Busting The eBook Bias: Five Reasons Why ‘Pizza for Good’ Can And Will Break The Media-coverage Glass Ceiling

Will Pollock has a post up on why Pizza for Good can and will help break the media bias against eBooks. Here’s an excerpt:

You might call it an ebook-marketing manifesto. You might call it a plea. You might also call it a pipe dream.

Whatever you think after reading, one thing is for sure: local and national media turn their noses up at eBooks, and it’s time to shift that paradigm. If traditional books may be on the decline statistically—with eBook readership rising—news outlets haven’t gotten that memo. Too many good ebooks are going un-covered, unloved and un-bought. And my first eBook, “Pizza for Good,” is as good as any to break the mold. “PFG” can and will give enterprising, altruistic folks a fun way to raise money for causes that need it.

Click over to Will’s blog to see the post, and please share with your friends as often as possible.

Christmas Comes Once a Week with ‘Pizza Fridays’

Sam Howe (via PMQ magazine)

Sam Howe (via PMQ magazine)

Sam Howe might want to invest in a durable Santa suit. Known by the Twitter handle @melip0ne, Howe helps a chosen-few followers kick off the best weekend ever—with a free large pizza pie on Fridays. The only prerequisite? Be a follower, and interact. From the PMQ story:

Every Friday I get a pizza pie for one of my Twitter pals. This is generally the answer I give when asked: It started when one of my pals on Twitter, @laineydiamond, tweeted something about not having lunch or dinner. I don’t entirely remember what she said. I wanted to get her lunch/dinner, and that’s when I first thought, “Wait a minute, I could probably send her a pizza from here (NYC).” She lives in Michigan. It felt so good getting her a pizza that I decided to do it every Friday for a person at random (almost, anyway) for no other reason than that it was weird/cool.

How does he pay for his “Random Acts of Pizzaness”? Out of “my pocket,” as he told the magazine. And he doesn’t do it to impress—only for the chance to make someone’s day.

I don’t do it to be ostentatious. It’s not even about me at all. It’s all about the simple fact that you can send a pizza to anyone, anywhere, at almost any time and make people feel special and happy. Part of the fun for me is explaining to whoever is taking the order exactly what I’m doing. Some people ask why, some people are confused, and some people just say “Wow, that’s rad!” It’s really an enjoyable experience for anyone involved.

Which is exactly what a day like Christmas *should be for, right?

(Image above from Sam Howe via PMQ Pizza Magazine)

We May Be ‘Falling Behind Badly’, But Ethan Brown Is Making Math Cool

You may have seen the sad news recently that, compared to the rest of the world, U.S.-student scholastic aptitude is lagging way behind other countries. Our plight is summed up well by Fareed Zakaria:

“While we’re walking around going nowhere on a people mover, the rest of the world is on an escalator. In a context in which everyone else is playing to win, we’re falling behind badly.”

While our performance in reading and science is flat, our math scores specifically have fallen behind other countries who’ve tilted the teaching equation in their favor.

"Pi" in process

“Pi” in process

But someone is working to bend that U.S. math curve upward. His name is Ethan Brown, and his “Mathemagics” is featured in “Pizza for Good” – in the chapter simply called “Pi.” (Sidebar: that cherry-butter base topping recipe is to die for – the book is worth buying just for that.) Here’s a sample of Ethan at work:

He backs up his stellar performance skills with a “giving back” attitude, too, which is why he appears in the pages of PFG. Here’s an excerpt directly from the book:

For his bar mitzvah community service project, he set a world record by reciting 2,102 digits of the number Tau, also known as 2 pi, and earned $3,000 for the Bethel Public Library.

“When I first did community service for my bar mitzvah, I really wanted to do something big for the community, and I thought it would be really cool if I could integrate my passion for showing people that math is fun, and even incorporate some magic into a whole event, and this idea came to me to promote the idea of Tau at the same time.

“I got up and did a mathematics show for them,” he recounts during our chat in the Browns’ Basement. “And we had a magician come down from Boston. He did sort of a sideshow thing, where he laid down on the bed of nails, he hammered a nail up his nose, that type of thing.”

“I do that every weekday,” I replied.

Ethan Brown, Mathemagician and subject of the PFG chapter, "Pi"

Ethan Brown, Mathemagician, and subject of the PFG chapter, “Pi”

I saw Ethan strut his stuff first hand at a conference in Atlanta, to raucous applause, which led me to see the possibility of us shaking off our issues with math in this country—particularly when we make it fun.

I want to show people that math is fun and interesting, especially because America’s dropped to 32nd in the world in mathematics,” he says. “That’s a problem that needs to be addressed, and entertaining people with math should help that. People are impressed by it usually. And, of course, that’s cool. But I also want them to see the beneficial side of it as well.

Amen.

Tweet this post to @pizzaforgood using the hashtag #GoodRising. Remember, we have a December Party Challenge out there for folks who want to throw a PFG-powered bash. Get started now: buy the book on Amazon and on the Agate Digital website, and make sure to tell us how you did on the PFG Facebook page.

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Pizza for Good is an inspiring and wildly entertaining cookbook, memoir, and philanthropic guide to building local community through food. Will Pollock, the founder of the charitable artists’ collaborative ARTvision and an Atlanta-based writer, has created 20 unique recipes for specialty pizzas that emphasize locally sourced ingredients and come with a buffet of helpful kitchen tips.

But Pizza for Good is also a funny, moving, and thought-provoking series of stories about Pollock’s personal experience in creating a philanthropic arts organization and his community-building efforts as achieved through pizza. His aim is to not only give readers brand new ways to think about their favorite food, but to offer straightforward advice on how they can start their own “Pizza for Good” events for the causes that mean the most to them.