October 24, 2013
wordsarelife.com — It pays to advertise
Long story short: last evening I was lying comfortably on my couch, with Gray Cat napping and twitching on my stomach in a kitty heaven dream of mice and pursuit (or so I like to imagine, anyway), reading the day's New York Times (it's the final real world connection to my once omnivorous (six daily newspapers delivered to my house) dead tree media addiction, all the others — the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Charlottesville Daily Progress — having been discontinuted over the past couple years, when, upon turning page A8 of the front section I encountered a completely blank (except for "The New York Times, Wednesday, October 23, 2013" and "A9" at the very top) page, which immediately made me think the Times had simply had a bad day at the printing press, which impression was reinforced by turning A9 and encountering a similar situation on A10, with A11 being the usual and customary Times, except for one thing: at the bottom of A10 was this:
so I could hardly not put that into my computer after finishing the front section of the paper and getting up to stretch, with just a bit of guilt since Gray Cat was continuing to slumber and I really do not like to disturb her when she is sleeping, but I did it nevertheless and so upon entering the virtual world and putting wordsarelife.com into the place you put a website URL, I got what you got if you clicked on it, namely a full screen picture showing a YouTube trailer (top) for a movie opening November 15, 2013 called "The Book Thief," which at the time I looked at it (9:44 p.m. last evening) had received 689 views, something I find astonishing if indeed that same blank two pages with the URL had appeared in the day's New York Times print copies, but hey, I guess maybe "It pays to advertise" needs to be updated to "You'll pay a LOT to advertise in the New York Times but you won't get a whole lot of bang for your buck if you measure it by visits to your movie trailer from the URL in a dead tree format," so you'll just have to draw your own conclusions, I guess, though it's fair to say that I did indeed succeed in using just one sentence for this entire post, something I set out for myself as a challenge when I began it just to see if I could do it, creating boundaries oftimes — at least for me — leading to interesting outcomes that woudn't have occurred absent the constraints.
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Agree with Joe Peach, tactile rules. E.g., today's ink drawing on what looks to be handmade kraft paper, which I imagine is very beautiful in its actual form.
Posted by: Marianne | Oct 24, 2013 10:54:16 PM
"And go for the old-fashioned paper version because it includes
drawings which don't render as well on a Kindle."
There is nothing I can add to this astute observation.
I so enjoy my IPad and my friends Kindle but, a book is personal,
would you want your friend to be digital? (don't answer that ;-)
Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 24, 2013 6:02:10 PM
If you haven't read the book...you need to. It's remarkable. And go for the old-fashioned paper version because it includes drawings which don't render as well on a Kindle.
Posted by: Book Thief | Oct 24, 2013 12:20:05 PM
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