Twitter-view? Tweet-a-Tweet?

Are you ready to  join in a little experiment?  Then come along with me on Twitter as I interview David Pogue -- the prolific author, New York Times technology columnist and maker of occasional music videos


His new book,  The World According to Twitter is nothing like his popular series of Missing Manuals  -- it's a one of a kind book, compiled solely of contributions from the many Twitter users who "follow" his stream of updates.  Since Twitter posts or "tweets" are limited to just 140 characters, David asked questions -- ranging from the whimsical ("Make up a clever title for the sequel to a famous movie.") to the heartfelt ("You've lived your life this far. What have you learned?") and challenged readers to compress their responses into tiny packages.  The result is a "crowdsourced" compendium of wit and wisdom -- not all of it for the ages, but nearly every page contains an unexpected pleasure.


The results are not only a gas to read, but it's thought-provoking to think about what it means to distill a concept, or an experience, into just a few words.    And in the spirit of the book, David Pogue has agreed to join me in a conversation of sorts, via the very same platform he harvested it from.  So, on Twitter, follow these two accounts @bnreviewer and @poguebook  and you'll get both of our sides of the conversation.


Note: Our conversation will begin at 3:30 PM Eastern Time, today.  So come join us!



April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."