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Zaeden, meaning out-of-the-box thinking in Latin, is familiar name in the artistic circle. True to his non official name, Sahil Sharma excels in making out-of-the-box music. And it is this talent i

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Rapper Talib Kweli waxes poetic with n-word, debate ensues

http://twitter.com/#!/TalibKweli/status/212277285955444737

Ruh-roh.  Ignite the fires!

RT @chandlerwindham: Only an uncle Tom would call another brotha the N-word! You are no poet! (sit down speech nazi)

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 11, 2012

RT @chandlerwindham: Your dead grandmother likes sucking WHAT? (I can't say nigga but u can talk abt dead grandmothers? Ok troll)

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 11, 2012

As an artist I reserve the right to use any words I want and destroy the language if I choose whether it makes you feel comfortable or not.

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 11, 2012

Looks like the password for slur-swinging is ‘art’ (unless you’re white, a generally offensive status because slave masters are perched in the ole family tree).

But consistency is beside the point when the Twitter-sphere is dangerously ignorant of the Prison Industrial Complex:

@TalibKweli What you do is not art! What you are doing is selling your people into slavery via the prison industrial complex! Read fool!!!

— chandler windham (@chandlerwindham) June 11, 2012

When Mr. Windham isn’t blowing minds with obscure academic references, he is blowing holes through his professorial image:

@TalibKweli Take off my nephews sweater and sit your uncle-tom ass down! Fuck it, get me a hot-pocket hoe!

— chandler windham (@chandlerwindham) June 11, 2012

Mr. Kweli’s fan-followers were none too pleased–or to put it more artistically: they weren’t havin’ none o’dat:

@chandlerwindham @AishaThalia @TalibKweli the word hoe has contributed to the slandering of millions of women…ur no better

— Brother To The Night (@kuhle83) June 11, 2012

RT @chandlerwindham seems to be running a one man crusade against @TalibKweli with his vision of coonery. Not sure about his strategy…

— CoonShit.com (@CoonShit) June 11, 2012

Far be it for any non-black person to defend the n-word, but one brave soul was willing (however, unwilling to do so in 140 characters or less):

@TalibKweli @chandlerwindham Talib, stay doing what you're doing son. You are one of the most positive voices in OUR culture. Don't let some

— Joshua Garcia (@JPhXtheGr8) June 11, 2012

@TalibKweli @chandlerwindham … narrow minded outsider criticize you for making music that reflects the truth. And to this ignoramus, go…

— Joshua Garcia (@JPhXtheGr8) June 11, 2012

@TalibKweli @chandlerwindham … listen to something else instead of trying to pick apart the music that we love. It's OUR music. It's…

— Joshua Garcia (@JPhXtheGr8) June 11, 2012

@TalibKweli @chandlerwindham … clearly not for you. We eat, breathe, and live this Hip Hop. Don't disrespect one of the loves of our life.

— Joshua Garcia (@JPhXtheGr8) June 11, 2012

Mr. Windham’s ancestors call in back-ups:

@TalibKweli but first you are a black man. why would you use a word meant to oppress and denigrate your people?

— Chaka (@dreadymarley) June 11, 2012

And then there’s the token party pooper who tries to trump everyone with her maturity:

@TalibKweli I hate the "N-word" debate.

— Aiesha Jones (@Esha_Day) June 11, 2012

Buzz-kill FTW.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/11/rapper-talib-kweli-waxes-poetic-with-n-word-debate-ensues/

Introducing: OutLoud! Debut Album “Anything is Possible” Available Now!

Out Loud!

Artist: Out Loud

Location: Orange County, CA

Genre: Indie Rock

Bio: Orange County based OUT LOUD! is feel good music at its best. Formed just in December 2015, the band recently released its debut album entitled “Anything is Possible.” Indeed, the album is about life and it’s endless possibilities. At a time when people are growing more skeptical and jaded, this album offers inspiration and a positive outlook on the future.

