Posts Tagged: Writing
I’ll preface this essay by stating that I am not, and do not consider myself to be, a writer. I recently visited the Writing Britain exhibition at the British Library, which “examines how the landscapes of Britain permeate great literary works”. It was a fascinating exhibition with manuscripts and notes from Arthur Conan Doyle, J.G. Continue Reading
I’m reading 2001: A Space Odyssey at the moment and was struck by this passage in which Arthur C. Clarke essentially describes the iPad, some 40 years before its invention by Apple. He would plug his foolscap-sized newspad into the ship’s information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. He then continues to describe the Continue Reading
I love this image that I just came across on The Well Appointed Desk; it combines my love of old technology with some of my favourite authors. There is one striking omission for me; that of my favourite author William Gibson who wrote the cyberpunk classic Neuromancer on an manual typer writer of 1930s vintage. Continue Reading
Ideas of March is a great initiative from Chris Shiflett to resurrect the blog. I agree with Chris when he attributes the demise of blogging to the rise of Twitter. Personally I know there are many things I tweet that would have been the basis of a blog post in the past. You’d be forgiven Continue Reading
My favourite author William Gibson is on Twitter. I love this tweet of his – it’s pure Gibson distilled to 137 characters: In Paris, I always imagine living in a doghouse-sized all-Muji garret. Tiny corrugated cardboard speakers. Plastic the color of Vaseline. — William Gibson (@GreatDismal) July 14, 2010
From the Kansas City Star Style Guide: Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative. The paper at which a young Ernest Hemingway started his career.