On The Menu: Classic Literature For The Facebook Generation


Today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast featured freelance writer and author Sarah Schmelling, who has written the social media satire “Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook.”

Schmelling spoke with hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about how she came up with the idea for her book, which envisions what famous literary characters and works would look like translated into Facebook news feeds, profile pages, groups and events. She talked about submitting a piece first to McSweeney’s, which has become a go-to place for comedy writers although it doesn’t pay for the work it publishes.

“A lot of writers, especially right now, really want to get paid,” Schmelling said. “But I would argue, especially after this experience, that just being published online like that in a place that a lot of people are going to see is so worth it. It really doesn’t matter that they don’t pay anything…I would really recommend that anyone submit there.”

Also discussed: Congressman Joe Wilson’s inappropriate outburst during President Barack Obama’s speech on health care reform last night and Wilson’s subsequent Twitter celebrity and MTV’s recent hire of a Twitter correspondent, iJustine.

You can learn more about Schmelling and her book at www.maidenswhodontfloat.

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