I just got rickrolled by The Guardian
Friday, 13 July 2018

Independent Voices

quote [ Independent Voices is an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century. ]

It won't come again. It's a joke to pretend.
[NSFW] [literature] [+4 Original]
[by tom the fish@9:50amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Like, like is now like an inlikefix, and linguists are like, "how unlikelikely!"

quote [ Like has undergone radical developments in modern English. It can function as a hedge (?I?ll be there in like an hour?), a discourse particle (?This like serves a pragmatic function?), and a sentence adverb (?It?s common in Ireland, like?). More recent is the so-called quotative like (?I?m like, Whoa!?). This became widely established impressively fast and is leading to some remarkable usages in younger generations: children saying things like ?What?s Ernie like?? to mean ?What?s Ernie saying?? The latest novel use to which like is being put is as an infix. Infixes are a pretty small set in English, so a new one is a genuine surprise, linguistically. In some ways it is unlikeprecedented. ]

[SFW] [literature] [+5 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@3:02amGMT] [9 comments]

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Questioning the soul of Japan

quote [ At fifty-one, Furukawa is among the generation of Japanese writers I?ll call ?A. M.?, for ?After Murakami?. Haruki Murakami is Japan?s most internationally renowned living author. ]

I was sold on Murakami after reading A Wild Sheep Chase over a decade ago. I look forward to A.M.
[SFW] [literature] [+6 Informative]
[by satanspenis666@11:53pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Humble 3x5

quote [ While the conceptual metaphor of hypertext was unknown to most of the non-computing public until the ?80s and ?90s, many of the systems that used these index cards approached a sort of proto-hypertextuality. Often they had elaborate, baroque structures for inter-card referencing, or for searching and finding tagged materials. ]

Index cards! An attractive little article about them.
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:14pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The 8 stages of trying to read James Joyce ahead of Bloomsday

quote [ Joyce is celebrated for his wit, use of stream of consciousness, and challenging what a novel can be and do. That doesn't mean that the difficulty of reading "Ulysses" hasn't put one or two of us off. We go through the various stages of reading Joyce. ]

Happy Bloomsday, readers and/or drinkers!

[SFW] [literature] [+1 Funny]
[by HoZay@7:46pmGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The worst 1st lines of 2018

quote [ Our eyes are always pointing at things we are interested in approaching, or investigating, or looking at, or having. ]

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
[SFW] [literature] [+7 Funny]
[by eggboy@12:57pmGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The last man who knew everything

quote [ It hardly seems likely that the life of an obscure Anglican clergyman should recommend itself to the attention of a modern biographer; the shelves of second-hand bookshops are the sepulchers of many an Essex parson's dutifully compiled Life and Letters. But Sabine Baring-Gould happens to have been the last man who knew everything. ]

[SFW] [literature] [+5 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@6:06pmGMT] [4 comments]

Sunday, 22 April 2018

How Flap Illustrations Helped Reveal the Body's Inner Secrets

quote [ Sixteenth century scholars peeled away anatomical ignorance one layer at a time. ]

You can milk anything with ?lacmamils?
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Insightful]
[by satanspenis666@3:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Britain's Secret Theft of Ethiopia's Most Wondrous Manuscripts

quote [ Plundered in 1868, they are kept at the British Library?and an ongoing campaign seeks to bring them home. ]

And I'll get the book back, creased and torn
[SFW] [literature] [+2 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:42amGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Does Recovery Kill Great Writing?

quote [ The first time I told the story of my drinking, I sat among other drinkers who no longer drank. Ours was a familiar scene: circled folding chairs, foam cups of coffee gone lukewarm, phone numbers exchanged. Before the meeting, I imagined what might happen after it was done: People would compliment my story or the way I?d told it, and I?d demur, Well, I?m a writer, shrugging, trying not to make too big a deal out of it. I practiced with notecards beforehand. ]

I see some validity to this.

[SFW] [literature] [+2 Interesting]
[by JWWargo@9:13amGMT] [15 comments]

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