Friday, September 28, 2007
One of the joys of the web is browsing the blogs, and other sites just smelling the roses. I think we should be slowing our experience of the web down, not trying to speed it up in some attempt to see everything as quickly as possible. It's a big world/web out there and we are never going to see all of it, so instead enjoy the bits you can see, and take your time enjoying them.
Lets take the rush out of life, and stop to smell the roses.
- I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me - Charles Darwin
- Edgar Allan Poe's prose is unreadable - like Jane Austen's. No, there is a difference. I could read his prose on a salary, but not Jane's - Mark Twain
- Ulysses is the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples - Virginia Woolf
- Henry James has a mind so fine that no idea could violate it - T S Elliot
- Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms - G K Chesterton
- It was a bad play saved by a bad performance - George S Kaufman
- Gertrude Stein was a past master in making nothing happen very slowly - Clifton Fadiman
- Truman Capote has made lying an art. A minor art - Gore Vidal
- J D Salinger is the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school - Norman Mailer
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a bad novelist and a fool. The combination usually makes for great popularity in the US - Gore Vidal
- The g is silent - the only thing about her that is - Julia Burchill on Camille Paglia
Thursday, September 27, 2007
These are all things I think everyone should have either read or listened to.
Frank Herbert - Dune
Alan Moore - Watchmen
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971
Monday, September 24, 2007
- Neal Asher - Hilldiggers
- Mike Davis - Buda's Wagon. A Brief History of the Car Bomb
- Ian C Esslemont - Night of Knives
- Christopher Fowler - The Water Room
- William Langewiesche - The Atomic Bazaar
- Christopher Moore - The Stupidest Angel
- Mark Millar - The Ultimates 2. Grand Theft America
- Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives
Books I have not enjoyed at all:
- Mike Carey - Ultimate Fantastic Four vol. 7
- Mark Edmunson - Why Read?
- Michael Grose - XYZ. The New Rules of Generational Warfare
- Myriam Miedzian - Boys Will Be Boys
Friday, September 21, 2007
Just make sure you keep quiet when this librarian asks you to.
Ouch, that hurt...don't point them at me!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I was impressed by how much fun they still were, plus they brought up fun memories of reading them as a kid.
Now I'm not saying the plots are terribly complex, but the idea that the reader could choose how they wanted to approach the story is an interesting one, and trying to bring that to a solo adventure is also an interesting one.
So I'll continue to relive a part of my childhood and enjoy the other books in the series.
Monday, September 17, 2007
As the library undertakes a self-learning course designed to teach librarians about the wonders of the Web, and its amazing ability to engage I will be called upon to comment on my blog about my experiences. So ...
OK we're only up to week three but I'm sure something will come to me. Maybe if I sit and stare at the computer I'll be inspired. This is starting to feel like an episode of Californication without the sex, smoking, and bestselling author bit. But the writer's block I can relate to.
Hmmmmmm. Stay tuned and I'll think of something...I promise...really I will...don't go it'll get better...come back!
Hello....Hello, anyone there.
Damn it is this thing on?...
Friday, September 14, 2007
You're Prufrock and Other Observations!
by T.S. Eliot
Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic
and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying
to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really
heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.
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