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Nov 7

"Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s still…" http://t.co/HUKPeEoB

"Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s still..." http://t.co/HUKPeEoB
Nov 7

"Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s…"

“Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s still here (and, I’d wager, will stay, and with more power and use than, say, the gramophone or the record player). This nostalgia might push us angrily or sadly against new technologies in literature and publishing, but it shouldn’t allow us to discount these new technologies, or to blame them for the downfall of insufficient business models or changing preferences in how we purchase and absorb what we read.”

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Rachel Mennies writes on bibliophilia and e-reading at The Inclusive. I, for one, remember most fondly Borders on Tottenham Court Road, the afternoons and evenings spent dipping into books and magazines, crossing paths with other writers, musicians, magazine editors, designers— it was an amazing place. 

A side-thought: the Borders “open reading” model of welcoming browsers obviously didn’t help the bottom line, but was there no other business plan that could have made that kind of social/book space more financially viable?  

Nov 7

As of 13 hours ago there were 12 tickets left for this evening’s launch, according to @GuwalSolomon. Wow. Details http://t.co/tWTH28A2

As of 13 hours ago there were 12 tickets left for this evening's launch, according to @GuwalSolomon. Wow. Details http://t.co/tWTH28A2
Nov 7

Wonderful weather we’re having. In other news, I’m en route to Corfe Hills, Poole. Excited to catch up with the writers’ group there…

Wonderful weather we're having. In other news, I'm en route to Corfe Hills, Poole. Excited to catch up with the writers' group there...
Nov 4

And let’s not mention that emotional "abstract noun vs concrete description" exercise/game/writing warm-up…

And let's not mention that emotional "abstract noun vs concrete description" exercise/game/writing warm-up...
Nov 3

Wondering how many more poets use River/Bank before workshops since attending the training sessions I’ve been running for poets in schools.

Wondering how many more poets use River/Bank before workshops since attending the training sessions I've been running for poets in schools.
Nov 3

Now back in front of the computer with a few minutes to pull thoughts together. Soundtrack by Radiohead: ‘Everything In Its Right Place’

Now back in front of the computer with a few minutes to pull thoughts together. Soundtrack by Radiohead: 'Everything In Its Right Place'
Nov 3

Back from the GP chasing physio for Mum. 3 months since her hip operation and she hasn’t been referred… #nhspalmface

Back from the GP chasing physio for Mum. 3 months since her hip operation and she hasn't been referred... #nhspalmface
Nov 3

RT @VentureBeat: Got Amazon Prime and a Kindle? Now you can borrow one book a month for free http://t.co/ay6WG5id by @devindra

RT @VentureBeat: Got Amazon Prime and a Kindle? Now you can borrow one book a month for free http://t.co/ay6WG5id by @devindra
Nov 3

Last session, we also coined a new term for a form I’ve devised. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Gogyohshiku. More details later.

Last session, we also coined a new term for a form I've devised. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Gogyohshiku. More details later.
Nov 2

Short break between lessons and I’ve just read a few Barbican Poets responses to my "love poem to a place" exercise. Crit sesh tonight; joy!

Short break between lessons and I've just read a few Barbican Poets responses to my "love poem to a place" exercise. Crit sesh tonight; joy!
Nov 2

Let’s try that again: launch of my new collection ‘Breaking Silence, November 7th. Details here: http://t.co/tWTH28A2

Let's try that again: launch of my new collection 'Breaking Silence, November 7th. Details here: http://t.co/tWTH28A2
Nov 2

I know I asked you to hold the date a while back, but just a reminder: November 7th, launch of my new collection ‘Breaking Silence’

I know I asked you to hold the date a while back, but just a reminder: November 7th, launch of my new collection 'Breaking Silence'
Nov 2

05.30 start, workshops through until 20.30 this evening. Looooooonnnnnggg day. Dear Barbican Poets: be gentle this evening.

05.30 start, workshops through until 20.30 this evening. Looooooonnnnnggg day. Dear Barbican Poets: be gentle this evening.
Nov 2

Heading back to London from Stockton tonight. Reading BlueCoat School in the morning. Time for some new poems, BlueCoats. See you soon.

Heading back to London from Stockton tonight. Reading BlueCoat School in the morning. Time for some new poems, BlueCoats. See you soon.
Nov 1

"Since the artist cannot exist outside his time, certain social pressure has affected him, certain…"

“Since the artist cannot exist outside his time, certain social pressure has affected him, certain critical opinion has directed him. He feels the majority rejection, so for whom does he make art? For himself first, for the opinion of other artists next, and specifically those artists in his own mores and in his own aesthetic realm. But his world and his realm is the same world that all others inhabit. He has no secret code or key, no special foresight, environment, brilliance, erudition. He exercises the right of vision – projection – by his own choice. His preference is to be a working and recognized member of his culture, and to have his work accepted.”

- David Smith (1906-1965) ‘Aesthetics, the Artist and the Audience’ (via chrisvillacillo)
Nov 1

RT @coolhunting: Doormouse Manufacturing’s (@qwzybug) Amazing Type-Writer app puts nostalgic type in your pocket http://t.co/Q71PedZ0

RT @coolhunting: Doormouse Manufacturing's (@qwzybug) Amazing Type-Writer app puts nostalgic type in your pocket http://t.co/Q71PedZ0
Nov 1

"Choice of subject is of cardinal importance. One does by far one’s best work when besotted by and…" http://t.co/nuU8Z3uq

"Choice of subject is of cardinal importance. One does by far one’s best work when besotted by and..." http://t.co/nuU8Z3uq
Oct 31

"Choice of subject is of cardinal importance. One does by far one’s best work when besotted by and…"

“Choice of subject is of cardinal importance. One does by far one’s best work when besotted by and absorbed in the matter at hand.”

- AdviceToWriters - Home - Choice of Subject Is of Cardinal Importance
Oct 31