The carrier single of the same title as the album, “Anything is Possible” is a band favorite specifically because it reminds us that the human spirit can’t be broken.

Out Loud! should appeal to fans of American Authors, Imagine Dragons, Giants of Industry, The Royal Concept, and Young Rising Sons– all of which are musical influences along with Keane, Bastille, The 1975 and the Strokes.

Front-man multi-instrumentalist and producer Keith Sorrels is a 20 year old artist with so much to offer. He writes his own songs, plays drums, guitar, piano, bass, viola, and sings. He is a classically trained pianist and violinist. He is also a producer/engineer working out of his own home music studio in Tustin, CA. His father, formerly a touring a musician, played a huge role in how Keith found his passion and hunger for music. At age 2, he got his hands on his first kit, and at age 3 his dad started teaching him piano. In addition to his passion for music, Keith is passionate about space phenomenon and space exploration, as well as his love for people, which has helped shape his larger than life, yet simple and intimate style of writing and production.

The debut album “Anything Is Possible” is filled with driving rhythms, catchy hooks and lyrics that inspire. An upcoming EP will echo the same sentiment and conviction. The world is in need of music like Out Loud’s. Keep’em coming!

Get to Know: Official site | Facebook | Bandcamp | Instagram

Meet Hip Hop Artist & Producer: Wes Kardigan

Wes Kardigan

Artist: Wes Kardigan

Genre: HipHop

Location: Chicago, IL

Bio: Wes Kardigan, born Tommie Smith, Jr., was raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. While being highly influenced by the likes of Common, Jay-Z, Ludacris, T.I., OutKast, Eminem and Lupe Fiasco to name a few, Wes spent most of his time concentrating on his craft as a Hip-Hop Songwriter/Artist & Producer.

Although, musically, being an artist is his #1 passion, some of his other goals include being able to develop artists, acting in major motion films, invest in property to be used to shelter the homeless, aid them in finding employment as well as establish after-school programs for the youth.

Currently, Wes Kardigan stays busy working his 9-5 job during the day while writing, producing, networking and performing at various venues during the night. Whether it is on the mic or behind the boards, with the ability to connect with different walks of life, Wes Kardigan is destined to capture the attention of all, from “record executives” to “record consumers”.


Get #Hustle on iTunes | Amazon

“Ah Yeah (She Needs Me) on Amazon

Get to Know: Official site | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | Instagram

 

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This Concert Violinist Played Throughout His Own Brain Surgery. That’s Right.

Roger Frisch is an acclaimed concert violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra. In 2009, he was diagnosed with “essential tremors,” an affliction that causes a brain’s movement control center to send abnormal signals. While the tremors were mild, it was affecting his ability to perform and could have ended his career. It could have, at least, until he played the most important concert of his life… in an operating room.

The tricky procedure involved implanting a tiny electrode in his brain which would allow him to regain control, but must be placed in precisely the right position. 

Frisch has been playing music since childhood, receiving his first lessons from his father: a longtime Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

In order to place the electrode in exactly the right spot, Frisch played throughout the surgery with a sensor on his bow showing doctors exactly when the tremor was occurring.

Luckily, patients are able to be awake during brain surgery without feeling any pain, and the operation was a success!

Frisch is now able to stifle his tremor at the flick of a switch that controls his stimulator.

Check out this one in a lifetime performance in action:

(via Daily Mail.)

That’s one show that definitely deserves a standing ovation. Wow.

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What This Mother Did To Reclaim Her Son Is Kinda Sorta A Little Bit Insane

Watching your children grow is simultaneously the hardest and most joyous thing about being a parent. But one mom seems to have reacted to her son’s changes in the most mom-like way possible.

As her son reached puberty, knitting fiend Marieke Voorluijs found that she didn’t get to cuddle her son nearly as much as she used to, since he seemed more interested in hanging with friends and listening to music. Being a professional knitter, she made herself a new son — one that doesn’t mind a squeeze every now and again.

