books http://wnpr.org en Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune http://wnpr.org/post/unknown-authors-make-living-self-publishing Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.<p>"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."<p>Weinberg says there is still a strong financial case to be made for publishing books the old-fashioned way, but there are now many well-known independent au Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:11 +0000 editor 25890 at http://wnpr.org Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune The Nose is Getting Weird (Al) http://wnpr.org/post/nose-getting-weird-al <p></p><p>Breathes there a man with soul so dead that he has never written a song parody?</p><p>Everybody does right? They get passed around on the schoolyard from the time we're little. Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, etc.</p><p>And, you might knock one out for a co-workers retirement party.</p><p>And, the internet is one big old song parody farm. In between last week's Nose on which we talked about a really terrible Comcast users service call and now, somebody on YouTube has set that call to music. &nbsp;No kidding.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25858 at http://wnpr.org The Nose is Getting Weird (Al) 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People http://wnpr.org/post/trans-bodies-trans-selves-modern-manual-and-trans-people The growing number of people who identify as transgender is raising a lot of interesting and complicated questions about gender identity.<p>The new book <em>Trans Bodies, Trans Selves</em> is a collection of essays describing the varied experiences of transgender people — and the social, political and medical issues they face. It's written by and for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.<p>The idea was inspired by the groundbreaking 1970s feminist health manual <em>Our Bodies, Ourselves</em>.<p>That book "was put together ... by a group of women who ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:33:00 +0000 editor 25465 at http://wnpr.org 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime" http://wnpr.org/post/philippe-petits-perfect-crime <p>Philippe Petit made his walk between the towers of the World Trade Center 40 years ago. He stayed up on that wire for 45 minutes, made 8 passes between the towers, got down on his knees, and he even laid down on it! But it's more than that one feat - it was a placeholder for a much broader philosophy of risk and creativity, and evidence of who the man really is. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21837 at http://wnpr.org Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime" Sumptuous Silence Transcription http://wnpr.org/post/sumptuous-silence-transcription <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:56:34 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24584 at http://wnpr.org Sumptuous Silence Transcription The Book Show: June 26, 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/book-show-june-26-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faith's motto on </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Book Show</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is: Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.</span></p><p>Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:21:04 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24322 at http://wnpr.org The Book Show: June 26, 2014 The Scramble Is Proud of June Thomas http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-proud-june-thomas <p>On Monday, we do The Scramble. And on the Scramble, we always start with a SuperGuest, which means that in defiance of public radio logic, we pick the person first and then figure out what the topics will be.&nbsp;</p><p>This week we started with June Thomas, one of my favorite Slate.com writers and talkers, and someone I assumed would want to riff at least a little bit about pop culture. Instead, her top two choices are Gay Pride month and dentistry.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:26:40 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 24099 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Is Proud of June Thomas The Nose Is Live From the Yale Writers' Conference http://wnpr.org/post/nose-live-yale-writers-conference <p></p><p>Jeff VanderMeer is one of the hottest writers in the science fiction and fantasy genre. MG Lord is a humorist and recovering political cartoonist who has written books about Elizabeth Taylor and Barbie. Louis Bayard writes historical fiction who specializes in detective novels, but his new book features Teddy Roosevelt stalking a mysterious beast through the Amazon. That's the river and jungle, not the book dealer. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:41:48 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23985 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Is Live From the Yale Writers' Conference Pencils: What's the Point? http://wnpr.org/post/pencils-whats-point <p>Why pencils? Here's an answer from <a href="http://www.PencilRevolution.com" target="_blank">PencilRevolution.com</a>, one of the many pencil blogs and websites we uncovered while prepping for this show: "The first and best reason to use pencils is because you like them, and enjoy writing, drawing with them. Because you feel better connected to the paper you're writing on (or the wall, etc.), and the earth, from which the clay, the graphite, and the wood all came. Because they smell good. Because sharpening them can be sort of a meditative process. Because you can chew on them. Or for reasons we can't explain." Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:06:34 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 23842 at http://wnpr.org Pencils: What's the Point? The Scramble: Henry Alford on Garrison Keillor, Cash Frenzies, and Reworking the Reservation http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-henry-alford-garrison-keillor-cash-frenzies-and-reworking-reservation <p>Henry Alford is a very funny writer. I've been laughing at his writing since about 1990, when he erupted in Spy Magazine, with hilarious speculative pieces like, "What If The Pope Were A Dog?"</p><p>Not long ago, he was asked to review a collection by another funny writer, Garrison Keillor. He did it, keenly aware that many people who find him funny are the kinds of people who find Keillor tiresome. And, maybe a bigger problem, Keillor had written some columns about gays and atheists that riled up not just Alford's fans, but people he knows pretty well. So what's a critic to do? Alford actually admired some things about the book, and said so. There was pushback. We'll talk about that today on The Scramble. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:49:18 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23708 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Henry Alford on Garrison Keillor, Cash Frenzies, and Reworking the Reservation Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World http://wnpr.org/post/hillary-clinton-i-helped-restore-us-leadership-world To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, <em>Hard Choices,</em> isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.<p>She still hasn't made up her mind about another run for the presidency, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/320386798/clinton-sought-tougher-deal-but-wont-second-guess-bergdahl-swap">she told Renee Montagne</a>, co-host of NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Frank James 23345 at http://wnpr.org Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World The Scramble: Freakonomics, Tony Awards, and Rock Cats in Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-freakonomics-tony-awards-and-rock-cats-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Freakonomics</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> god Stephen </span>Dubner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is our </span>SuperGuest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for today's Scramble, and he talks about how to think more rationally and creatively, the upside of quitting, and the latest studies on happiness.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then, we chat with sports economist Andrew </span>Zimbalist<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>WNPR's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> capital region reporter Jeff Cohen, on the value of publicly-funded sports arenas. What's the status on the possible building of a baseball stadium in Hartford? Is it a done deal? What else have we learned and expect to understand about what a business like that may do to the city?</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:20:46 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23290 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Freakonomics, Tony Awards, and Rock Cats in Hartford Dan Brown on Overpopulation, God, and Global Warming http://wnpr.org/post/dan-brown-overpopulation-god-and-global-warming <p>Dan Brown does a lot of complicated historical research for his novels like <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and <em>The Lost Symbol. S</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ometimes, a simple raw number just jumps out at him, and onto the page.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"A couple years ago," </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he told me on WNPR's&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-dan-brown-charles-w-morgan-sets-sail-history-ham-radio" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Where We Live</a>, "</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I heard a statistic that just </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sort of</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;floored me: In the last 80 years, the population on the planet Earth has tripled. I thought, 'That can't be right.'"</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:01:50 +0000 John Dankosky 23124 at http://wnpr.org Dan Brown on Overpopulation, God, and Global Warming Children's Book Authors, Illustrators Visit Newtown http://wnpr.org/post/childrens-book-authors-illustrators-visit-newtown <p>Some of America's favorite children’s book authors will visit Newtown this weekend including the creators of <em>Diary of A Wimpy Kid</em>, <em>Ella Enchanted, </em>and <em>The Spiderwick Chronicles</em>. They’ll go to schools and talk with students on Friday and participate Saturday in panels and workshops.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:01:07 +0000 Diane Orson 23123 at http://wnpr.org Children's Book Authors, Illustrators Visit Newtown The Art and Power of Poetry http://wnpr.org/post/art-and-power-poetry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the great poet Maya Angelou died last Wednesday, we learned about it during a conversation about the death penalty.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe you learned about it while reading about deadly violence in Ukraine, or the search for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her death was sad news, to be sure. We don’t think we're the only ones who felt forced to step back from the news and consider the beauty and power of words. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, in memory of Maya Angelou’s spirit, we welcome a group of Connecticut poets into our studio to read their work and try to measure the art and power of poetry.