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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
How to Write for the Papers is subtitled 'a guide for the young author.' First published in 1912, this is a third edition from 1925, and in this context, 'papers' means not only newsprint, but the fiction and non-fiction publications that were devoured by huge markets in the UK and US (and Europe too). It's unclear how much of this advice is pertinent today.

In the first half of the twentieth century, London was awash with specialist publications, weekly and fortnightly papers that provided a steady diet of derring do, adventure, non-fiction and what we now call 'human interest.' The gazetteer of names and addresses at the back of How to... lists 33 daily papers, 86 weekly papers and 37 fortnightly ones, almost all of which were based in central London, especially EC4 and WC2 (Farringdon and Covent Garden). Just one of the fortnightlies seems to have survived as a monthly magazine (Good Housekeeping), the rest have all vanished (although names occasionally get recycled).

In the days before widespread photojournalism - and articles built around things you could buy - the stock in trade of the 'paper' was the story, be they 'bright and thrilling' (Red Magazine, a Fleetway publication) or 'true stories of a startling nature' (Wide World Magazine, based just off the Strand). Romance and religion were both popular, but Albert E.Bull's book had no time for the disreputable ('contributions should be of good high tone and avoid the sordid and ultra-sensational', he notes of the magazine Quiver. That said, you could always turn to old stand-bys like the Boy's Own Paper for tales like 'Chased by Wolves!'.

Alternatively, build-it-yourself instructions (how to build yourself an all-wave ether ranger) were hugely popular (a bit like Make Magazine?). Or even 'Strange Weapons, and Stranger Ways of Using Them. Crucially, Bull notes that 'sordid and "gory" tales are rigidly banned.'

American short story publications were even more prevalent - search for
American periodicals on this page. They tended to be a bit more 'hard-boiled' than their English equivalents - like Black Mask - or, alternatively, even soppier (Modern Priscilla). See also the Fiction Mags list and the magazine list at Galactic Central, which attempts to chronicle some 6,000 publications and this page on story papers.

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Other things. Another page on the Maunsell Sea Forts (see yesterday), which are apparently the subject of a 3m rescue project. The structures also crop up on the cover of Architecture of Aggression, subtitled 'military architecture two World Wars' (our copy was last taken out of Cleveland County Libraries on 14 February 1979). Published by the Architectural Press in 1973, the book covers topics like the Fortresses of Liege, the Albert Speer designed Flak Towers in Vienna and the vast tunnel network known as Mittelwerk, where concentration camp inmates were forced to make V2 rockets - any many thousands died to create the precursor to the Apollo programme.

The poetry of Anna Akhmatova (mp3s, in Russian) / satellite photos of the US / the Eureka Tower, Australia / Colors magazine on the cult of the fan / designsponge, a design weblog / the photos of Joey Harrison / Quarlo photographs NYC. Love it / we love gigposters / Rod Baird's Ancient Routes, a guide to 'the ancient trade routes around the Mediterranean' / crafty things at supernaturale / Everquest Daily Grind: addiction in the world of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (and a collision detection piece on a way out of the problem in Slate).

Rick Poynor, editor of Eye magazine on the design monograph, in particular the book 3D>2D by The Designers Republic, essentially a monograph accompanying Sadar Vuga Arhitekti's Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Llubljana. A great building, undeniably, but ultimately 'a slender idea graphically inflated to attention-grabbing proportions.'