Here is Marieke and a knitted representation of her child.

Her son is a tween now. He’s into punk rock and has become decidedly less huggable.

So like any sane person would do, she decided to knit herself a new child.

Her real son was in on the project. The two of them came up with it as a joke to acknowledge their changing relationship as he matures.

Joke or not, this photoshoot is inarguably strange.

Marieke has her own brand of knitting projects called ClubGeluk. Although they’re not always as overtly Freudian as her knitted son, the projects do share a similar flair for humor. Check them out!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/knit-son/

When You See Just How These Couples Met, You’ll Know Romance Isn’t Dead.

Everyone thinks the story of how they met their significant other is great and completely unique. Well, they happen to be right.

When you think about it, meeting someone you love, even if it’s temporary, is pretty incredible. There are billions of people on Planet Earth and you can find one that fits you perfectly. Whether you date online, in person or work together, meeting a special someone is pretty exciting. You’re beating the odds when you meet someone you truly love.

These people met in such unique ways, it’s hard to believe it really happened.

1.) Communication is everything–no matter how you communicate

Mary and Stephen Lindoff, married for more than 30 years, met when they were 9 and 8, respectively. They sat near one another in a school for the deaf in Montreal, Quebec. They parted ways, and would not meet again for over 20 years. Stephen was born completely deaf, and a bout of tuberculosis left him with minimal vision at the age of 6. Mary was also born deaf, and her vision began to deteriorate about 10 years ago, though it’s still better than her husband’s. Much of their communication, then, is based on touch, including tactile finger spelling. And because senses are heightened in the absence of others, Mary and Stephen’s sense of touch is extremely sensitive; though they’ve never heard one another’s voices and Stephen has never seen Mary’s face clearly, the couple knows everything about each other. And you know what else that means: “The sex is good,” Stephen told the Toronto Star.

2.) Love that can stand the test of time.

Bob Humphries, 89, and Bernie Bluett, 87, met and fell in love as teenagers, but had to part ways when they both enlisted in the RAF in World War II. After the war, their lives continued in different directions, leading them both to marriages (to other people), and to Bernie moving to New Zealand. In 2002, Bernie’s daughter discovered that Bob was still alive, and the former (and future) couple, was reunited. Bernie moved back to England, finally seeing one another for the first time in decades. “When I saw him again I didn’t see an old man – I saw that young soldier. We both feel young at heart,” Bernie said. The couple was married in 2013.

3.) It’s nice to have the same interests

It’s always nice to hear stories of love in adverse circumstances, although this story is not exactly sweet. Jeana Ramsey met Edward Johnson when she was working as a cook in the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, IN. Edward was an inmate, serving a second sentence. When he was released in 2001, they moved in together. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and Jeana must have been easily led, because soon after, the couple was arrested after a bank robbery turned violent–two tellers were killed and a security guard was left paralyzed. They pled guilty. Edward got 40 years while Jeana got 7. Oh well. I’m sure the romance was fun while it lasted.

4.) Love comes from tragedy

Boston Marathon participant James Costello was photographed the day of the 2013 bombing, staggering away from the explosion, clothing shredded, in what became an iconic image of the tragedy. He underwent several surgeries for his injuries, and recuperated at the Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. There, he met Krista D’Agostino, a nurse who aided him in his recovery. They were engaged by December, and married in August 2014.

5.) Winning the lottery…of love

Eddie Harrison and Edith Hill, 95 and 96, respectively, met because they both liked to play the lottery. They both won and split the $2,500 prize. But they actually won a whole lot more. They spent ten years together before marrying in 2014, and consider themselves soul mates, never arguing. However, there are other factors that put their romance in peril. Edith’s daughters are fighting for custody of Edith, and, depending on the outcome, Edith could lose her house–and her husband. The couple is firm on their love and are willing to fight to stay together, though. “We’ll always be like this regardless of what happens,” Eddie says.

