Posts Tagged ‘books’

I’d like to check out this empty book please …

February 20, 2008

As a follow-up to my previous post about the Kindle, here is an intersting article from  Apparently Amazon is claiming libraries who loan out Kindles with content on it are violating the terms of service agreement.  Loaning out empy e-readers are fine, but with things to read already in them … shame on you!


Rethinking Kindle

February 19, 2008

The Kindle20 years ago we were told printed books were on the way out. 10 years ago we were told the same thing again. And when Amazon announced the Kindle would be their entrance into hardware, the very same warning began emerging again. However, on the way home all 3 bookstores I passed appeared to still be open for business. Believe it or not, I am a big believer in power of the Web and digital information changing our physical landscape … just not when it comes to the imminent demise of the print industry. It simply isn’t going to happen anytime soon, not until something drastic happens (for example, some kind of environmental demands). There are all sorts of reasons I believe this, but the most basic one goes back to Marx: we like to touch and hold things, especially things we own. Needless to say, when Amazon announced their next big thing, I was of the “so what” opinion.  But after some thinking, I’ll admit that maybe – maybe – Amazon’s Kindle will indeed change publishing. Just not the way they hope it will.

A real-world application of literary criticism (and other tangents)

January 1, 2008

This first paragraph is an afterthought, but I now recall why I sat down to write this. I moved a bookshelf from my den to a back room (where I house way too many comics), and am in the process of putting the books back on it. Anyway, every time I do this, I can’t help but think of the process as one of the rare, personal and physical applications of literary criticism. It’s as if each placement of a book – those on low shelves stacked and tucked away, others prominently displayed square in the middle shelf with no regard to genre or title – is a little symbolic essay on the title, or the author; a metaphor for how much the book affected me, or how much I value the book in terms other than monetary. It seems like one of the few times that one can truly apply literary criticism, physically, without words and instead in the real world – a thing which too often feels absent from the literary classroom. It is such a pleasure.

Mr. Fish and The Incredible Appearing Poem

December 30, 2007

Lately I’ve been bothered with Stanley Fish’s Is There A Text In This Class; I’ve had the book for a while, and have read most of the essays long before that, but for some reason lately I’ve been picking it back up.  Mainly, I have been mulling over why I know, even if only instinctual – in my gut – why he is wrong on several of his ideas about poems.