Tag Archives: NPR

Friday Link Pack 02/20/2015

It’s Friday! That means it’s time to share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Away we gooooo…


Save Little Free Libraries From Uncultured Killjoys
Little Free Libraries are basically the best, they promote community and reading, what could be better!? Yet, some folks (for reasons I can’t comprehend) don’t like them. Sarah Skwire brings the smackdown.

Fault In Our Stars Author: Oops, I Didn’t Write That Quote
Whether you love or loathe his books, I think we can all agree that John Green is a pretty swell guy. Here’s his video on the incorrectly attributed quote.

Navigating NPR’s Top 100 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books
Here’s a handy flowchart from SF Signal helping you find the next speculative fiction book from NPR’s Top 100 list. For whatever reason The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road aren’t on that list. What gives, NPR?

I’m On Seattle Geekly
Make sure you check out my appearance on Seattle Geekly‘s latest podcast. I had a blast hanging out with Shannon and Matt and I’m honored to be one of their last guests. They’re also giving away copies of Old Broken Road to their Twitter followers. Just tweet #KMAbook before 3PM PST and you’ll be entered to win a copy.


Audio Landscape
My internet-friend Dan created this awesome music visualizer. Let your music create a beautiful landscape, a volcanic hellscape, or strange seapunk world.

The Photography of Peter Zeglis
I love these simple photos from greek photographer Peter Zeglis. There’s something open and intimate in the way Zeglis captures his subject, be it a majestic mountain, a city, a street corner, or a lava field. Beautiful.


New Map Shows America’s Quietest Places
Need to get some work done? Now you know where to go.

A Guy Complained No One Had Wished Him Happy Birthday On Twitter And Things Got Weird
The internet is a wonderful and magical place and I love it a lot. Have a happy birthday Daniel Barker, please. [Thanks to Josh for sending this one in.]

46 Rare Historical Photos
I’m intentionally not attaching the stupid link bait title assigned to this post, but this collections of historical photos is real good and shouldn’t be missed. What’s your favorite?

If all U.S. Presidents, at the age they were elected, were told to fight each other to the death, who would win?
These are the sort of questions that demand well though out answers. I am glad there are people working on figuring this out. (You can probably guess the winner.)

[NEW!] Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

Wherein I got to Wikipedia and hit Random Article until I find something good/weird/offensive/hilarious/interesting/etc. This weeks entry:

List of number-one singles in 1995 (New Zealand)
It’s good to know that TLC’s Waterfalls, Coolio’s Gangster’s Paradise, and Rednex Cotton Eyed Joe had that global reach in 1995. Man, you know, the 90s were pretty damn great.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Diary of Alonzo Typer
“I am conscious of several presences in this house. One in particular is decidedly hostile toward me—a malevolent will which is seeking to break down my own and overcome me. I must not countenance this for an instant, but must use all my forces to resist it. It is appallingly evil, and definitely non-human.”

Gif of the Week:

I can't get enough GIFs of robot struggling to play soccer/football.

Listening Recommendation: Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale

This is a bit different from my normal reading recommendations as it actually isn’t about anything to read, instead it’s about something you should listen to. “Welcome to Night Vale” is a free podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor and distributed by Commonplace Books and it’s been dominating the iTunes download charts.

It’s fantastic. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin public-radio style “Welcome to Night Vale” centers around the local events happening in the fictional desert town of Night Vale. At first it seems like innocent enough news stories: PTA meetings, the library groundbreaking, weather, news about the local dog park, but it quickly becomes clear that things in this town aren’t what they seem. Everything in Night Vale is twisted and slightly off kilter—it’s weird—and everyone in the town is strangely okay with it. You know what…it works, “Welcome to Night Vale” does what a lot of fiction can only dream of: it become alive.

A lot of people have had a tough time describing the podcast but my favorite description comes from the Wikipedia page, it describes “Welcome to Night Vale” as:

The news from Lake Wobegon as seen through the eyes of Stephen King.

It’s the perfect description, Fink and Cranor create an engaging place full of mystery and laughs channeling the best from Lovecraft and Orson Welles and it’s worth any weird fiction fan’s time. I’d also recommend the interview Fink and Carnor had with NPR’s Jacki Lyden on Weekend, they go into some interesting details about their process.

Join me and give “Welcome to Night Vale” a listen. Turn on your radio and hide.


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Young Americans Are Reading

Chalk this one up as good news for writers (and civilization in general.) A new study from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has shown that young Americans are reading and they’re reading more than older Americans.

“We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that’s compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults. So, they’re reading — they’re more likely to read, and they’re also a little more likely to be using their library.”

Read the full article and listen to the radio report here at NPR.