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Frank Cottrell Boyce: what's the point of culture in Brexit Britain? | Music | The Guardian
"Innovation doesn’t come from the profit motive.

Innovation comes from those who are happy to embark on a course of action without quite knowing where it will lead, without doing a feasibility study, without fear of failure or too much hope of reward. The engine of innovation is reckless generosity"

I couldn't quite pick a single line to quote, but I think I'll choose this. I've been listening to a lot of FCB this weekend, and it's all rung true for me. But especially: the value of serendipity on culture, of one thing informing another months or years later, of the value of pleasure and the imagination to all walks of life. So much here.
culture  art  reading  writing  frankcottrellboyce  essay  lecture 
july 2016 by infovore
Why I Write | Frieze
"I came back to writing as a way of thinking and of thinking through, of occupying the space between things, and opening them up again."

Writing is thinking is writing.
writing  thinking  jamesbridle  reading  art 
july 2016 by infovore
Will digital books ever replace print? – Craig Mod – Aeon
[this is good]. And it leaves me with open, not closed feelings: I'm reading so much on a screen, mainly e-ink, and mainly fiction. Do I remember it the same way as print? Do I care as much? Am I missing things? Some days, what matters is that I *am* reading, that wherever I am in the world, there are books; other days, I can't remember what I read where, because they all felt the same, all looked the same: a slab of grey plastic. Lots of thoughts. Mainly, though, that I'm glad there are books in the world.
books  ebooks  craigmod  reading  thingsarentsimple 
october 2015 by infovore
2014 reads | the m john harrison blog
Mike Harrison on the books he read this year, which is as good a recommendation list as any.
books  reading  2014  mjohnharrison 
december 2014 by infovore
Letters From Schwarzville: What it feels like to write a picture book story
"Think of it as theatre. Picture books are a lot like theatre, 32 pages of performance to help parents entertain, educate, encourage an audience of one - over and over again. Thousands of copies, each one a paper theatre. You provide the script, the sets, the costume, the stage tricks." Yes, that.
stories  writing  reading  readingaloud 
november 2013 by infovore
Reading Markson Reading
David Markson left all the books he owned to New York's Strand bookshop; now, they are likely further spread. This blog collects annotations and commentary that people have found in books previously belonging to Markson. Brilliant.
books  marginalia  davidmarkson  reading  literature 
may 2012 by infovore
- How We Will Read: Clive Thompson
"That’s why I like having these little printed books, or these little files of my notes, because I can literally pull up anything I want to remember from Moby Dick, and in repeating it, remember it. Annotating becomes a way to re-encounter things I’ve read for pleasure." Which is why I have a stack of eight books on my dining table, and more to come over the years - to be read, not just hoarded.
articles  memory  reading  clivethompson  books 
april 2012 by infovore
Delivereads - Curated Content for Your Kindle
"Get great articles delivered to your Kindle without any extra effort." Curated content, delivered direct to your Kindle via the email interface. Will try this for a bit: it's a really obvious opening in the space, and scope for there to be many of these.
reading  kindle  books  articles  publishing  curation 
may 2011 by infovore
Instapaper 3.0 is here! - Instapaper Blog
"You can now browse your friends’ Liked items to find great articles to read." Instapaper now has social functionality, but it looks like just the right level of sociality for the product. I mainly use Instapaper on my Kindle, now, but will be sure to hit "like" on the stuff I'd recommend from the website. Now: to get Instapaper likes into Stellar?
instapaper  social  functionality  reading 
march 2011 by infovore
The Millions : A Year in Marginalia: Sam Anderson
"The writing I enjoy doing most, every year, is marginalia: spontaneous bursts of pure, private response to whatever book happens to be in front of me. It’s the most intimate, complete, and honest form of criticism possible — not the big wide-angle aerial shot you get from an official review essay, but a moment-by-moment record of what a book actually feels like to the actively reading brain. Here are some snapshots, month by month, of my marginalia from 2010." Marvellous stuff from Anderson - funny, wry, hard to argue with. I am not good at marginalia, resorting to dog-earing the bottom of a page, and later, trying to remember why.
reading  books  marginalia  writing 
december 2010 by infovore
On Book Guilt |
"When someone with a bad case fails to finish a book, they don’t start a new one; they go into a holding pattern, crippled by guilt over their failure and unable to let go and start over. All reading stops. People have confessed to me that it’s been months since they last picked up a book, because they still haven’t finished the last one." Yup. We really don't have to finish this book, sometimes.
jamesbridle  stml  books  reading  habit  guilt 
september 2010 by infovore
Today's Paper
Today's Guardian, from Phil, which is brilliant, for all the reasons explained in his post about it.
guardian  news  reading  interaction  philgyford 
june 2010 by infovore
Today's Guardian (Phil Gyford’s website)
"Although the finished site looks nothing like a newspaper I think it has more in common with newspapers’ best features than most news websites do. The sense of browsing quickly through stories and reading the ones that catch your eye, feels similar." Phil is smart. This is good.
guardian  reading  newspapers  design  publishing  philgyford 
june 2010 by infovore
Embracing the digital book — Craig Mod
