Reluctant Habits

Spreecast “Mistakenly Deletes” Countless Videos from Users

Posted by in Preservation, Social Media, Spreecast, Streaming Video

Why did Spreecast prove so technically incompetent in backing up its videos? And what impact does this have for the users who lost hours of work?

Why the Block Button Encourages Fear and Threatens Community

Posted by in Block Button, Fear, Online Community, Twitter

This 2,000 word essay examines the problematic impact of the block button and asks why we haven’t learned valuable lessons from community moderation in learning how to get along.

Report from The Gary Shteyngart Roast

Posted by in shteyngart-gary

The dachshunds were denied a home on stage, but Gary Shteyngart was roasted with the heat of a thousand suns and the pain of a million overwrought metaphors.

Kim (Modern Library #78)

Posted by in Kim, kipling-rudyard, Modern Library, Reading

In the next thrilling Modern Library installment, our intrepid reader reads Kipling’s major novel and is troubled by the sour and regressive taint.

Remembering Lucille Bliss (1916-2012)

Posted by in bliss-lucille, Obits

The great Lucille Bliss has passed away. Here’s a story about how Smurfette helped me find my groove.

2012 National Book Awards: An Evening for Readers

Posted by in National Book Awards

In this vital dispatch from the National Book Awards, we report on the winners, the dancers, and the food.

Dave Eggers, National Book Award Finalist, Refuses to Answer About Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s Violent Assaults

Posted by in Eggers, Dave, National Book Awards, Zeitoun Foundation

In this report, we confront Dave Eggers about his silence concerning Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s attempted murder charges and he stays silent.

Review: Skyfall (2012)

Posted by in Film, James Bond

The new James Bond film is a sharp, thrilling, classy, and rich-looking installment announcing a confident trajectory for the Daniel Craig iteration of James Bond.

J. Robert Lennon (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon is most recently the author of Familiar. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #300. This conversation was recorded live at McNally Jackson on October 3, 2012. This is also the final episode of The Bat Segundo Show. Thank you for listening. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with five possible endings to his existence. Author: J. Robert Lennon. Subjects Discussed: Attempts to disseminate chocolate chip cookies in a bookstore, parallel universes, being confident in the rightness of not knowing, getting inside other people’s heads, how Elisa’s…read more

Chris Ware (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Comics, interview, ware-chris

In this 30 minute radio interview, cartoonist Chris Ware discusses Building Stories, cartooning as a singular art, and how an accusation of cliche from Ira Glass inspired a comic strip.

Benjamin Anastas (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in anastas-benjamin, Bat Segundo, interview

In this 45 minute radio interview, novelist Benjamin Anastas (author of TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE) discusses literary failure, money as the new stigma, existential symmetry, flea markets, and Muhammad Ali.