Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fill loss of fee

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The reason I didn't raise philosophy the first two times we gazed at that first magazine is possibly a deep rooted fear of overdoing the philosophy since I am using various aspects of philosophy to inform my hyperlink choices and I took Philosophy as a minor, studying subjects like Practical Ethics and Critical Thinking.

This is philosophy we're talking about, not psychology so fears are verboten.

While not intrinsic to other forms in the way literature is, philosophy nonetheless appears in the spotlight in theatre, argues its purpose with poetry, remonstrates in fiction - including the time before novels. But for literary or philosophical concerns to be considered popular there would not be this supposed gap of sixty eight years before the first general interest magazine appeared; the general interest would already be there.  Now I'm further perplexed by a wiki entry that has Nouvelles de la république des lettres as the first literary journal, published in 1684. This is twenty one years after  Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen

Either someone decided that Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen was strictly philosophy-based or this speaks to the error potential of Wikipedia. Moving on.

Before we find ourselves querying whether there's a philosophy literary journal in the lunchbox of piper - 1st shift (or what use that data is other than giving us false hopes that it is not predominantly philosophers and scribes, academics and critics who read these things) it follows that philosophy churns away in the background in all the subsequent media: film, radio, television and World Wide Web. It's there in song and music generally.
The reader receives philosophy masked in the dictates of the story or essay, conveyed in lines spoken by the main character. It is there but not consumed 'raw' as it were.

On the other hand, many poets and philosophers are put to work in other pursuits as I can only too easily attest.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Phil ossifies

Philosophy journals

Little matter if a search for Journal of Philosophy turns up a page from Synthese, this is only a small sample.

It is more than a little gratifying to find Australasian Journal of Philosophy determined to be in the first tier of philosophy journals among philosophers.

Worth noting how difficult it is to be accepted, if you happen to be a philosopher submitting papers for publication.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

place holder

Funnily enough, that's the perfect name for what I want to encapsulate. I originally used that title because I wanted to have it publish on a certain date. The reasons are already lost to me.

The thing I notice now, after having gone back to see what I had to say at the start of every year, is that I don't usually do a 'best of' or highlights of any kind for the year just passed. I either carry on with whatever I was blogging about or I remark on the tsunamis or some blip on history and geography.

Have I only just thought to alter my outlook herein because we were talking about lists so much? Or is there some subconscious urge to mark the year of my father's passing this way?

I don't know.

Of course anyone visiting would see the number of list-based books I possess and the jig would be up.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cooking the books

Expanding out to Top Ten as we do when introducing a new topic here, the full disturbing predicament is made manifest with two tomes; one depicting fear in the Trump White House, the  other fire and fury. Whose Boat Is This Boat? not helping but that's the point
Children's books, hearteningly, still sell if The Wonky Donkey is anything to go by. It is #3, first published in 2010

For readers who don't think fiction and real life politics can mix, avoid The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

Whether the choice to ignore radio was proven prudent when the most popular radio program in the land is Kyle and Jacki-o, so ignorant am I of commercial radio that I can't critique second place getters Kate, Tim and Marty's Drive show on the Nova Network. Or wonder that Wil Anderson is palling up with Eddie McGuire

Slam poetry is a thing but the real thing does it really mean a thing

It is quite common to list the short stories you think people should read in 2018 even if that's not when they're written. But you can always find someone to tell you about good new short story collections.

The New York Times is the largest newspaper. Herald Sun the only newspaper in Australia to have more than a million readers.

The Australian Women's Weekly remains our biggest selling magazine. Though unable to compete with AA Directions and Skywatch seemingly.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Two days' news

It is quite normal for the sale of a concept, title, item in various media to be influenced by its correlative elsewhere. When that correlative involves Steven Spielberg seven years is barely enough.

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Sunday, January 06, 2019

Early days yet

"With 250 babies born each minute, how many people can the Earth sustain?" It's a perennial question and one the authors seek to address in one form or another, be it Soylent Green or Dr. Manhattan.
It's Dick Smith's drive to do something about population growth in Australia. We may have more room than other countries but there is a consequence to taking in more people or having larger families.

Deaths between 2007 and 2016 were mainly caused by skin cancer, followed by falling and road/rail crash. In this list, I am mainly interested in #2 because I wonder how those 19,303 people fell. Getting skin cancer is a hazard of living in our climate and not getting regular skin checks, and we're fairly familiar with the car crashes that feature on the news; fatal or not. There's been the odd pedestrian on the footpath whose been cleaned up.
But that's in Australia. The biggest killers globally are Ischaemic heart disease, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The highest grossing movie in 2018 was Black Panther with Avengers: Infinity War in second place. I'm wearing the t-shirt but still haven't seen the film.

Big Bang Theory is, in the ordinary way, the most popular TV show but the return of Roseanne pipped it in that it has nearly five million more viewers on average (if you count the nineties fans)

God's Plan by Drake shows me conclusively how out of touch I am with the charts. I mean, I know who Drake is (just) but how did a duck get a straight up spiritual or hymnal past me as a #1

The Greatest Showman motion picture cast recording is the largest selling album - if they still call them that. It's got our own Hugh Jackman in (our own in that, not only is he Australian, he studied at both UTS and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, part of Edith Cowan University)

A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath is the most produced play, despite or because of its audacious title.

The biggest star in the universe is now declared to be UY Scuti

Science also discovered a bigger dinosaur, an older animal, another branch of (hybrid) human, the oldest known human drawing, a subglacial lake on Mars, organic molecules on Mars, the first ever fossilised snake embryo, the exact source of a neutrino, the brightest object from the Universe's infancy, 13 billion year old oxygen which may reveal the oldest stars in the Universe

The bestseller on Amazon is a 2011 science fiction novel brought back in popularity by release of the film Ready Player One. Regardless of Jeff Bezos' vast wealth, I would prefer a book that was first published in 2018 so not, ahem, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' or The Handmaid's Tale either. Or is Good Housekeeping using a different yardstick? Actually over on Amazon (!) the bestseller is Becoming - Michelle Obama

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Inspect a mag array

It's just like writers not to acknowledge those involved in the construction of their book or literary journal; those folk aren't fiddling with the writing
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Friday, January 04, 2019

Inc stained

A dozen posts on literary magazines. Is that sucking up or what?

I have been published a few times on the Poetry Kit.