Punchcard: Who You Gonna Call? Ghostwriters!

Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter responsible for The Art of the Deal—and he seems to think, Donald Trump himself—has come forward to say that he pretty much hates Donald Trump and is sorry he wrote the book. One of his grudges seems to be that Trump claimed to have written the book that Mr. Schwartz himself…


Punchcard: Reading on the ‘Net

In our last Punchcard, we talked about the virtues of reading (books mostly). This week, we’re talking about one of books’ chief competitors—after streaming video, Pokemon Go, and competitive bass fishing. Namely, reading on the Internet. Since springing fully formed from the loins of Al Gore in the nineteen-nineties, the Internet has become a vast, ever-changing repository of written…


Punchcard: On Reading

Readers sometimes have an uncertain relationship with the act of reading. We want it to be good for us—we want there to be some moral/mental/spiritual justification for the fact that we spend our leisure time losing ourselves in someone else’s words. Couldn’t you argue, after all, that reading encourages empathy? And we could all use…

June 24, 2016
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Copy Past Copy Past

Punchcard: Plagiarism

Time for another exciting Punch Card, in which we talk about things other people have written and add some text and links to jazz things up. Today, we’re taking on plagiarism and coming back with a shocking recommendation: Don’t do it.

June 17, 2016
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JL-Marks-pirate JL-Marks-pirate

Punchcard: Do You Pay for Content?

Time to get another punch on your Punchnel’s Punchcard. This one’s about stuff we get for free and what that costs everyone involved.

June 10, 2016
Written By:
Kirk/Spock Kirk/Spock

Punchcard: Fan Fiction

In today’s Punchcard round up, we’re focused on fan fiction—the good, the bad, and the badly shipped.