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A great story about the problems facing an autistic person trying to become an independently functioning member of society.
(via Snarkmarket, where Tim Carmody’s thoughts makes a nice compliment to the piece)
The Future of Short Stories
Some recent optimism around the rarely-consumed literary form. A. O. Scott thinks the Amazon Kindle may be the perfect delivery device for the literary single, while Nicola Twiley offers a glimpse of a future where every place you visit offers you short stories set there. Of course, combined those two ideas could really take off.
There’s a good chance you’ve seen this charming documentation of the ways in which a painter’s child corrects him, but I want to save it for posterity.
Robin Sloan pens an interesting “think piece” about how Google may actually be changing our way of processing information. And no, it’s not a “technology will make us stupid” thing.
Also note the very good and thoughtful responses.
UPDATE (1/14/09): Robin clarifies.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this paragraph from Virginia Heffernan:
Does anyone still believe that the forms of movies, television, magazines and newspapers might exist independently of their rapidly changing modes of distribution? The thought has become unsustainable. Take magazine writing. In school or on the job, magazine writers never learn anything so broad as to “tell great stories” or “make arresting images.” You don’t study the ancient art of storytelling. You learn to produce certain numbers and styles and forms of words and images. You learn to be succinct when a publication loses ad pages. You learn to dilate when an “article” is understood mostly as a delivery vehicle for pictures of a sexy celebrity. The words stack up under certain kinds of headlines that also adhere to strict conventions as to size and tone, and eventually they appear alongside certain kinds of photos and illustrations with certain kinds of captions on pages of certain dimensions that are often shared with advertisements. Just as shooting film for a Hollywood movie is never just filming and acting in a TV ad is never just acting, writing for a magazine is never just writing.
Though the whole column’s probably worth a read for anyone interested in the future of media.
This thing made me go “Wow!” It’s a map of America’s Interstate highways smoothed into a series of straight lines, like a subway map.
For the eco-conscious consumer, there’s a new
time sink aid available: GoodGuide. It’s description of itself:
GoodGuide™ provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of products and companies. GoodGuide’s mission is to help you find safe, healthy, and green products that are better for you and the planet. From our origins as a UC Berkeley research project, GoodGuide has developed into a totally independent “For-Benefit” company. We are committed to providing the information you need to make better decisions, and to ultimately shifting the balance of information and power in the marketplace.
GOOD has a pretty interesting map of history’s greatest journeys. Worth a look.
This has been going around for some time, and I never found an hour with which to watch it. Today I finally did, and I’m glad for that. It’s well done, and brings new weight to Robin’s question: “How is YouTube not the greatest art project ever?”