Digital Book World is running an interview with Seth Godin, author of several best selling business books, including Unleashing the Ideavirus, The Bootstrapper’s Bible, Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars, Poke the Box, and more. Here’s a slice of the interview, where Godin advises writers to walk way from their financial expectations. Q. Many authors […]

For a Gentile, Scott Carrier knows a lot about Mormons, having lived most of his 50-plus years in Salt Lake City. Carrier’s new book is titled Prisoner of Zion, which interestingly is something he’s perfectly willing (and happy) to be. The place does have a magnetic pull, no question about it. His book of stories […]

My buddy DK was here in Portland for the holidays. While dining at Zeus Cafe, he suggested that we could collaborate on a novel based on our experiences touring with Grateful Dead in the 1980s and 1990s. I like the idea a lot, and think the addition of a writing partner for this project would […]

Are you suffering from Information Age blues? Drowning in data with no time or inclination to sort through it all? You are not alone. “The issue nowadays is to some extent the need for good filters, pushing away information after centuries of seeking it,” writes Quentin Hardy, Deputy Tech Editor of The New York Times. […]

Eugene Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch paid a visit to Ken Kesey’s mom, Geneva Jolley, who turned 95 two weeks ago. In the interview, Mrs. Jolley reflects on her son’s first two novels… “When the books came out, they were not red-letter days for me,” Geneva says. “They should have been. But I didn’t appreciate all […]

Two weeks ago in Boston, author and speaker David Meerman Scott came off the stage at DMA2011 to hand me a copy of the book he co-authored with Brian Halligan of HubSpot. Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History was my prize for being […]

The New York Times just introduced me to Jstor, a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. Jstor is in the news because Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old agitator for […]

Over the past few years, I have not been devouring books like I once did. Mainly, because I absorb and reshape so much online content on a day-to-day basis, that the idea of leisure time reading now seems other than leisurely to me. Which is lame. Thankfully, I fixed the lameness for a time this […]

I’ve been tossing around the idea that my writing, editing and publishing “isn’t about me, it’s about you,” for some time now, and I have to admit it’s a tricky concept to wrap my head around. The academic view is that writers, editors and publishers are people with something to say. But the definition is […]

I just read some devastatingly good advice from one writer to another. It concerns one writer’s jealous nature, as she witnesses her peers get the book deals that are not coming her way. I know it’s not easy being an artist. I know the gulf between creation and commerce is so tremendously wide that it’s […]

Amazon.com’s top 50 digital best-seller list featured 15 books priced at $5 or less last Wednesday afternoon. Louisville businessman John Locke, for example, a part-time thriller writer whose signature series features a former CIA assassin, claimed seven of those titles, all priced at 99 cents. According to The Wall Street Journal, as digital sales surge, […]

“Frankly, a writer should be a hero of consciousness.” -Jim Harrison In 1986, novelist and poet Jim Harrison entertained Jim Fergus, an interviewer from The Paris Review, at his Michigan farm over a period of five days. Harrison was busy bird hunting and preparing elaborate meals for his guests, but he made room to talk […]

The Paris Review is an amazing publication. And now that its interview archives are available for free on the web, it’s an astounding digital resource for writers and fans of literature. Would you like to hear about the craft of writing from the likes of William Carlos Williams, Evelyn Waugh, John Steinbeck, E.B. White, Vladimir […]

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” -Muriel Rukeyser Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly is the author or What Technology Wants, and several other books. To my knowledge he doesn’t call himself a futurist, but he is one, and one of the best. Writing on his blog, he images new futures for books that are […]

On Friday, Darby and I took a trip to Eugene to celebrate Ken Kesey Day. We looked at old photos and other artifacts including Kesey’s prison journal (he served six months for a marijuana bust). We attended a reading where University of Oregon scholars read passages from unpublished works by Kesey and finally we attended […]

Portland is home to several live storytelling events. There’s Mortified, BackFence PDX, Ignite Portland and Live Wire! Radio, to name a few. Last night, we attended the taping of Live Wire! episodes 144 and 145 at Alberta Rose Theatre, near our home in Northeast Portland. The guests included Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch, […]

I’m starting a new email newsletter for paid subscribers. No, I have not gone mad, I’m merely inspired to pursue various strategies that pay me to write, edit and publish. Why would you want to invite me into your inbox like this? And why would I bother to charge for the content and effort needed […]

New York Times columnist Frank Rich is leaving his long held post for another at New York Magazine. Rich says he wants to go long, that he no longer wants to feel the strain of shortening his thoughts to column length. Okay, but I’m more interested in what leads a man to write a column […]