Saturday, June 20, 2015

12 años de Laberinto

Celebramos con el Circo, a José Luis Martínez S. Editor de esta impía congregación literaria que es Laberinto y cómplice de todas las perversiones que involuntariamente genera mi obsesiva mano derecha. Felicidades querido José Luis!
El boceto. Inspirado en esta escultura cretense del British Museum
Bronze group of an acrobat somersaulting over a bull's head. The group is solid cast, in one piece, using the lost wax technique. The arms are not represented, but end in stumps: it is not clear whether this was by design or because the bronze did not flow into the extremities of the mould. Equally, the loss of the lower legs may have been due to a casting fault.



The Guardian 10 of the best crowdfunded literary projects

Kickstarting a books revolution: the literary crowdfunding boom

Authors, publishers and literary journals are all finding new ways of connecting directly to their readers – and their wallets – on online platforms such as Kickstarter. Marta Bausells examines the books industry’s new wave of social 
financing and picks 10 of the best literary crowdfunding projects
 An intriguing opening ... the first page of an illustrated 400th-anniversary edition of Don Quixote, one of the literary projects that are sourcing funds from readers online. Photograph: Restless Classics/Kickstarter
As the digital revolution gathers pace, the pressures on writers and publishers only increase. But authors, magazines and independent presses are starting to respond to the challenge of the online world by turning to the internet themselves, reaching out to readers through crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter.
Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has seen $70m pledged to projects in the site’s publishing category. But recent years have seen the number of successul books-related projects more than double, from 735 in 2011 to 2064 in 2014.
According to Kickstarter’s publishing outreach lead, Margot Atwell, the book industry has lagged behind gaming, technology and design, perhaps because “traditional publishing can be a little conservative and risk averse”. But “lately we’re seeing more authors and high profile publishers,” Atwell says. “They’re becoming a critical mass and people are starting to notice it more.”
Authors such as Eric Ries, previously published by Random House imprint Crown Business, are turning to the site as well. Ries posted an appeal on the site in March 2015 to fund a “250-page” book, The Leader’s Guide, which is due to be available exclusively to those who pledged money to the project. The $135,000 goal was reached within a day, with users signing up for additional “stretch” goals which have made it the best-funded book-project on the site after raiding more than $500,000 from more than 9,000 backers.
Literary magazines have found their place too – at the moment, McSweeney’s iscrowdfunding a “new wave of projects” – they’ve almost doubled their $150,000 target.
And crowdfunding is clearly a no-brainer for self-published writers of all stripes, Atwell argues, allowing indies to “test the waters for an idea, mobilise the fans. Not everyone asks for the entire cost of producing the book – for example, some authors ask for money for a copy editor or a cover designer”. The site also “helps build a community around a project, when it could otherwise be an isolating venture”, she adds.
Users respond well to projects which offer something a little different, such as the “little free libraries” appeal, or an app that explores Florence in the steps of Michelangelo, Atwell continues. “This is a way to do something a little bit different than just making a book and selling it. You can do that too, but these platforms give publishers the capacity to involve fans directly, and skip all the layers between the creator and the reader.”
And with users – and their pockets – playing such a vital role in the success of failure of each project, there’s little chance Kickstarter will find itself coopted into becoming a marketing tool for publishing conglomerates.
“This only works if backers respond,” Atwell explains. “If traditional publishers do projects that are really appealing to their fans, great – if someone were to use platform more cynically, readers are smart.”

10 of the best crowdfunded literary projects

Independent press Restless Books, a new publisher of world literature, is calling for funds to publish an illustrated edition of Cervantes’s classic with original illustrations by artist Eko, as well as a series of video lectures by Ilan Stavans, humanities professor and publisher of the press, and online book club discussions about all the books it publishes. [Goal: $20,000. Status: $20,864. successfully funded]
This city tour by publishing imprint Time Traveler Tours & Tales wants to build an interactive app that would guide users through Florence – more specifically, through the streets and sites in which Michelangelo lived and worked. [Goal: $40,000. Status: open]
Starting as a pop-up library created by a teacher in Wisconsin, Little Free Librarieshas scattered more than 25,000 mini libraries around the world in the last five years. They launched a crowdfunding campaign to install hundreds more libraries and create resources for teachers and communities, “so that nobody has to live in a world without books”. They reached their goal a few weeks ago. By the way: here’s a Guardian article on how to start your own, if you’re so inclined. [Goal: 50,000. Status: successfully funded]
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A mini library. Photograph: Little Free Library/Kickstarter
It is a truth universally acknowledged that black cats, if cute, are damn difficult to photograph – and also to accurately draw, as the illustrator Peter Arkle and writer Amy Goldwasser found out when designing their own Christmas card. Their hand-drawn and hand-written book, All Black Cats Are Not Alike, featuring 50 different, hand-drawn black cats, has reached its funding goal – with the added user-generated-content bonus of letting their backers choose 48 out of the 50 cats (the couple’s own are non-negotiable). [Goal: 28,000. Status: successfully funded]
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A mockup of All Black Cats Are Not Alike.
Writer Ben Aitken has been retracing Bill Bryson’s journey across the UK, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of his Notes from a Small Island – and he’s kept a journal of his travels, where he draws comparisons between Britain then and now. [Goal: $8,000. Status: successfully funded]
fishermen antho
 The anthology Anchored in Deep Water
A seven-book anthology, Anchored in Deep Water has just been printed after successfully raising more than $10,000. It comprises prose and songs, all written by working fishermen and women. [Goal: $10,000. Status: successfully funded]
This is an example of an author who is published by a traditional house taking to Kickstarter – and it’s also the most-funded book project in the platform so far. The campaign consisted of an exclusive book only to be made available to his pledgers, and raised more than $500,000 – an interesting publishing experiment.[Goal: $135,000Status: successfully funded]
Independent press and magazine McSweeney’s turned to its fans to fund a “next wave” of projects, from producing magazines including the Believer or podcasts like The Organist to publishing books like That Thing You Do with Your Mouth. With rewards that range from a thank-you letter in Comic Sans to exclusive posters of San Francisco by Paul Madonna, the team comfortably reached their goal ahead of the campaign’s closure. [Goal: $150,000. Status: successfully funded]
This new German magazine aims to look at topics of social change over time, and for its first issue it has chosen the internet itself. So get ready to travel back to the early days of digital and jump forward to imagine the web in 2096. A new concept is promised for every issue. Intriguing. [Goal: 30,000€. Status: open]
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A timeline of the future internet ... from The Future Chronicles
Reading Rainbow was a beloved US television programme that aired between 1983 and 2006, and which taught kids reading skills and attitudes. LeVar Burton, its presenter, launched a campaign last year to bring it back through a web application. It raised more than $5m, and the project just launched its new website[Goal: $1,000,000Status: successfully funded]