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22891 at http://wnpr.org The Art and Power of Poetry Every Day I Write the Book: Luanne Rice and David Handler http://wnpr.org/post/every-day-i-write-book-luanne-rice-and-david-handler <p>Luanne Rice has written 31 novels, five of which have been made into movies or mini-series. Her work has been featured in playhouses across the country, including Connecticut's own Hartford Stage. Her latest book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Lemon-Orchard-Luanne-Rice/dp/0670025275" target="_blank"><em>The Lemon Orchard</em></a>, uses her signature themes of family and loss to tackle the difficult path of illegal immigrants in America.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:41:05 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22726 at http://wnpr.org Every Day I Write the Book: Luanne Rice and David Handler The Book Show: May 29, 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/book-show-may-29-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faith's motto on </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/term/book-show" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Book Show</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is… Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.</span></p><p>Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:25:44 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 22725 at http://wnpr.org The Book Show: May 29, 2014 Geek Is Chic: How Comic Con Became a Pop Culture Phenomenon http://wnpr.org/post/geek-chic-how-comic-con-became-pop-culture-phenomenon <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">People who attend Comic Con and Star Trek conventions -- or nerds in general -- used to be the butt of jokes, including a </span><a href="https://screen.yahoo.com/star-trek-convention-000000768.html" style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">famous "Saturday Night Live" skit by William Shatner</a><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">, where he tells "Trekkers" to get a life.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="3">Now "fandom" is a huge industry. It generates&nbsp;<a href="http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/28561.html" target="_blank">more than $500 million</a> by one estimate, and is growing in both revenue and attendance.&nbsp;</font></font></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:30:57 +0000 Alan Yu, Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22645 at http://wnpr.org Geek Is Chic: How Comic Con Became a Pop Culture Phenomenon A Conversation With Joe Muto On FOX Holes, Gawker, and Media Machines http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-joe-muto-fox-holes-gawker-and-media-machines <p>On any given day, it's pretty easy to find all the ways in which modern media has substituted politicization for truth and/or serious reflection. Today, you could take the so-called Santa Barbara killing spree by Elliot Rodger. After the usual first round of back and forth sniping about the availability of weapons. Tue, 27 May 2014 15:11:20 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22574 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation With Joe Muto On FOX Holes, Gawker, and Media Machines The "World's Strongest Librarian" On Tourette Syndrome, Weightlifting, and Mormonism http://wnpr.org/post/worlds-strongest-librarian-tourette-syndrome-weightlifting-and-mormonism <p>The story of Josh Hanagarne isn't necessarily funny. He was born with Tourette Syndrome, a poorly understood neuropsychiatric disorder which inflicts on Josh a blizzard of tics, flinches, whoops and yelps.&nbsp; Most disconcertingly, he frequently hits himself in the face.</p><p>Josh's first refuge was books, and that led to a career as a librarian. His second refuge was playing the guitar, which somehow distracted his mind from the triggers producing the tics. And his third refuge was exercise, specifically strength and weight training.&nbsp; Mon, 26 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22348 at http://wnpr.org The "World's Strongest Librarian" On Tourette Syndrome, Weightlifting, and Mormonism The Nose is Wary of Marrying Harry http://wnpr.org/post/nose-wary-marrying-harry <p></p><p>Can the culture of one nation ever understand that of another? Critics say Fox's newest reality show in which 12 witless contestants believe their in a fight to the near death for the attention of England's Prince Harry. "I Wanna Marry Harry" is said to<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/05/20/i-wanna-marry-harry-cruel-prank-disguised-as-a-really-embarrassing-reality-show/" target="_blank"> represent a new low in reality television</a>.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:21:04 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22401 at http://wnpr.org The Nose is Wary of Marrying Harry A Conversation with Dan Brown; the Charles W. Morgan Sets Sail; the History of Ham Radio http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-dan-brown-charles-w-morgan-sets-sail-history-ham-radio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Dan Brown has written some of the biggest blockbuster books, from </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Da Vinci Code</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to his latest book</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">, Inferno</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s coming to Hartford next month to talk with John </span>Dankosky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the </span>Bushnell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This hour, he joins us for a preview of that conversation.