ve not had as much time to get involved in the discussions on the posts I write as I’d like (basically I have time and energy to write or comment but not both) and it’s made blogging a lot less fun for me as a result.

    • TAD says:

      I think you’re a little too dismissive of Art Garfunkel. True, he’s never been a songwriter (until recently, anyway), but he was a brilliant singer and his high harmonies and vocals gave Simon’s songs a magic (and commerciality) they never would have had, otherwise. And Art’s outgoing personality and stage presence perfectly complimented Paul Simon’s shyer demeanor. They were a great team, both bringing strengths to the partnership that the other lacked. That said, I enjoyed your review! :)

      • Mike Taylor says:

        You’re probably right that I was a little harsh. There is certainly a very distinctive S&G sound which (obviously) Paul Simon alone never replicated. But I think that’s both a blessing and a curse. My sense is that by the end of S&G, they were in danger of getting locked into a pattern, which the breakup prevented from becoming a progressive ossification. I think we can all agree that the Beatles and Pink Floyd breakups were unambiguously bad things; but the S&G breakup was at the very least neutral, and I would argue a net win.

        With all that said, there’s no question that Garfunkel owns Bridge Over Troubled Water. I’ve heard Simon sing it, and he’s good, but it’s no substitute for the real thing.

  2. TAD says:

    Yeah, I’ve heard Paul’s live solo versions of Bridge Over Troubled Water. They’re not bad obviously,but minus Art’s dramatic voice, the song loses a lot. I’m not a big fan of Art’s solo career either, although I do like his recent “Everything Waits to be Noticed” album, where he co-wrote about half the songs. He’s also sharing vocals with 2 other singers on the album, and it’s probably the most S&Gish solo album he’s made. His high harmony cant help but recall Simon & Garfunkel.

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