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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

2nd of Dec 2012

After seeing several references to it, I decided to read Snow Crash. After realizing the library here lets you check out e-books, I downloaded it and a few minutes later was reading on the couch. I enjoyed it, but more than a few times I was struck with how similar to The Da Vinci Code it is.

Generic Concerns

25th of Nov 2012

It looks like the debate regarding the differences, if any, between literature and genre fiction is still ongoing. That post, which came to me through Twitter's weekly updates, is a continuation of a literary tradition where people disagree with each other through magazines. Reading through some of the ever-expanding web of links, I think Lev Grossman is right in that a lot of the intensity comes from the attempt to define good writing, what literature is.

Questions About Angels by Billy Collins

18th of Nov 2012

The other day, I started reading Questions About Angels again. It's a book of poetry by Billy Collins, onetime poet laureate of the United States. Yes, we have those—there has to be some culture around here somewhere, after all.

A Musical Interlude

11th of Nov 2012

Lately, Mark Cohn's Walking in Memphis has been rocketing through my head on repeat. That happens sometimes, when a song strikes me, and it will bother me not that the song's there but that I don't know the entire song. So I learn the lyrics so I can sing them anywhere and often forget them when they fade away.

Passion and Imperfection

4th of Nov 2012

I don't remember what linked me to this blog about the generally poor quality of self-published writing, and as sometimes happens it got me thinking. Not so much about the complaints regarding low-quality writing, which certainly exists, or how the Internet has enabled the mass publicity thereof, which is also true. And a good editor and proofreader certainly help. Dick Richards: Private Eye wouldn't have been as polished as it was without