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22386 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation with Dan Brown; the Charles W. Morgan Sets Sail; the History of Ham Radio Filling You In On the World of Taxidermy http://wnpr.org/post/filling-you-world-taxidermy <p>Taxidermy stops time. Creatures are born, they live they die, they decay into dust. But taxidermy catches the wolf or the woodpecker in the middle of the cycle and keeps it there. That's why there's something unsettling and a little creepy about taxidermy. Never forget, the most memorable taxidermist in cinema history was Norman Bates. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22136 at http://wnpr.org Filling You In On the World of Taxidermy The Book Show: May 15, 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/book-show-may-15-2014 <p></p><p><em>Today's show originally aired March 20, 2014</em>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faith's motto on </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/term/book-show" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Book Show</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is… Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.</span></p><p>Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:11:47 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 21900 at http://wnpr.org The Book Show: May 15, 2014 If You Give a Kid a Book They Want, They'll Read It http://wnpr.org/post/if-you-give-kid-book-they-want-theyll-read-it <p></p><p>The first children's room in a public library may have been in Hartford, Connecticut. The head librarian here, <a href="http://connecticuthistory.org/the-public-library-movement-caroline-hewins-makes-room-for-young-readers/">Caroline&nbsp;Hewins </a>was an early advocate for taking seriously the reading needs of children starting in the late 19th century. Prior to that children's lit wasn't really treated as a genre that could stand on its own two feet. &nbsp;</p><p>Today, of course, it's massive and diverse. Its themes range from light to darkness, its language may be mannered or naturalistic, its art may be glorious or crude. &nbsp;And, there really seems to be a readership for all those possibilities. But, some would say we need <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1913194">more diversity</a>.</p><p>Today on the show, we talk about children's books, first from the perspective of two authors and then with a scholar and a librarian.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:37:58 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 21818 at http://wnpr.org If You Give a Kid a Book They Want, They'll Read It New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorker-cartoon-editor-bob-mankoff <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;He wrote one of the greatest cartoon lines ever, a sentence that rocketed through the country like a speeding train: </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How about never—is never good for you?</em></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:58:34 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 21758 at http://wnpr.org New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff Navigating Our World: Maps to GPS http://wnpr.org/post/navigating-our-world-maps-gps <p>When friends say they're going to Paris I make them promise to get a Plan de&nbsp;Paris, &nbsp;which is a pocket-sized book of little maps and one big, huge fold-out map which you never use because it makes you look like a befuddled tourist and it's really hard to fold back into the little book. But the Arrondissement&nbsp;maps and Plan are essential. If you have them, you'll understand where you are and where you're going. If you don't, not so much. My point is this-it's just not true that we don't need or use maps anymore.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:12:08 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 21748 at http://wnpr.org Navigating Our World: Maps to GPS The Murder of Joseph Smith http://wnpr.org/post/murder-joseph-smith <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the religious version of recession food. Since the end of the Civil War, the Mormon membership numbers have grown every single year, and quite often they've grown at an astonishing pace. &nbsp;In the late 1970's and 80's, they added members at a rate of 5-6% a year. Today, their worldwide membership is around 15 million.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 21406 at http://wnpr.org The Murder of Joseph Smith The Book Show: May 1, 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/book-show-may-1-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faith's motto on </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/term/book-show" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Book Show</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is… Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.</span></p><p>Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:51:08 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 21110 at http://wnpr.org The Book Show: May 1, 2014 The Anatomy of a Villain http://wnpr.org/post/anatomy-villain <p>A couple of weeks ago, I was sick with the April flu, lying in bed in a New York apartment, and trying to distract myself by watching one of the film adaptations of "Nicholas Nickleby". I found myself repeatedly moved to tears, especially when anything good or kind happened. Okay, part of this was that I felt a little vulnerable, and may have over identified with poor tubercular Smike. But another part, I'm convinced, was the excitement generated by pure moral language, which you don't encounter so much in modern culture.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 20995 at http://wnpr.org The Anatomy of a Villain