Links Related To Books

2001 Nov 1 The Devil and Sonny Liston
Kendall Clark wants me to read this book. He says it's the sort of book Norman Mailer would write, if he could write.»
2002 May 15 The Rotter's Club
Suggested by a friend; has a group of kids who form an art-rock band called “Gandalf's Pikestaff.”»
Aug 30 Augustus Carp, Esq: by Himself
I've just begun to read this amusing novel about an annoying man.»
Oct 2 Children's Books Online
Rapidly expanding collection of scanned children's books, from the turn of last century.»
Neat collection of essays by John Bart Gerald, drawings by Julie Maas - Nonviolence, Schweitzer, Neruda, and the U.N. Declaration on Genocide, well-written and packaged simply for the web (available in a nice print edition, if you have a spare US$35.00).»
2003 Jan 23 ESP: Electronic Scholarly Publishing
Great online pub site, plenty of books on genetics and other sciences, as well as the essays of Francis Bacon entire.»
Jan 29 Have You Read This Movie?
Neat list of books upon which recent films are based, with summaries.»
Beginnings and Endings
A collection of the opening and closing sentences of a few famous works.»
Mar 4 The case against Conrad
Chinua Achebe on Heart of Darkness: "Yes, you will notice that the European traders have 'tainted' souls, Marlow has a 'pure' soul, but I am to accept that mine is 'rudimentary'?" He shakes his head. "Towards the end of the 19th century, there was a very short-lived period of ambivalence about the certainty of this colonising mission, and Heart of Darkness falls into this period. But you cannot compromise my humanity in order that you explore your own ambiguity. I cannot accept that. My humanity is not to be debated, nor is it to be used simply to illustrate European problems." »
Apr 11 You can only read this if you're in Australia!
Texts with expired Australian copyrights, but illegal to read, in this public domain form in the U.S. Leacock, Keynes, Woolf. And lots of Orwell.»
2004 Jan 27 In The Margins of The Past
Marginalia in the manuscripts of the Vatican library, some by Petrarch.»


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10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

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Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

Antilunchism, by Paul Ford. Snack trams. (May 11)

Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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