Curious Rat



Bonhams to Auction Classic Movie Memorabilia →

Bonhams is partnering with Turner Classic Movies to auction off dozens of items from classic films like Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and my favorite, Casablanca.

Such historical treasures include:

Poring over the lot, I must’ve uttered, “Oh my God,” a hundred times, followed by…

That belongs in a museum!


Yuvi Zalkow and Writing On the iPhone 6 Plus →

Yuvi Zalkow shares his experiences with the iPhone 6 Plus as a writing machine:

Of course I wrote this piece on it. portrait in byword But a blog post is amateur hour for what this thing can do. I’ve also been working on my 10,000-word short story on it. And my 75,000-word novel. (Sadly, no, the device didn’t fix my glaring plot holes and character issues.)

He says his laptop still plays a heavy part in his process due to apps like Scrivener, but I’m wondering how that might change once Scrivener for iOS is released. Regardless, I’m very much looking forward to picking up my own 6 Plus in the near future.


COVERED Episode 2: Megan Erickson →

For the second episode, I talk with Romance author Megan Erickson about her “Bowler University” New Adult book series, what New Adult means to her, and the dichotomy between the books she read growing up and the romance novels she ended up writing as an adult.

Also, WE’RE FINALLY ON iTUNES! You should be able to find the podcast by searching for it, or feel free to use this direct link. And if you have listened to it, please leave a review.


Microsoft Word: 'A Work of Genius That’s Almost Always Wrong as an Instrument for Writing Prose' →

ᔥ The New York Review of Books:

Intelligent writers can produce intelligent prose using almost any instrument, but the medium in which they write will always have some more or less subtle effect on their prose. Karl Popper famously denounced Platonic politics, and the resulting fantasies of a closed, unchanging society, in his book The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945). When I work in Word, for all its luxuriant menus and dazzling prowess, I can’t escape a faint sense of having entered a closed, rule-bound society. When I write in WordPerfect, with all its scruffy, low-tech simplicity, the world seems more open, a place where endings can’t be predicted, where freedom might be real.

I will never understand how people write entire books in Microsoft Word.


The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe - FREE →

ᔥ Open Culture:

With Halloween fast approaching, let us remind you that few American writers can get you into the existentially chilling spirit of this climatically chilling season than Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). And given that he lived and wrote entirely in the first half of the 19th century, few American writers can do it at so little financial cost to you, the reader. Today we’ve collected Poe’s freely available, public domain works of pure psychological unsettlement into five volumes of eBooks

The volumes are available in multiple formats for iOS devices, Kindles, and other eReaders.