“Authors, as role models, can be transformative”: Pop Up Projects on engaging kids with books

Molly Flatt | The Bookseller

Children are not, should not have to be and perhaps never were passive listeners, sitting quietly while the novelist reads at them. This is a noisy, intertextual world, and at Pop Up we encourage children and authors to make noise when they engage with one another.

Read more: https://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/authors-role-models-can-be-transformative-how-pop-projects-gets-young-people-excited

I thought having a baby would hurt my career. I was wrong.

Joy Lanzendorfer | The Washington Post

I almost didn’t have a child because of my career as a writer. Everything I read about motherhood and creativity said that a baby would sap my energy, divide my attention, give me something called mommy brain and make it almost impossible to continue working. As an ambitious person, this scared me. Having a child is a big enough mystery, and the idea that it could stop me from doing what I most desired felt like a huge risk — one I wasn’t sure I wanted to take.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2018/03/12/i-thought-having-a-baby-would-hurt-my-writing-career-i-was-wrong/?utm_term=.2d5289a5898e

What an ‘infinite’ AI-generated podcast can tell us about the future of entertainment

James Vincent | The Verge

Sheldon County is a podcast that will never sound the same twice. Every time someone listens to it, they’ll begin by typing a random number into a website. This “seed” will set in motion a Rube Goldberg machine of calculation that will create characters, relationships, jealousies, betrayals, and maybe even a murder or two. These plot points will be turned into a text narrative, read aloud by a voice synthesizer, and then zipped up into an audio file. Each time it will be a unique version of Sheldon County’s story. A podcast made just for you.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/11/17099578/ai-generated-podcast-procedural-storytelling-art-sheldon-county