I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times,...– eglantine’s cake: Happy Belated Birthday, Johnny.
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There’s a video here I should look at sometime.
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‘…what’s really insane to me is that the publishing industry is so blind to its shortcomings. Instead of trying to create a demand in good, interesting books that people want to read, they’re hoping some overly slick device will create that interest for them. And that way they can keep publishing heaps of drivel and not deal with the fact that they’ve lost touch with reality readers and the...
forgetting is a corollary of the disciplining of access and the hierarchical...– In Defense of the Kindle - The Atlantic (March 5, 2009) Matthew Battle, rare books librarian, defends the Kindle against Sven Birkets and others.
‘…In the face of all the talk of crisis and decline, I’d point to the expansion, the classiness, the diversity of our reading cultures (the claim is not that they have any particular virtue, merely that they exist). And I’d want to insist on the role of the media and the marketplace in creating the public intellectuals themselves, in defining and refining a new set of niche tastes...
‘Here in the book store (and the literary festival), the forces of globalisation and the local meet, as of course do those of commerce and culture, consumption and citizenship. The beautiful, serious, desirable books on display are the products of global badging and niche marketing; the contemporary literary novel, essay and memoir are more eroticised commodities than ever before; part...
from Laurie Duggan, some thoughts on globalization... →
“Scripsi magazine was in continual trouble for including too much ‘non-Australian’ writing, and Jacket has been dogged by the same problem. As a virtual journal it seems even more ridiculous that the arts bodies want it to be resolutely parochial (though some other Australian-based journals have gladly acquiesced).”
By the end of 2010, John Tranter and Pam Brown will have put out 40 issues of...– Jacket magazine: An Announcement from John Tranter and Al Filreis | Currajah
The Sun-Fish by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin | Poetry... →
It would be good to buy this.
What the aristocrat writers get for free from nature, intellectuals of lower...– Unknown Chekhov | Books | The Guardian Happy Birthday, Dr C.