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Writing is a deep-sea dive

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Dave Eggers in The Guardian:

Writing is a deep-sea dive. You need hours just to get into it: down, down, down. If you’re called back to the surface every couple of minutes by an email, you can’t ever get back down. I have a great friend who became a Twitterer and he says he hasn’t written anything for a year.”

This is a great interview. Eggers is a real hero of mine.

Update update

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In an effort to get the backlog posted I won’t be lovingly hand-crafting interesting links throughout the next few sets of reviews. They will be illustrated and tagged, but frankly that’s all I have time for at the moment. That is all.

Papyrus

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Tom at Ornery World notices something awry in the world of Avatar:

Not only are the subtitles not in a sensible, unobtrusive font so you can read them and get back to the movie, they are in The Teenage Witch’s Choice of fonts, Papyrus!

Murdoch’s flagship paper steals from blogger

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And not just any blogger. Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright’s moving memorial to Edward Woodward was lifted without so much as a by-your-leave by The Times for it’s obituary page:

They just lifted it from my blog without asking?…?I’m not talking about quotes. Am talking about the entire article. But with edits they made that make me look ill informed and unfeeling.

And if Rupert Murdoch had his way, Edgar would have had to pay to find out he’d been robbed. [HT to @edgarwright on Twitter]