Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind! Every few weeks we’ll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns and reviews from the Literary Mama archives relating to a particular theme. We live in a veritable digital wonderland of screens, and they are often both a blessing and a curse. How does technology play into the lives of mothers and our digital-age children? This month’s collection aims to answer that.
- How to be a Cybermom: Successful Real-Life Avoidance through Obsessive Internet Use by Meagan Francis in Creative Nonfiction
I never thought I had an addictive personality until the time I stayed up all night watching an online spat.
- Animation Moms by Karen Braucher in Poetry
With twenty-first century technology, my daughter’s / crimped, arthritic dragon / flies above autumnal trees
- Facebook Fail by Marjorie Osterhout from the Column Dear Marjo
Facebook! It’s a blessing and a curse.
- Selfie Love by Marjorie Osterhout from the Column Dear Marjo
I’ve heard a lot about cyberbullying, and I don’t think this is it. My daughter isn’t frightened, just upset—which is why she showed me the comments in the first place.
- Reading, Technology, Intimacy by Rebecca Steinitz from the Column How Does Your Bookshelf Grow?
I try not to predict the future, as I’m not very good at it, but I think it’s safe to say that I will get an e-reader in 2011 — and so will everyone else.
- Missing Links by Stephanie Hunt from the Column Great Green Room
Even so, I love that back to school feeling, the scent of promise, that unmistakable mix of pencil shavings, chalk dust and Lysol in the air. The school hallways gleam with freshly waxed floors, the classrooms are clean and clutter-free, and the principal is all smiles as she stands by the newly decked out computer lab, thrilled to show off the school’s new Macs.
- Op-Ed: Don’t Let Social Media Make You Feel Inadequate by Wendy Hassett on the Blog
Online, we gain little glimpses into the lives of others, feeling a part of everything from major life events like births and weddings to the mundane and the trivial.
- A Conversation with Shebooks’ Editorial Director Laura Fraser by Lisa Lynne Lewis in Profiles
Shebooks’ online catalog includes a mix of fiction, memoir, and journalism, with each e-book designed to be read in one to two hours. Fraser recently spoke with Lisa Lynne Lewis about the company’s first year of operation, the need to boost visibility for women writers, and the influence of Eat, Pray, Love.