Gotta keep it coming, each and every day you know we do it this way with the ill poetry. Umm, poe-tray.
Returning to a favourite topic [reconciling the lives of writers and the work they produce] Steve Schulman gives us a great essay on whether or not it matters if a writer is a good person. As Schulman writes, “If my dentist loves one of his daughters more than any of his other children, or a Boeing engineer is having an affair with her best friend’s husband, it is cruel. But their cruelties don’t impair the quality of my bridgework or disturb my tendency to sleep peacefully through take-offs and landings.” But it matters with artists? Why?
Also of note in that piece is the revelation that in 1862 Charles Dickens gave an interview to a Russian journalist named Fyodor Dostoevsky, where the novelist admitted that his pure characters were who he aspired to be, and his villains were who he thought he really was. Recommended.
Dear God!: The Library of Congress announces it will be archiving ever. public. tweet. ever. tweeted. This feels like a questionable allocation of resources. Yes, Obama’s tweet about being elected is worth it. So are the best examples of Twitter-as-citizen-journalism. But 50 years from now scholars will examine this archive and have to waste a lot of time figuring out who this Justin Bieber person was.
Former Bush administration strategist Karl Rove is running into some troubles on his current book tour. Seems people keep trying to place him under citizen’s arrest whenever he shows up.
Libraries: Not as quiet as they used to be.
In case you were wondering: All the words David Foster Wallace had circled in his copy of the American Heritage Dictionary. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of ‘espadrille.’ Phonetically, if not sartorially.
Author, artist and upcoming Massey Lecturer Douglas Coupland celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Penguin Publishing by remixing its classic cover designs.
Appropos to last week’s rant on internet celebrity, Wired looks back on the prototype, the Jennicam, which went live 14 years ago today. She doesn’t even have a website today. There’s probably something to be said there.