A Sneak Peek of Eko's Phantasmagorical Illustrations for Don Quixote

When Mexican engraver and painter Eko set out to illustrate our 400th-anniversary commemorative edition of Don Quixote, he decided that the classic iconography made famous by Dalí, Doré, and Picasso was all derivative of itself, and needed to be reinvented. "Artists who have gotten into Don Quixote are not seeing El Quijote: they see other artists making El Quijote. It’s a dialogue that has been several centuries in the making and that is not yet over. I was not interested in entering that tradition."
In an interview with Alejandro Toledo on Milenio.com, Eko talks about his process and inspiration in coming up with twenty radically original engravings that recapture the sublime strangeness of Cervantes's classic. Setting aside artistic tradition, Eko began from a direct reading of Don Quixote. A delirious story generated delirious engravings. “The anecdotes are inventions from the character’s fantastic imagination. They are attributed to madness because at that time creation was limited to theology. The creation in Don Quixote is an exercise of a pure creation that inspires us,” Eko says.
Below, take a sneak peek at the first 10 of Eko's original illustrations for the book, along with corresponding excerpts from the John Ormsby translation. 
 "I would have thee to know, Sancho, that it is the glory of knights-errant to go without eating for a month, and even when they do eat, that it should be of what comes first to hand; and this would have been clear to thee hadst thou read as many histories as I have, for, though they are very many, among them all I have found no mention made of knights-errant eating, unless by accident or at some sumptuous banquets prepared for them, and the rest of the time they passed in dalliance."
 He was so positive they were giants that he neither heard the cries of Sancho, nor perceived, near as he was, what they were, but made at them shouting, "Fly not, cowards and vile beings, for a single knight attacks you."
He became so absorbed in his books that he spent his nights from sunset to sunrise, and his days from dawn to dark, poring over them; and what with little sleep and much reading his brains got so dry that he lost his wits. His fancy grew full of what he used to read about in his books, enchantments, quarrels, battles, challenges, wounds, wooings, loves, agonies, and all sorts of impossible nonsense; and it so possessed his mind that the whole fabric of invention and fancy he read of was true, that to him no history in the world had more reality in it.
In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.
 Her name was Aldonza Lorenzo, and upon her he thought fit to confer the title of Lady of his Thoughts; and after some search for a name which should not be out of harmony with her own, and should suggest and indicate that of a princess and great lady, he decided upon calling her Dulcinea del Toboso—she being of El Toboso—a name, to his mind, musical, uncommon, and significant, like all those he had already bestowed upon himself and the things belonging to him.
Presently he broke out again, as if he were love-stricken in earnest, "O Princess Dulcinea, lady of this captive heart, a grievous wrong hast thou done me to drive me forth with scorn, and with inexorable obduracy banish me from the presence of thy beauty. O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee." So he went on stringing together these and other absurdities, all in the style of those his books had taught him, imitating their language as well as he could.
Don Quixote at once asked the landlord what this Master Pedro was, and what was the show and what was the ape he had with him; which the landlord replied, "This is a famous puppet-showman, who for some time past has been going about this Mancha de Aragon, exhibiting a show of the release of Melisendra by the famous Don Gaiferos, one of the best and best-represented stories that have been seen in this part of the kingdom for many a year; he has also with him an ape with the most extraordinary gift ever seen in an ape or imagined in a human being; for if you ask him anything, he listens attentively to the question, and then jumps on his master's shoulder, and pressing close to his ear tells him the answer which Master Pedro then delivers.
 “Some play emperors, others popes,” said Don Quixote, “and, in short, all the characters that can be brought into a play; but when it is over, that is to say when life ends, death strips them all of the garments that distinguish one from the other, and all are equal in the grave." 
"A fine comparison!" said Sancho; "though not so new but that I have heard it many and many a time, as well as that other one of the game of chess; how, so long as the game lasts, each piece has its own particular office, and when the game is finished they are all mixed, jumbled up and shaken together, and stowed away in the bag, which is much like ending life in the grave." 
"Thou art growing less doltish and more shrewd every day, Sancho," said Don Quixote.
 'For a long time now, O valiant knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, we who are here enchanted in these solitudes have been hoping to see thee, that thou mayest make known to the world what is shut up and concealed in this deep cave, called the cave of Montesinos, which thou hast entered, an achievement reserved for thy invincible heart and stupendous courage alone to attempt. Come with me, illustrious sir, and I will show thee the marvels hidden within this transparent castle, whereof I am the alcaide and perpetual warden; for I am Montesinos himself, from whom the cave takes its name.'
 I was taken, covered with wounds; El Uchali, as you know, sirs, made his escape with his entire squadron, and I was left a prisoner in his power, the only sad being among so many filled with joy, and the only captive among so many free.

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