24-Hour Bookclub

[24-Hour Bookclub](24-Hour Bookclub is a reading flashmob organized by Diana Kimball and Max Temkin. Every few months, we pick a book, read it in one day, and talk about it on the internet.) is a reading flashmob organized by Diana Kimball and Max Temkin. Every…

Recent Reading

A nice thing about being on the road is that there’s a lot of time to read. (And to watcha lot of TV series, but that’s another story.) Here are some quick recommendations: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion We are imperfect mortal…

Recent Reading

FWIW, some thoughts from the latest batch of reading: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Set in a decaying Californian…

End of Summer Reading

Summer has come and gone, but it didn’t leave without a few good reads. I’d just like to share some books; you might find them a worthy consolation for the departed sun. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. Picked up this South African sci-fi/crime noir thanks…

Kindle-Powered Summer Reading

This is a short post, but just wanted to share a few good reads picked up this summer and why I’m enjoying them on the Kindle. Why the Kindle rocks The Kindle, which I’ve been using heavily since January, has definitely help speed up reading,…

Filter Failure

Clay Shirky suggests that there’s no such thing as information overload, only filter failure. This is a very modern response to an older question. Futurist Alvin Toffler warned us about information overload, popularizing the phrase. It’s an extension of the idea of sensory overload, the…

Read/Writing

Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author. Presumably he knows more about the subject than you do; if not, you probably should not be bothering with his book. But understanding is a two-way operation; the learner has to question himself…

Giant Golden Buddhas and the Importance of Data Journalists

In the 1980s the Internal Revenue Service underwent a controversial rebirthing. Turning away from its paper-laden, human-eye examiners, it looked to become a more automated, “noncompliance-seeking” (read: for-profit) outfit. The process, termed “the Initiative”, serves as the backdrop of Dave Foster Wallace’s self-described nonfictional memoir,…

The Future of Art and Sharism

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/19670849] The transmediale gave a lot of attention to Free Culture and the Open Web this year, from the book sprint to the Open Zone to a panel series called Lost in the Open, and piles of spontaneous sharerrorism actions throughout the festival. Curated…

The Skandle

In November, Amazon won a few good enemies by scrapping public domain texts from Project Gutenberg’s database, wrapping them in DRM, and then selling the books without a cent or a thank you to the project they’re ripped from. “Is this legal? Yes. Is it…