May 23, 2009KR BlogKR

Short Takes

“What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” -Herbert A. Simon, quoted in “In Defense of Distraction” (via Arts & Letters Daily)

A well-designed site from the Australia Council of the new writing universe. (via Diapsalmata)

Magazines that push the envelope – one you can wear, one you can fly, and one in a can. (via PicoCool)

Good news for Morrison and Gordimer fans: DailyLit.com is offering 4 free essays from the PEN American Center, published in Burn This Book. (via So Many Books)

Barnes & Noble revenue fell 4% in the first quarter, but that’s better than expected.

Laurel Snyder’s recent interview with Gwenda Bond is rather lovely, including a bit about writing her last book in her neighbor’s attic.

Time to pack up one’s own room by the sea; the Virginia Woolf conference in Lincoln Center begins June 4th. (via LitKicks)

It’s late afternoon on a perfect May day – hope you’re all outside playing a good old-fashioned game of lawn Scrabble.