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Another failed Kickstarter inspires and scares

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

I received the following e-mail in my inbox last week:

It’s nothing new. I’ve donated to Kickstarter projects that have sadly failed before: R.I.P. The Mountain Man Fest in Saratoga or the MLAB Renovations for a NYC trip here in ‘Cuse. This one for one reason or another just  hit a little close to home.

Call the folks who wanted to make the All My Friends documentary pretentious if you will (though I’d opt for misguided or over-ambitious perhaps? More on this below…) but they had a musical focus I liked and a D.I.Y. approach I want to one day emulate. Not to mention, their pedigree in multimedia production and storytelling seemed almost attainable (it’s on the Kickstarter bio), making their effort much more inspiring than the latest work from someone like Wes Anderson or Spielberg.

So what does their failure say? Continue reading

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The new blog in town was a long time coming

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

Syracuse University (probably like most media savvy schools) offers interested students a variety of media options to pursue. There’s a daily newspaper, campus television network, NPR-affiliated radio and now a strictly web outlet if general news, politics or sports is your thing.  There are separate campus magazines for health, fashion, music/entertainment, alternative features and social/cultural identities. Folks who want to write technology even have an outlet since the D.O. has recently sought op-ed writers in that field.

However, this week the NewsHouse launched a new blog devoted to filling a surprisingly unaddressed niche on campus: food journalism. Continue reading

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When the blog updating rains, it pours.

Arts & Literature Trivial Link
Written by Nathan Mattise

What’s the best way of returning to regular blog posting after an impromptu hiatus?

Starting a new blog?

It isn’t the first time and likely won’t be the last. Table Read is simply the latest project to join the family of networks that includes In Pursuit of The Trivial, Diners Without Frosted Tips and (at one time) Questions for Ira Glass. The about page says it all. This isn’t a new idea, simply a good one being applied in a different way. If you’re an avid magazine reader or long form journalism enthusiast, make sure to periodically check it out for a few pieces to keep you entertained any afternoon.

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Trivial Links: Wait, can you guess what holiday is happening?

Arts & Literature Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • Not only is punctuation being currently celebrated, Blogfest 2009 is underway too.
  • The only sad lit news recently is the end of Lavar Burton’s Reading Rainbow.

(Links today from USA Today’s Pop Candy and Wall Street Journal Online)

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What’s one more blog? Especially if it’s for Ira Glass…

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Written by Nathan Mattise

I hate to have long periods of time without posts, even professional blogs avoid it knowing it could deter traffic in the short-term future. Unlike professional bloggers, I make my living working with students. Two weeks of 14-hour a day student training isn’t optional.

Instead of leaving the site completely dark until late August, consider this a heads up that Trivial Links could be the only thing seen around here for a bit.

I will make sure I get some bit of daily writing though. So introducing my latest blogging endeavor. Continue reading

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Trivial Links: Significant writings on significant objects.

Arts & Literature Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • Project idea: Take insignificant objects, have talented writers submit backstories for said items to be published on a blog, call the blog “Significant Objects,” sell items to prove a good story adds worth.  I’m sold.
  • August is here. So, only one month left to get to these summer reading titles from The Guardian and Pop Candy.

(Links today from Time.com, Wes  Miles on Twitter, USA Today’s Pop Candy and The Guardian)

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Trivial Links: J.D. Salinger returns!

Arts & Literature Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • In case you missed it on USA Today’s Pop Candy this week, yours truly was a featured reader. Not my most flattering of pictures but I am attached to it due to my love of hygiene. More importantly, Whitney Matheson kept in the part about my desire to one day write a book on Ra Ra Riot. READ THAT RA RA RIOT! (Thanks Whitney).

(Links today from USA Today’s Pop Candy, NY Daily News and ColbertNation.com)

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