"Publishers of ebooks are meeting this week at the World e-Reading Congress, and a site called the…"
I’ve got a couple of iPad related posts to finish up and publish - it was all I had as a computer while travelling in Singapore. The one-screen problem is perhaps more appropriately termed the “one-window” problem, and that highlights one of the things I love about the iPad, even now when I’m back in my home city with access to my desktop machine: mono-tasking. The iPad becomes whatever app is loaded up and active. Even though I’ve tweaked my iPad with developer options for multitasking gestures, when I fire up Writings, that’s it. All I’m doing is writing. And when I fire up Instapaper, Read It Later, Kindle or iBooks, there are no other distractions. No pop-ups. No incoming email notifications. Just focus. And sure, I’ve set my Mac up to run on a “do not disturb” policy (hide the dock, no mail pings, absolutely no instant messaging etc), but more and more, I’m finding my iPad a go-to device for focused reading and generating first drafts…
(And yes, before any other bibliophiles make the point, the quoted article goes on to assert that books have always competed with other forms of entertainment.)
Prey keeps track of your laptop and/or phone – can help with retrieval if stolen… May have to investigate further… http://j.mp/lODZnv
From David Foster Wallace’s essay on Kafka:
It’s not that students don’t “get” Kafka’s humor but that we’ve taught them to see humor as something you get — the same way we’ve taught them that a self is something you just have. No wonder they cannot appreciate the really central Kafka joke — that the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.
"If I am looking for a story at all, it is in my relationship to the subject – the story that tells…"
- Bruce Davidson
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RT @Natteitler: @jsamlarose Poetry/language may actually create new colours/ability 2 c them. See Guy Deutscher Through the Language Gla …
"Is the 3 act structure dead? Is the heroic protagonist still useful?" I can’t be there, but if you can, share… http://bit.ly/lbDlQA
"But, over and above this, modern poetry can show a new technique of hue, tint and shade; red is not always red." http://bit.ly/l7mPBE
Love is in the details…
"In hindsight, everything is technique. In the moment, everything is panic and reaction." T.R. Hummer – http://bit.ly/lXUqNh
“The art of writing activates the writer’s primal connection to the species. Part of me reads over my writing shoulder from that point of view, saying things like Can we eat it? Does this crap matter? Another part stands back and speaks Miloszian: What good is a poetry that does not change nations? For me the fundamental issue is this: how does an individual in his or her little body communicate with the leviathan of the body politic? How does one cell in the elbow communicate, through the brain, with the entire body? Poetry participates in the ‘biology’ of the culture, the anatomy of the body politic. Beyond this point, things become deeply complicated.”