"I'm excited about digital books for a number of reasons. Their proclivity towards multimedia is not one of them. I’m excited about digital books for their meta potential. The illumination of, in the words of Richard Nash, that commonality between two people who have read the same book." Craig Mod, excellent as ever, on e-books. Whilst he mainly talks about type, his point runs far deeper.
books  reading  ebooks  design  typography  digital  multimedia 
april 2010 by infovore
Give Me Something To Read
"Need something to read? Enjoy these selections from among the most frequently bookmarked articles on Instapaper."
instapaper  reading  writing  articles 
march 2010 by infovore
Mattins: A micropodcast of daily readings |
"Mattins is a daily reading, every weekday, no more than 5 minutes long. The 5 minute limit is imposed by Audioboo, which makes podcasting from an iPhone startlingly simple. Every morning over my mandatory first coffee I take a book down from the shelves, hit record, and read a short extract."
podcast  mattins  reading  jamesbridle  books 
december 2009 by infovore
Forgotten Bookmarks
"I work at a used and rare bookstore, and I buy books from people everyday. These are the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books." Bookmarks, dedications, receipts, adverts. Lovely.
books  bookmarks  reading  collection  blog  ephemera 
july 2009 by infovore
we are all screen readers now (tecznotes)
"Fast-forward ten years, and I'm now using all those accessibility features on a daily basis. At some point during the dot-com bust it turned out that the written word was the payload, and regular people started using alternative (browsing) devices to access text from the web. Arguments about device-independent, semantic markup and graceful degradation suddenly have an additional halo of legitimacy because they affect everyone."
text  web  reading  mikemigurski  words  information  accessibility  content  semanticmarkup  doingitright 
june 2009 by infovore
Infinite Summer
"You've been meaning to do it for over a decade. Now join endurance bibliophiles from around the web as we tackle and comment upon David Foster Wallace's masterwork, June 21st to September 22nd. A thousand pages1 ÷ 93 days = 75 pages a week. No sweat." Hmn. Maybe. I might want to read something else, though... but could be fun!
books  reading  davidfosterwallace  infinitejest 
may 2009 by infovore
Septivium - Learn about everything
"Something like: Trying to create a reading list that gives the best introduction to everything. This may change." Phil is trying to collect the Good Books in many fields. It's an interesting project, for sure; it'll also be interesting to see how it pans out.
education  learning  reading  books  sharing  knowledge 
february 2009 by infovore
How to read books on DS DS
"With DS Reader you can read any e-book (or text file) on your DS. It even has a great little bookmarking function to keep track of your progress." Ooh.
nintendods  ds  homebrew  reading  ebook  ereader 
january 2009 by infovore
Obituary: Douglas Keen | Books | The Guardian
"As editorial director of Ladybird Books, Douglas Keen, who has died aged 95, was responsible for the first experience of reading of millions of children." Myself included; I learned to read with Peter, Jane, and my Mum, sitting on my bedroom floor each morning.
books  reading  education  children  ladybird  douglaskeen  obituary 
november 2008 by infovore
Making Book - Coudal Partners
'Each bet costs $10 and all the money bet will go to First Book, "a nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books."' Ten winners will get a prize. Lovely idea.
literacy  competition  gambling  books  reading  charity  coudalpartners 
february 2008 by infovore
LibraryThing: Happy 1815! Thomas Jefferson is done.
Thomas Jefferson's entire library - and his reviews of books in it - exists as an account on LibraryThing. I'm glad that things like this exist in the world, and that the Internet makes them possible.
awesome  jefferson  librarything  library  books  reading  reviews  culture  history 
january 2008 by infovore
Kindle can light up your life :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Andy Ihnatko
"It's one of the most awesome consumer products ever. It might even be a landmark moment in technology. ... and Amazon is promoting it as a $399 waffle maker." Andy Ihnatko on the Kindle
kindle  amazon  technology  publishing  books  writing  reading 
december 2007 by infovore
The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts) [dive into mark]
Mark Pilgrim looks at Kindle through what's been said about it so far, and what's been said about the act of reading in the past. His comparisons prove depressing, and worthy of at least some consideration.
kindle  publishing  electronic  reading  amazon  jeffbezos  analysis  criticism  service 
november 2007 by infovore
Anil Dash: toread is tobehuman
"Toread represents the idea that we can be the sum of the knowledge of everyone who’s ever preceded us, that given enough time we can absorb the cumulative learnings of humanity."
toread  tagging  learning  reading  community  knowledge  information 
july 2007 by infovore
Blackbeltjones/Work: » Interesting reads
Matt's reading list from his Interesting 2007 talkk
books  reading  interesting2007 
july 2007 by infovore
Book Reviews - read, review, share at Revish!
Revish: a site for "reading and sharing your reading experiences". Social, shared, API\d up. Looks interesting.
books  web2.0  reviews  social  software  reading 
april 2007 by infovore
New Statesman - Imaginary friends
"To conflate fantasy with immaturity is a rather sizeable error. Rational yet non-intellectual, moral yet inexplicit, symbolic not allegorical, fantasy is not primitive but primary." Ursula le Guin on fine form in the NS.
ursulaleguin  fantasy  sf  writing  fiction  literature  essay  criticism  children  reading 
december 2006 by infovore

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