6.) Sometimes you need a matchmaker

Lynne Love is a funeral director, and probably didn’t consider dabbling in matchmaking until she met Tom Lennon, 76, and Isabell Bacon, 70. She was helping them arrange funerals for their respective spouses, and kept in contact with them for some time after the funerals. Both widow and widower often complained to her of being lonely, so the aptly-named Lynne Love decided to set them up on a blind date. Six months later, Tom and Isabell were married, and Lynne was the witness. “I think if I died tomorrow,” Lynne says, “this would be my greatest achievement.”

7.) Sometimes you just know

When he was 6, Wang Zi-heng used to play with his next door neighbor, Qian-qian, and declared that he would marry her when they were older. Zi-heng’s family moved away, though, and that seemed to be the end of that. However, they reconnected some 18 years later and the spark was still there. The couple was married earlier this month.

8.) Keeping it in the family is still weird though

Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones was a famous womanizer, and in a super-icky move, he married an 18-year-old Mandy Smith at the age of 49. That’s not the weirdest part, though. Wyman’s son Stephen ended up marrying Smith’s mother while Wyman and Smith were still married. … talk about awkward.

9.) This unlikely pair gained fame

Roscoe was a stray when he wandered into The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina. Looking thin and lost, he was fed by the staff, and almost immediately took to Suriya, a male orangutan. The two quickly became the best of friends, and have gained fame. The couple is inseparable, and recently a picture book about their daily exploits.

 True love may be rare, but when it happens? It happens. 

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‘Any regrets, Brad?’ Wreckovery news prompts brutal Woodhouse flashback

http://twitter.com/#!/JimmyPrinceton/status/481792709019967488

Rut-roh … wonder if Brad Woodhouse has gone into hiding. Who could blame him? After this morning’s craptastic news that the economy shrank by 2.9 percent in the first quarter, we’re guessing the last thing the former DNC comms director wants to do is face the music:

http://twitter.com/#!/conkc2/status/481806162971459584

It’s really something:

http://twitter.com/#!/woodhouseb/status/462214969086332928

Awk-ward! For him, that is. Because as lousy as the economic news is for us, there’s still a silver lining: Brad Woodhouse has further cemented his reputation as a colossal jackass. And that, friends, is schadenfreudelicious:

http://twitter.com/#!/lyndseyfifield/status/481780481277833216
http://twitter.com/#!/Red_Eye_Robot/status/481807490716155906
http://twitter.com/#!/Calle_Elefante/status/481804534071562240
http://twitter.com/#!/OrwellForks/status/481809679790522368
http://twitter.com/#!/TedInATL/status/481804747801100289

He’s getting used to it.

http://twitter.com/#!/beebobaby/status/481795484650991616

Bon appétit, Brad.

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of Brad Woodhouse

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The Future Of The Future Of Books

Thoughts on Amazon, e-books, and the future of how we read words.

Nathan Pyle / BuzzFeed

Everything Is About to Change (for Real This Time)

The year I graduated high school, the media was overrun with speculation about a new technology set to shake the foundation of the world. What was it? We weren’t told, exactly. All we knew was that code name “IT” was so revolutionary that we would have to rebuild our cities from scratch. Techie god Steve Jobs declared it “as big a deal as the PC.”

At the end of the year, the product that was about to blow our minds to the future was revealed: the Segway.

A dorky scooter.

Instead of forcing us to rebuild our major metropolises, the Segway managed to be a prop for blowhards on TV sitcoms. I think I’ve seen one twice in real life.

I was thinking about the Segway again as I’ve fallen into a hole of reading about Amazon versus Hachette, e-books, self-publishing, and Kindle Unlimited. Most articles and nearly every comment thread are filled with declarations that e-book dominance is already here. The publishers are “dinosaurs” who don’t see the “paradigm-shifting” “sea change” and aren’t creating “proactive” new “business models” in the wake of this “disruptive” “revolution.” Anyone who reads print is a “luddite” propping up a “dying industry.” If they don’t get on board soon, they’re doomed!

