Monday, August 9, 2010

Around the web in 5 minutes

Nifty stuffs on the interwebs:
  • Open Yale courses. Free videos of lectures plus downloads of blackboard notes, exams, etc - allowing you to essentially audit Yale courses for free! I've been watching one on Game Theory to satisfy the econ nerd within, but once I get the books from the library, I'm looking forward to this one on The American Novel Since 1945.
  • OpenCulture is a source for both those courses (and many more) and also free audio books, plus links to free classic films and movies. I usually read my online books at The Gutenberg Project, but it's awesome that there's so much out there!
  • Pippi Longstocking was my childhood heroine (although I also loved the Emil books, also by Astrid Lindgren). In fact, if I were to ever get a tattoo? It might be of the girl with the iconic upturned braids. The New York Times highlights an interesting Pippi Longstocking/tattoo connection - the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson was originally created as the grown-up Pippi Longstocking. Check out the NYT article here.
  • I think the Amazon Breakout Novel Contest is a fascinating thing, and I liked this article about their 2010 winner - who was rejected by 54 agents.
  • The novella isn't dead. In case you were wondering.


KM said...

Thanks for the links! And THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a grown-up Pippi?! Whoa!

Old Kitty said...

Thanks for the links - especially the Pippi/Girl with the Dragon Tattoo article! LOL!! Amazing.

Oh and I love the story of James King!! I love his journey into final publication - what a story - it's one that I find totally inspiring.

Take care

Shelley Sly said...

Great links! Good to know what's going on with novellas, and the Pippi Longstocking article is interesting!

Jen said...

Love the links!!! Your rock Guinevere!

notesfromnadir said...

Cool, thanks for the links. I like that last 1 about the novella. Glad to know it's still around & kicking!