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Tuesday, November 02, 2021

A week ago, I posted a little something about the upcoming release of Berkeley Breathed’s compilation of Opus comic strips.

The next day, I got an email from a marketing person at Time Warner Book Group. TWBG includes Little, Brown and Company, the publisher of “OPUS: 25 Years of His Sunday Best”. Based on my post, she offered to send me a review copy of the book.

I accepted. And today, in my mailbox, I recieved the book.

Yes, feel free to inject a “power of blogging” anecdote here. I’m getting a review copy, something once reserved only for writers at newspapers, magazines and other “old media” outlets. Obviously, it’s a sign that at least one publisher (a real big one, at that) sees value in getting some online, grassroots buzz going for a book. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who was extended such an offer.

Hold back the hyperbole a bit, though. The traditional media isn’t going to die anytime soon. They’re going to remain a necessary foundation for any marketing efforts in publishing and other sectors. Blogs serve as a potentially potent supplement to the mix, offering something akin to word-of-mouth cred. Handled adroitly, they can be a nice boost.

I think this development is worthy of a more in-depth interview with the folks at TWBG, to get a good idea of their online marketing strategy. I think I’ll try to set that up for next week. If it’s successful, I’ll post it here.

As for “OPUS”, I’ll read it over the next couple of days, and post a review here by the weekend. I think I’ll enjoy it.

I got an unexpected bonus book, shipped along with “OPUS”: “The Crisis : The President, the Prophet, and the Shah — 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam”, by David Harris. Not what I’d consider a companion set of books (disregarding the political forays often taken by Breathed). I guess I’ll also review this book, but it’ll take longer to get through. It’s not that I don’t like the subject matter — history and political science were my academic specialities — but at the moment, I can’t see diving into it before sometime late next week.

So, to all you other bloggers: Take note. You never know who’s reading your stuff, and you never can tell what your scribblings might yield.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/02/2021 10:22pm
Category: Publishing
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fun in the sun
I know I’m not the only person in Tampa Bay who owns an iPod. But sometimes, I wonder. I never see anyone else toting one around town. By contrast, when I pass through New York City, I manage to spot at least one every block.

But now, I know for sure: There are at least a few others in Hillsborough and Pinellas who cherish their little white music boxes.

Regrettably, the tone of the article is fairly tech-ignorant (sorry, Gina). From reading it, you’d get the impression that the iPod was newly discovered, instead of being around for nearly four years. Makes the Bay area seem less than hip.

What’s on some locals’ playlists?

“As a typical gay male, I have every recording by Madonna,” [Marc] Villalobos says, laughing. He also has plenty of tunes by Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s and Duran Duran.

A favorite song? Union of the Snake.

Um… That happens to be on my iPod too, and it’s also one of my favorites.

Maybe I’d better make sure to hook up this weekend. Yes, with a girl.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/02/2021 09:49pm
Category: Florida Livin', Pop Culture, iPod
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I have $300 in cash in my wallet this morning, the result of a couple IOUs being paid.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had that much green actually on me. I enthusiastically use my plastic in every possible situation; it’s just more convenient (in most situations). I try not to carry more than $40 in bills at any one time.

There used to be something about having the real-deal money in my grubby little paws. It felt more tangible, more connected to me, versus a bank account that I had only electronic contact with. Even though, comparatively, it’s not really that much, just having it directly on-hand used to make me feel flushed with funds.

Now? It’s just a modest stack of paper, making my wallet feel fat. Most of it’s going to the bank at noon, so it’ll become just as ethereal as my paycheck. Not that I’m complaining.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/02/2021 10:05am
Category: General
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