Wednesday, 24 January 2024
quote [ Authors keep finding what appear to be AI-generated imitations and summaries of their books on Amazon. There's little they can do to rein in the rip-offs. ]
In this is guilty artificial intelligence
Tuesday, 21 November 2023
quote [ My message to the public, to administrators, and managers is this: next time you see an archivist discarding papers into the recycling bin, kindly ask how they came to that tough verdict rather than undermining our years of experience and training by gasping in horror at our actions. We would love to show you our thought process. We have the receipts?actually we don?t because we threw those away. ]
cool opinion piece on how collections are to be maintained.
Monday, 13 November 2023
quote [ Fialka emphasises that media reports saying his group has ?finished? the book are wrong. ?We didn?t end. The last sentence of the book ends midsentence and then it picks up at the front of the book. It?s cyclical. It never ends.?
?There is no next book,? Fialka told me. ?We?re only reading one book. Forever.? ]
Only the second oldest single-book bookclub in existence
Friday, 3 November 2023
quote [ By producing turbulence within social media, shitposting can contribute to the public pedagogies of social media that mirror the goals of critical media literacy education. ]
Pretty interresting read actually, if very dense with academic wording.
Friday, 29 September 2023
quote [ Does a healthy intellectual culture resemble a battlefield or a kitchen? Revisiting Milton?s Areopagitica, a tract often championed by today?s free speech absolutists, Katie Kadue finds a debt to the work of early modern housewives. In their labours to preserve food and transform it into wholesome cuisine, Milton saw an analogue for how the reading public might digest books ? good and bad alike ? into nourishing ideas. ]
Free speech expensive as a muthafucka
Sunday, 24 September 2023
quote [ Thousands of free and open audiobooks powered by Microsoft AI ]
Project Gutenberg has uploaded 4800 public domain works as audio books to their podcast stream.
Sunday, 10 September 2023
quote [ There were two bedrooms. The office shipped across a case of wine for me, and cases of manuscripts, so that I would be able to work. And I moved in. I remember putting Douglas in the smaller of the two bedrooms because I was extremely pissed off. ]
This counts as ?literature?, yeah?
thumb is New Old Stock
Sunday, 20 August 2023
quote [ It was this understanding of the particular challenges faced by children in rural communities that led Bohorquez to leave his job teaching at an elementary school and hit the road, with one of his faithful donkeys, Alfa and Beto. ]
This has been subject of several articles and a documentary over the last decade, apparently it's also a little tragic with the man having lost a leg on one trek, but there are even children's books on him.
found via Tumblr (desperate times), more via wiki.
Monday, 14 August 2023
quote [ They won. On Friday, the publishers said through their trade association that they had negotiated a deal with the archive that would remove all their copyright books from the site. ]
Friday, 4 August 2023
quote [ Lucky you ? today we?re signing you up for some sex ed from the Arab world 600 years ago, courtesy of a 15th century sex manual that, despite most of the general population having never heard of it, once attained status similar to that of The Arabian Nights. ]
Her sex came with a manual
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