Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bookstore Exploitation!

I really enjoyed the article ‘Textbook Affordability Act Passes First Term in Salem.’ For too long, people have just shrugged the shoulders and accepted the exploitation of the school bookstores that sell pamphlets for 100 bucks which are then not … Continue reading

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Epic Interview With David Lau

Poet, essayist and film-maker David Lau, the coeditor of Lana Turner: A Magazine of Poetry and Opinion visted Southern Oregon University on May 19 for a series of readings and informal visits with students. Lau writes what could be called … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card

This post doesn’t really have anything to do with the class, but it does have to do with writers. Sort of. This weekend, I was reading a collection of short stories by Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender’s Game, … Continue reading

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Who Needs Newspapers?

Ashlanders Paul Steinle and Sara Brown are on a literary pilgrimage to answer the question Who Needs Newspapers? They have journalistic backgrounds—Sara was vice president of human resources at The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington and manager of organization development at … Continue reading

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Paper idea and research

The idea of literary censorship interests me. I didn’t really give it a second thought until recently, however. Sometime over the course of my studies at SOU, I had a professor who had recommended Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. I … Continue reading

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Interview with Tod Davies on Publishing

Tod Davies, the publisher at Exterminating Angel Press, has been kind enough to answer all my questions about the nitty gritty of the publishing business. These questions cover the basic elements and helped my find out what it was that … Continue reading

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Research Project Update and Reading Response

For this blog entry, I offer an update on my research project report and my response to the OSPIRG article regarding HB 2963 and the villainy of textbook publishers.  Previously, I believe I stated that I would in my research … Continue reading

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Espresso Book Machine

Book production has evolved from wood blocks to Gutenberg’s movable type to linotype, monotype, offset printing, laser printing and even inkless printing. Will the next phrase involve the Espresso Book Machine? I’d like to see one of these in Ashland. … Continue reading

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Quality Control in an eWorld

The possible benefits of self-publishing an ebook make the “writer” part of me do a double-take and reconsider the whole idea of self-publishing. However, the idea makes the “reader” part of me—a much larger part—worry. Through the course of this … Continue reading

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Censorship by business model

It is safe to assume that rock is dead. Don’t believe me?  Just tune your radio in on KZZE or “The Rogue,” which plays outside the norm bands like Nickelback and Linkin Park.  Even better, they have been playing a … Continue reading

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