Sat, 9 November 2013
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 90, in which I discuss how Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), who never wrote for a Kindle and of course didn't even know about it, nonetheless correctly foresaw its revolutionary impact on authors when he wrote, in Laws of the Media (1977) that the "Xerox makes everyone a publisher". I also discuss the practical advantages of self-publishing on Kindle rather than via traditional publishers, and how such opening of the gates may ameliorate Thomas Gray's lament (1751) "Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air."
You might also enjoy this episode, The Selfie and Marshall McLuhan
my science fiction on Kindle
Direct download: LOLT90-McLuhan-and-Kindle.mp3
Category:Technology & Society -- posted at: 5:01pm EST
Thu, 7 November 2013
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 89, which contains Patrick Rands and Carl Thien's recent "spotlight" on my science fiction and music, broadcast a few days ago on Patrick's WZBC Radio show. Patrick decided to do this segment after hearing Sundial Symphony's new recording of my "Looking for Sunsets (in the Early Morning)". He put together a wild, cool set of my music over the years, and began by inviting Carl to talk about my science fiction.
The playlist follows. More about Sundial Symphony - consisting of Don Frankel (who played keyboard on the 1972 recording of Looking for Sunsets) and Robbie Rist (cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch, the bus driver on Sharknado, and everything in between) - on their Facebook page.
1. Ring Around My Rosie - recorded by Protozoa - song written by David Fox, produced by Paul Levinson, Ed Fox, and Herb Abramson, Buddah Records, 1969
2. Sunshine Mind - recorded by Donna Marie (who sang in the Archies) - song written by Paul Levinson, produced by Jimmy "Wiz" Wisner, released on Columbia, 1968
3. Love Colored Glasses - studio demo recorded by Mikie Harris & Paul Levinson, written by Paul Levinson & Mikie Harris, 1968
4. Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye - recorded by Paul Levinson, with Ed Fox and Peter Rosenthal (Paul singing lead) - written by Paul Levinson & Linda Kaplan, produced by Paul Levinson & Ed Fox, released on Twice Upon A Rhyme LP, HappySad Records, 1972 (musicians on this album also include Don Frankel, Jay Sackett, Alan Fuhr, Boris Midney)
5. Skyscraper - studio demo by Linda Kaplan (later wrote "Toys 'R Us" jingle), written by Paul Levinson & Linda Kaplan, 1968
6. Lime Streets - live performance by Paul Levinson on Patrick Rands’ 2006 WZBC Radio show, written by Paul Levinson, 2006
7. Looking for Sunsets (in the Early Morning) - Sundial Symphony (Don Frankel & Robbie Rist), written by Paul Levinson & Ed Fox, 1969 (released on Twice Upon A Rhyme LP, HappySad Records, 1972), 2013 (mastered by Steve Katz)
more about my music at Twice Upon a Rhyme
You might also enjoy Patrick Rands' 2006 60-minute WZBC Radio show about my music, with interview.
Sat, 20 April 2013
Welcome to Episode 88 of Llght On Light Through, a special video podcast: I've just finished writing the concluding chapter of Unburning Alexandria - sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates - which will be published on Kindle, iTunes, etc as an ebook by JoSara MeDia in a few days. As a little appetizer, I thought you might enjoy this brief reading I did from Unburning Alexandria at Robin's Books (the famous book store which closed in 2012) in Philadelphia, as part of Oz Fontecchio's Philadelphia Fantastic series. The reading comes from the beginning of the novel, which was published in November 2008 in Analog Magazine as a novelette, and which is in the 2012 ebook of The Plot to Save Socrates. (The ebook of Unburning Alexandria picks up the narrative right after.) Following the reading, I talk to Oz Fontecchio about time travel, and take questions from audience, including one from Gerry Elman. Thanks to Larry Robin, Ray Garman, Oz Fontecchio, Gerry Elman, Trevor Quachri, and Chuck Sterin, who in one way or another helped with this video, and to David Hartwell and Stan Schmidt, who helped with the print publications of The Plot to Save Socrates and Unburning Alexandria.
The Plot to Save Socrates on Kindle
Unburning Alexandria on Kindle
Chronica on Kindle
Category:Science Fiction -- posted at: 2:44am EST