… poets and novelists.

I want to see The Australian try this one: Hebrew language daily paper Haaretz commissioned one entire edition to poets and authors, both established and emerging, in place of the regular journalists. Instead of the functional quotidian fair, this became the news:

… 79-year-old author Yoram Kaniuk, whose novel “Adam Resurrected” was recently adapted for a movie starring Jeff Goldblum and Ayelet Zurer … went into the field to write about couples in the hospital cancer ward. The thing is, he’s a cancer patient, too. “A woman walking with a cane brings her partner a cup of coffee with a trembling hand. The looks they exchange are sexier than any performance by Madonna and cost a good deal less,” Kaniuk wrote. “I think about what would happen if I were to get better…how I would live without the human delicacy to which I am witness?”

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Tired of developing writers’ callous on your pointer finger? Developing a permanent claw from using teensy-weensy qwerty keyboards on your phone or PDA? Fear not, the PhonePoint Pen is on its way! We will soon be able to take notes by playing a weird form of charades: wave your motion-senstive smart phone in the air (like when you spelled out your name with a sparkler at New Year’s Eve parties when you were a kid, remember?) and, hey presto! A garbled message appears on your screen. Apparently, AI and fuzzy pattern matching will come to the rescue of those of us with less-than-perfect pencraft. Phew.

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Everything you wanted to know about copyright but didn’t know who to ask: CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) FAQs are some of the best around for authors looking for legal and related information about the ownership of their work.

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Treat yourself to this incredible film clip produced by Agust Jacobsson for musical group Sigur Ros featuring the Perlan special-needs theatre group. Not only is it nine minutes of heavenly music and visual, it ends with the best screen kiss EVER.

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Writing Race 8-9pm AEST tonight: AWMonline forums>Writing Race>Writing Race 16 June 2009 – all AWMonline subscribers welcome! See you there, Racers.

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