Strangely, you can read those same comments in articles from last year. Or five years ago. Or 10.

It’s been over 15 years since the first dedicated e-readers were released, and over seven since the first Kindle. Today, about 15% of consumer spending on books is electronic and about 30% of books sold are e-books. The majority of book readers still only read in print, and only 6% of readers read e-books exclusively. It’s clear that e-books are here to stay, but it’s less clear that the complete dismantling of the publishing industry is around the corner.

Technology Is Only a Straight Line in Retrospect

I’m the online editor for Electric Literature, an organization dedicated to new literary models and technologies. I’m active on social media, I’ve crowdfunded a book, and I’ve published e-only works. I’m hardly a luddite who hates the internet, and indeed I get excited about the new possibilities for reading and literature out there.

Still, I roll my eyes at the constant declarations that the future is here all over again. Every new product is a revolution, every app will completely change how we communicate. A pair of “smart boxers” that monitors your farts per day is the future of underwear. An e-toothpick that tweets your gum health is a paradigm shift in dentistry. It’s true that there are always people who resist change, and industries that collapse because of it. It is also true that new “revolutions” fail to occur on a monthly basis. Even the most forward-thinking writers get their predications way off.

Technological progression always looks like a straight line in retrospect, but only because we ignore the supposed sea changes that fail. Movies were black and white without sound, then black and white with sound, then color with sound. But what happened to Smell-O-Vision? And five years after Avatar, why hasn’t 3D completely taken over the way we watch movies instead of being a declining sideshow? On the one hand, it’s easy to see the progress from early cell phones to modern smartphones. And yet, the fact that it was phones that progressed that quickly instead of, say, consumer vehicles (still no flying cars?) would shock time travelers from as recently as 1994.

The Future of Books Is Hypertext! No. It’s POD! No. It’s Enhanced E-Books! Apps! Netflix for Books! None of Those? Wait. It’s Cloud Storage!

In Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky recently declared that the Amazon-Hachette dispute is silly because both companies “fail to recognize is that in the world of digital literature, book ownership will soon be an anachronism.” The actual future of books, according to Bershidsky, is “an enormous digital library in the cloud, where any book could be borrowed.”

I could see a cloud service working, but it’s another amusingly confident prediction that contradicts previous confident predictions. Is the future cloud borrowing instead of Netflix model? Is it “an interactive novel read on a Google Glass“? Is it apps? Social writing networks like Wattpad? Print on demand (POD) machines on every corner? Nano-narrative book bots plugged directly into your eyeball?

Likely all of those things will have some role, however small, in 10 years’ time. But one thing that all of these predictions miss is that people actually like physical books. They like holding them. They like putting them on bookshelves and coffee tables. Hotels and retail stores buy bulk used books for decoration. Many people who buy exclusively e-books still like to browse in physical bookstores and look at physical books.

The printed book is far from dead.

Nathan Pyle / BuzzFeed

Books Are Not Music

The favorite comparison for print doomsayers is the music industry. Although Bershidsky rightly points out that financially the publishing industry is adapting to the digital world much better than the music industry did, he still falls back into the default comparison:

[…] the book market is following the music market’s technological development path. It progressed from hardcover and paperback books — analogous to vinyl LPs and CDs — to Amazon’s Kindle, which could be used to purchase books from Amazon the way Apple Inc. sold songs to iPod users through its iTunes store.

