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Significant Objects Volume 2: Proceeds to Benefit 826 National

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Regular readers of the Editor’s Blog might remember our Six-Word Story contest for Significant Objects: the online project that pairs cheap thrift store finds with notable writers who then create a fictional back story to be posted alongside that item in an eBay charity auction.
Well Significant Objects is back with another round of objects and [...]

Sites We Love: David Lynch’s Interview Project

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Filmmaker David Lynch had a pretty straightforward idea with Interview Project: send a camera crew across the United States and back, randomly stopping to interview whoever looks interesting on the way about their lives. However, the results so far have been nothing short of fascinating. The video interviews posted on Interview Project are really remarkable [...]

Sites We Love: Significant Objects

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Every item you’ve ever come across has a story. These objects clutter our shelves, closets, garages and lives; they sit and collect dust until one day we drop them on the 2-for-1 table at a yard sale, or for the more ambitious among us, to that great virtual flee market called eBay. Weathered, chipped and [...]

De-Classified: The Human Condition

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Personal ads are strange when you really think about them. While on one hand they are these short, to-the-point advertisements, they are also really intimate in that they come from people searching to make some kind of personal connection with another human being.
This is the subject explored in De-Classified: The Human Condition. Conceived by photographer Mark [...]

A New World Record! Six-Word Quotes

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’m a world record setter. I’m better at something than anyone else. I’ve got the video to prove it.
Last week, I participated in a World Record Appreciation Society event in New York City. My record? Most Six-Word Quotes Read in Under One Minute (note: not memoirs, but quotes from lit, flicks, famous folks). That [...]

Sites We Love: Recollecting Adams

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Between Tweets, Facebook wall posts, up to the minute news headlines in your inbox, and email replies that need to be sent NOW, the past is becoming more difficult to care about… not to mention finding time to talk about yesteryear with those we spent it with. The oral history-cum-visual storytelling site Recollecting Adams provides [...]

Stories: Good for the Jews

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

In honor of Passover, the Jewish holiday I enjoy most because of its great story (frogs, an exodus, matzoh—a tough tale to beat), fun family gathering, and abundance of brisket, I’m posting about Storahtelling, an old but great storytelling project.
“In the beginning, story mattered,” offers Storahtelling’s mission statement. “Woven through the generations, sacred stories [...]

Sites We Love: Kachingle

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Internet journalism may not be a career with benefits, but it beats temp jobs fit for entry-level high school seniors. More and more print newspaper men and women see pink slips daily, and their desks are usually left vacant… indefinitely. Hiring freezes have moved from temporary to permanent downsizing leaving once noisy newsrooms to a [...]

Sites We Love: The Orphan

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Getting published in the world of literary journals can be a tough nut to crack. Even a publication as open-minded as our friends over at McSweeney’s can be incredibly selective of what they choose to include. As a writer, it can be frustrating to know that your work is too weird or not relatable enough [...]

Sites We Love: Fifty People One Question

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Asking people questions and filming their responses is a pretty straightforward idea, and that’s exactly what we love about it. Fifty People One Question is a project that is currently traveling from city to city, recording what everyday people have to say when given the chance to let their minds wander. In New Orleans…

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