Now that Posterous is heading the way of the Great Auk, I’m making the move to Tumblr.
Wool and Woot! I contributed a piece on Hugh Howey’s WOOL to this month’s Slate Book Review. The story of how WOOL evolved from being a self-published short story into a literary phenomenon is fascinating, and I think it’s a real inflection point for creativity, technology and publishing. It’s also yet another look at the power of fandom — and the lovely, complicated, and potentially vexing relationship between creators and fans. In other words: writing this piece felt like coming home.
Catching up: here’s a piece I wrote on women and Pinterest for the most recent issue of Bitch magazine.
I found writing this article particularly illuminating because all the data out there shows that women dominate online, and yet we tend to only see them in conventionally gendered spaces. It’s a frustrating state of affairs in many ways. I also used Pinterest as my online research hub for this piece, which was an interesting exercise because Pinterest is good at collection and lousy at organizing, abundant with visuals and skimpy on text. I continue to be fascinated by the evolution of the platform, and I’m fairly sure we’ll see much more marketing activity on it 2013.
While I was writing, I conducted a small experiment to see if I could find and pin all the posters I had up on my wall as a teenager. Between my memory and the internetz, I managed to come up with a bunch. Interesting to think about what I was waking up to every day, how I was defining myself visually, and how things have changed (or haven’t).