Why Every Writer in the U.S. Is Now Asking Amtrak for a Free Ride

It began when writer Alexander Chee made a simple, obvious statement in an interview with the literary organization PEN: Trains are great places to write. "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers," he said. » 2/24/14 9:27am 2/24/14 9:27am

Can Giving Free Houses to Writers Help Revitalize Detroit?

There's no shortage of vacant real estate in Detroit, which has seen a quarter of its population flee since 2000—it's estimated that over 78,000 buildings are sitting abandoned. But there are plenty of efforts to bring a new wave of young creatives to town, like this plan to fix up homes and give them to writers for… » 12/19/13 4:00pm 12/19/13 4:00pm

Automated Typewriter Creates Never-Ending Story, Honoring Journalists…

"On Journalism #2 Typewriter" is a typewriter installation that honors journalists who been killed worldwide between 1992 and present day, by writing generatively constructed stories about about them based on their published work and the existing data of their lives (via the Committee to Protect Journalists). » 5/31/12 10:40pm 5/31/12 10:40pm

Producers Say the Strike Has Cost Writers $106 Million...and Counting

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has a fun new flash widget on their site with a running tally of how much income the writers have dropped into a black hole since the strike started. Right now, it's at about $106 million. Kind of a dick move if you ask us, since producers trying to screw writers » 12/12/07 7:20pm 12/12/07 7:20pm

Digital Distribution Tangling Up Writers Guild of America Talks,…

In case you were unawares, the contract between Hollywood producers and the Writers Guild of America was supposed to expire a few hours ago, leading to a possible strike, meaning bad things could happen. One of the major issues is digital content and distribution—after getting screwed over by the terms of how they were … » 11/01/07 3:15am 11/01/07 3:15am

Pioneer BDR-103: HD DVD/Blu-ray Combo Burner to Ship Next Year

Pioneer announced it will release a dual-format HD DVD and Blu-ray writer sometime next year. The BDR-103 will integrate both formats into one drive, and it will support recordable and rewritable discs on both formats as well as play back prerecorded content. » 9/01/06 11:29am 9/01/06 11:29am