I was rummaging around my piles of books a couple of days ago, looking for a wirework book (when I'm not writing stories, blogging, watching Lost without blinking, playing video games, or telling my daughter to wipe her face, I sometimes make jewelry). I pulled it out and to my surprise, Cloud Atlas also emerged from the pile like a newborn babe. I thought I'd lent it out, never to be seen again, and I'd have to buy it once more.
So I clapped my hands with glee, and thought sweet! I'm gonna reread it! I reread books fairly often. At some point I'll make a list, but anyway...last night, I went to begin, and I noticed something.
The clouds at the top of the pages. They change position based on what story you're reading.
If you've read the book, you understand why this is important. If you haven't, understand that this might have been extremely useful to me the first time I read the book, HAD I NOTICED IT THEN.
In other news, Ed makes an excellent point about Harpers and the Internets. I need to read the Ben Marcus essay again before I comment, which I am planning to do. The online sample is inadequate, and if the paper version didn't push length for a Harper's piece it would still be too short. Also, why no Lynn Freed Creative Writing Gulag online? I've been keeping an eye out for that, and it's obviously not going to happen.