Since this comparison is made ad nauseam, I’d like to take a detour and list some reasons why I’ve always thought it was off:

  • New music formats were improvements while new print formats were variety. New music formats had more functions (fast-forwarding, skipping around, etc.), were smaller, and held larger amounts of information. Trade paperbacks were cheaper, less sturdy version of hardcovers, and mass market paperbacks were cheaper and flimsier still. Book formats were meant to capture different parts of the market; music formats were meant to replace previous formats.
  • In a 20-year period, consumers were asked to move from vinyl to cassette tapes to CDs to MP3s –and to buy new devices to play them with each time. You read paperback and hardcover with the same set of hands and eyes.
  • There are numerous industry differences too, but in the interest of keeping this relatively short I’ll stick to one: the music industry was built around using singles to sell albums. Customers often felt forced into paying full album price just to access the one or two songs they wanted. Readers, however, do not buy novels to read the one chapter they like over and over.

Dinosaurs Don’t Always Die

Even if you believe that the publishing industry is just another bunch of “dinosaurs” like the music and movie industries, it doesn’t follow that the big publishers are dying. Last time I checked, the rise of Netflix and YouTube haven’t stopped the box office from being dominated by the same movie studios rebooting the same franchises with the same famous actors. While a few superstars have risen from self-publishing, it still remains the usual pack of Big 5 Kings and Rowlings topping the best-seller lists.

As a fan of independent music, small presses, and weirdo films, I’m not cheering this on. I wish that the early ’00s vision of the internet allowing the passionate indies to topple the giant corporations had panned out. At best, though, we’ve traded a handful of old corporations for new, larger ones (Amazon, Apple, Google, etc.) and actually made it harder for artists to survive.

The internet has made people expect “content” (a gross term for art) to be very cheap or free…even when that content is advertising for rich corporations. While everyone can produce and spread art, it’s becoming increasingly hard to actually make any kind of living off of it. The people in position to capitalize are always the rich, and so the big movie studios are able to leverage the global markets and the established music industry players have been able to leverage music licenses to car commercials. While a lot of self-publishers have this idea the Big 5 hate and fear them, the truth is closer to the opposite: The Big 5 have started to look at the typo-ridden Wild West of self-publishing as a kind of digital slush pile from which they can snatch up the works that build an audience. (Publishers are even trying to re-create this dynamic under their umbrellas.)

The dinosaurs, it would seem, are much better at adapting than we think.

The Future of Books Tomorrow…Today!

Since I’ve taken some jabs at other people’s overconfident predictions, here’s where I post my own predictions for future bloggers to mock.

It’s possible that in the distant future we will “read” by injecting word venom into our bloodstream, but I don’t think printed books are going away anytime soon. (Predictions beyond a decade are pretty pointless in conversations about contract negotiations or what way to publish your work today.) E-books will continue to grow, but print will remain a large portion and probably capture a majority of dollars spent for the near future. If there’s a reason to be bearish on print, it’s the shuttering of physical bookstores (although indie bookstores are experiencing a bit of a comeback). If there is any reason to be bearish on e-books, it is that dedicated e-readers are already nearly obsolete.

The reason that neither e-books nor print will die is that both have separate advantages. Print books are easier to flip through, easier to write in, look nicer on your shelf, and — as recent studies have indicated — the human brain processes information on them better. (That’s before getting into questions of DRM, poor formatting, the inability to loan or resell your e-books, and so on.) E-books obviously have advantages too. You can bring one slim device on a long trip instead of a half-dozen books. If you are connected to the internet, you can purchase instantly, look up words, and share bits with friends. Etc.

The film industry seems like a good comparison in how the mediums don’t compete as much as capture different markets. Diehard fans go to the theater and buy Blu-rays, regular fans go to theater now and then and maybe rent from iTunes, and casual fans just watch whatever happens to come to Netflix or Redbox. It’s easy to imagine diehard readers buying special editions or hardcovers, while regular readers get the paperback or e-book, and readers who don’t care as much about specific authors will buy whatever e-books go on sale.

