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Month: December 2002 (Page 2 of 2)

Retro Dickens.

Dickens’ novel Great Expectations was published serially starting in December 1860 — a new episode appearing each week, just like The West Wing. Now, in December 2002, you can read Dickens’ Great Expectations as Victorians did — except you’ll be viewing .PDF… Read the rest

The sadness of wired life.

David Weinberger writes: “I realized why I’m not as happy as I should be given the externalities of my life: I’m never done with anything. … Now everything is a goddamn thread.”

My reaction: I think people do need to finish things, maybe not all the time, but sometimes.… Read the rest

Review: Evil in Modern Thought.

I’ve been thinking for a couple weeks about a Derrida quote that somebody put into this AKMA’s blog awhile back: “Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘here are our monsters’, without immediately turning the monsters into pets.” (here’s the link) One of the reasons I’ve thought so much about this is that I was reading Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternate History of Philosophy, by Susan Neiman.… Read the rest

Literary devices.

“E-mail alone has some while ago turned us all into cyborgs in ways that are increasingly difficult to feel and name, now that the medium has completely assimilated us.” From Blogistan, a link to this amazing short story by Richard Powers about what might happen if someone used artificial intelligence and the Internet to create a storytelling machine.… Read the rest

Poetry voice.

The NYT has a piece that examines why poetry readings are so excruciating: It’s that ubiquitous poetry voice: “a sort of quivering, nasal incantation, in which the voice trails upward, uncertainly, at the end of a line … as if the poets were delivering dire prognostications or trying to awaken in the masses some sense of religious awe.”… Read the rest

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