New Author Q&A’s: Dan Chaon, Bethanne Patrick, Julianna Baggott, etc.

I’ve been running a literary Q&A series over at Identity Theory. Here are some highlights:

Dan Chaon wants to be an assassin.

Nick Antosca’s favorite sentence is from Salter.

Julianna Baggott calls writing “the daily practice of empathy.”

Bethanne Patrick explains how literature reminds us of our common humanity.

Michelle Haimoff says “the point of writing is to make the controversial beautiful.”

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New on Identity Theory: “Election,” Amazon Debate, Best Unread Books of 2011 & More

Over at Identity Theory we posted a fiction piece by Bezalel Stern called “Election.” It feels like a parable.

We also have an essay Read more ›

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7 Essential HTML5 Web Development Tips and Resources

HTML5, the Flash-killing web language of the future, won’t be set in stone until the W3C finalizes its specs in 2014, but it’s already been making an impact on the Web and in mobile devices for the past couple of years.

The following links provide helpful information on getting a start in HTML5 web development, from the history of HTML, to the basics of setting up a HTML5 site, to more advanced resources for the rapid deployment of websites that make full use of the possibilities of the language. Read more ›

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Switched to WordPress Default Theme

I switched this blog to the default WordPress.org Twenty Eleven theme. Reasons include:

1. I want to update this blog more often.

2. I developed ill will toward the old design.

3. I want to learn how to expand and optimize the theme most popular among WordPress bloggers.

4. It looks better.

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For the Record: Asheville

I relocated from Burlington, VT to Asheville, NC this month. Asheville is nearly twice as populated and receives on average 68 fewer inches of snow in the winter. Neither of those facts caused me to move here.

So far, my favorite places in the city include Malaprop’s Bookstore, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and the Battery Park Book Exchange.

I am renting a house, in the south part of town, from a young lady who owns four cats but as far as I can ascertain is not crazy.

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“The point is to write as much as you know as quickly as possible.”

I am reading And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields. Finished Cat’s Cradle over Thanksgiving. So Vonnegut is on the brain. He said, in defending the straightforward writing style he developed during his brief career as a PR man and journalist, “The point is to write as much as you know as quickly as possible.”

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Clients in the News: AALV in the NY Times, Highlow Project on VPR

A recent NY Times article on refugee farming highlighted a couple of my web clients, the Association of Africans Living in Vermont and ISED Solutions, for their work in that aspect of refugee resettlement.

Also, photographer Ned Castle has been featured in the press for the second phase of his Highlow Project, including this interview with Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm.

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September 11th Memorial Cow

Fake cow covered in news clippings from September 11th

This is a real thing that somebody made for a contest. A September 11th…cow. I encountered it at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs during my last trip to Ohio in 2004.

The memorable piece of fine art came up in conversation again today not because of Osama bin Laden’s recent death but because I announced on Facebook my plans for a Memorial Day visit to Ohio.

Somehow I doubt the cow will still be there, but I hope he feels redeemed by the developments in Pakistan.

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"Still Untitled" is the blog of Matt Borondy, a Las Vegas-based web developer who edits the online lit/culture magazine Identity Theory and helps organizations (mostly nonprofits) lead better digital lives.

To catch up with him and/or request his web consulting services, email matt@borondy.com.