And what about these “Netflix for books” services? People have been predicting their ascendance for some time, but I’m still skeptical. A big part of how Netflix works is by having a ton of crappy films and shows that casual viewers would never pay movie ticket prices for but will watch for no additional charge. My guess is that there are fewer readers like that, and people who do read that way can fill that need with extremely cheap used books or self-published e-books (thousands of which can be gotten for between $0.00 and $2.99). Unless these services figure out how to offer something new — exclusive content à la Netflix? — they won’t be a major force.

The ease of e-book publication combined opens up a lot of possibility for companies and organizations to become their own publishers. We have already seen magazines and newspapers start to publish e-books. Not only will this trend increase, but it will expand to other areas. TV shows and movie franchises publishing additional e-book material for diehard fans perhaps?

What about self-publishing versus print generally? I tend to think that framing them as opposing forces obscures the fact that they are, to a large degree, different worlds. Self-publishing has opened up new markets — some that big publishers overlooked, some that they didn’t want to be involved in — more than it has eaten away at traditional publishing sales. (If Amazon succeeds in drastically lowering e-book prices, the reverse may happen though.) Rather than self-publishing or traditional publishing, authors in genres like romance, fantasy, and sci-fi will increasingly go “hybrid.”

Despite the regular hyping of enhanced e-books/hypertext/apps/interactive books, I don’t see those going anywhere outside of a few specific markets like children’s books and textbooks. The problem is that we already have a whole industry devoted to interactive narratives: video games. Art forms survive by figuring out what makes them unique, not by trying to emulate other mediums.

What Can Books Do Better

Currently, publishers just convert their paperback books to e-book and self-publishers POD the same books they sell digitally. Just as art forms need to push their unique advantages, I think the future of books is pushing the unique advantages of different formats.

In print, you will see more focus on design. In the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in special editions, beautifully designed and smartly curated series, and books that really have to be read on paper due to unique layouts or interior art.

In e-book land, I can see a lot of ways to exploit the advantage of digital files. A lot of self-published authors “bundle” short novels or stories together to let readers sample different authors. There is no reason that traditionally published authors couldn’t do that too. Maybe presses will sell cheap “samplers” of the writers on their catalog like music labels used to do. An e-book file can be as long as you want, so why not include bonus materials that would muck up a print book? (Here’s a more dystopian e-book vision: e-book apps that are free to download and start, but require in-app purchases to finish the entire narrative or get bonus material.)

And what about using POD technology to allow customers to create their own anthologies from a publisher’s catalog? Publishers need to find ways to use the different advantages of each type of book, and figure out what kind of work can be done on e-book but not print, or POD but not hardcover.

You will also, I think, increasingly see e-books used to supplement the print edition. From J.K. Rowling writing new Harry Potter stories on her Pottermore website to Adele Waldman writing an e-single story from the POV of a minor character in her novel, writers are starting to figure out how to use digital distribution to provide additional material to readers.

In short, the various formats will cohabitate peacefully…at least until the next dinosaur-killing, paradigm-shifting, sea-changing, revolutionary technology appears.

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Lincoln Michel’s fiction appears in Tin House, Electric Literature, Unstuck, NOON, and elsewhere. He is a co-editor of Gigantic magazine and Gigantic Worlds, a forthcoming anthology of science flash fiction. Sometimes he draws authors as monsters. He tweets at @thelincoln.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnmichel/the-future-is-never

This Awesome Kid Overcomes Hardships In A Way That’ll Make You Want To Dance

Like most of us, 17-year-old Gabe Adam just wants to dance when he hears his favorite songs, but it’s fair to say that some of us are more rhythmically inclined than others. This teen is one of those people, so it makes sense that he joined his school’s dance team.

His favorite thing to do is hit the floor with his teammates during halftime to entertain the audience, and he revels in nailing complicated choreography. But there’s something special about this dancer that sets him apart from the rest. Watch what happens when the music starts.

If that doesn’t make you feel inspired, then nothing will. This kid faces more hardships on normal days than most of us would be able to handle, but he makes it his mission to thrive under pressure. Judging by this video, that mission has been a successful one.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/gabe-dances/