Archive for the ‘books/literature’ Category

Choose Your Own Adventure (After Weighing All Possible Outcomes!)

March 8, 2008
CYOA

Created by Sean Ragan, the above graph illustrates the structure of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. As a child who was completely enamored by books which encouraged participation (here’s lookin’ at you, Encyclopedia Brown), I was pretty excited to see one of the CYOA books from an analytical perspective. Turns out, it was far less complex than my 10-year-old self might have imagined. Still pretty awesome, however. (Link, via BoingBoing)

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Timothy McSweeney’s Complimentary Razorbook

February 27, 2008
McSweeney’s

Well this is exciting.  Yesterday I received an email from McSweeney’s that contained an offer for a free copy of their upcoming book, Arkansas, in exchange for a short review that is to be published on their website and newsletter.  HECK YES, I say.  I had already been looking forward to the book, considering the dearth of Natural State-related lit, but getting it for free certainly launches it to the top of my reading list.  And thanks to the wonders of the internet, I’ll be receiving the book in my mailbox before the end of the week.  Finally, a little payoff for living in a cultural wasteland!  Now how fucking awesome is that?