Fee-For-Review vrs Vanity Review Overview

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Probably one of the most controversial topics still in the book publishing industry is the idea of an author (or publicist) paying for a review of their book. It’s an offshoot of the self-publishing versus publishing industry argument that comes from the old vanity presses of the past.

A vanity press, for the younger readers, was a publishing company that would charge an author for the entire print run of a book. The publisher might make attempts to sell the book, but their profit had already been taken in the print run of the book (and sometimes ongoing storage fees of the unsold books). The publisher often kept rights to the book, provided little to no support (cover design, marketing, etc.), or charged excessive fees for those services...

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The anti-Obama: Trump’s drive to destroy his predecessor’s legacy

From the Iran deal to TPP to climate change, the whole thing that animates and unites his policy views is antipathy towards Obama

When Donald Trump pulled out of the deal to curb Irans nuclear ambitions, hardline conservatives celebrated, European leaders winced and Barack Obama made a rare, lengthy public statement.

Trumps decision was misguided and a serious mistake, Obama said, as his signature foreign policy achievement was tossed away.

It was just the latest example of Trumps all-out assault on the Obama legacy. From climate change to criminal justice to international relations, rarely has one occupant of the Oval Office appeared so obsessed with taking a chainsaw to the work of another.

Tommy Vietor, a former national security council spokesman under Obama, told the Guardian: The wh...

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The Rock couldn’t make it to her prom. So he hijacked her school’s PA system instead.

Ever consider inviting a celebrity to your prom?

It’s almost become a tradition: teens shouting out requests on Twitter and Instagram, hoping their plaintive cries (a limo! a full meal at Olive Garden! dancing till dawn!) will catch the hearts of their favorite celeb.

Most of the time, there’s no response. Sometimes, these promposals are (rightly) criticized.

This year, though? Something amazing happened when one Minnesota senior invited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to prom.

In a Twitter video posted in mid-April, Katie Kelzenberg — dressed in her own version of one of The Rock’s most iconic looks (yeah, I’m talking jeans and fanny pack) — laid out the reasons Johnson should come to prom with her.

Her tone? A strong attempt at the “smoldering confidence is my superpower” that Johnson is ...

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A Young Chicago Chef Pursues Wood-Fired Perfection

The James Beard Awards are often referred to as the "Oscars of the food world," and while Chicago chef Erling Wu-Bower has been nominated for three of them, he's lost all three.

"I'm like Susan Lucci!" he jokes, referring to the soap opera star who didn't pick up her first Emmy until she'd earned her 19th nomination.

At the Windy City's Experimental Station, a space which Wu-Bower uses as a test kitchen and where he hosts pop-up dinners, he gives me a preview of the food that will end up on tables at his soon-to-open restaurant, Pacific Standard Time. There will almost certainly be more nominations in his future, but really, I just want to be there when the doors open.

PST's opening will mark a big departure for the chef; he's switching from jobs where he was a precision-cooking disciple ...

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Why Your Willpower Doesn’t Stand A Chance Against The Munchies

There’s a reason Ben & Jerry’s sells a “Euphori-Lock” that protects you from opening your pint of ice cream without entering a combination.

Weed inspires a voracious hunger that’s nearly impossible to suppress. It’s because marijuana plays a number of games on your brain and your gut, all adding up to the perfect storm of unstoppable munchies. It’s about time we understood them.

Weed triggers your brain to think you’re hungry

It’s been well-documented that the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, stimulates appetite.

But a 2014 study published in Nature Neuroscience further explains the phenomenon, citing that mice exposed to THC had a significantly stronger ability to smell their food, leading them to eat more of it. 

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A New Cookbook Takes Us Deep Into the World of the Instant Pot

A few years back, in that now-forgotten time before Instant Pots were a thing, I reviewed an electric pressure cooker and struggled mightily with it. It was supposed to be a safe, fast way to speed up cooking and promised to make slow-cooker style dinners appear in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, stovetop pressure cooker cookbooks didn't really work for their slightly-less-powerful electric counterparts, and this one came with a mini-cookbook with recipes that tended to flop.

Flash forward to last fall when Instant Pot Mania was in full swing and I put the company's Ultra cooker (a souped up version of their classic Duo) at the top of my Christmas list. Once I popped it out of the box, though, I quickly realized that sub-par manuals and not-so-great included recipes are par for the course.

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Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink

If you drain your pasta water through a colander and down the sink, you’re throwing away an invaluable asset that cooks call “liquid gold.”

(The term “liquid gold” has also been used to refer to wood cleaner, hair products and of course, urine. For the love of God, please don’t confuse pasta water with any of these.)

Because pasta is made of flour, it releases starch into the cooking water as it boils, creating a white, cloudy liquid that we often deem “dirty” and then dump down the sink.

Big mistake. That’s the liquid gold we’re talking about.

Why would you want to keep that cloudy liquid, you may ask? Because it’ll help emulsify and thicken your sauce. Now you’re probably wondering, “But why would I want to emulsify my sauce? Who even cares?”

Emulsification makes a difference,...

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Gun maker Remington files for bankruptcy

Firearms manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company has filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of falling sales and lawsuits stemming from the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

According to the Journal, Remington announced that it would file for Chapter 11 last month but the actual filing was delayed after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.

The paper reported that Remington officials plan to hand over the reins to its creditors in exchange for writing off most of the company’s debt...

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The Creepy-Crawly Reason You Should Take A Close Look At Your Paprika

Don’t bug out, but you really should give your paprika a closer look before you toss it into your next recipe. It could be totally fine, but it could also be a cozy home to a colony of insects.

There are all sorts of pantry pests that can invade your kitchen. You may have heard about flour beetles that eat their way out of bags of flour and multiply by the hundreds. (I once returned from Thanksgiving vacation to find this delightful surprise in my kitchen.) You’ll also find insects in spices, and among the most susceptible to insect manifestation are pepper-based spices like paprika, cayenne and chili powder.

Many cooks know the horror of opening a jar of paprika to find it moving. Sometimes the culprits are tiny black bugs, while other times it’s little worms (more on that below)...

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5 Weird Realities Of Composing Music For Movies And Ads

If you don’t think professional composers are important, observe the grand ending of Star Wars with John Williams’ score removed:

Creating background music specifically designed to manipulate your emotions is a job that’s both harder and weirder than you’d probably think. We talked to composers John Keltonic, Jonathan David Russell, and Thomas O’Boyle, who told us how …

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A Two-Note Chime Can Take A Ridiculous Amount Of Effort

You’ll probably hear a hundred electronic tones today from various gadgets — your phone, your car, your microwave — and never thought about the poor bastards behind the scenes who obsessed over getting those tones just right...

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3D-printed pixelated sushi is the only kind of sushi that matters now

Sushi looks even tastier when it's pixelated.
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What’s better than delicious sushi? How about 3D-printed sushi that looks like it belongs in an 8-bit video game?

At SXSW, Open Meals showed off a “Pixel Food Printer” that 3D prints edible pixelated sushi. It’s some real next-level #foodstagram stuff.

The guys at Open Meals want to do for food what Apple did for digital music: make it easy to download — or in this case “teleport” — food from anywhere in the world.

Food Base is basically the iTunes of 3D printable food.

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To achieve this, they’ve created two key components...

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