Donald reminds me that I need to visit Manolo the ShoeBlogger more often particularly now during the Eurovision Song Contest. Manolo has the clearest vision of Eurovision out there.
It was well worth the distraction just to learn about the Finnish band, Lordi.
When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you have to think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgement of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself. And I think the world tends to forget that this is the ultimate significance of the body of work each artist produces. It is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.
from The Wild Braid, W.W. Norton, 2005
ibiblian alum Jesse Wilbur writes to let us know that the Institute for the Future of the Book, where he now works, is subject of the cover article on the current Library Journal, “The Social Life of Books.” A good read after or beside the Kevin Kelly article in Sunday’s NYTimes article.
Jesse also writes:
We’re launching GAM3R 7H30RY very soon, McKenzie Wark’s newest book (he also wrote The Hacker Manifesto). We’re putting it up online before it’s coming out in print. Plus we’ve done some interesting things with the interface to 1) test the form of a networked book, 2) support the unique structure of his book, 3) encourage discussion about Wark’s book and networked books in general.
Institute for the Future of the Book’s authoring tool, Sophie, which is described as “an open-source platform for creating and reading electronic books for the networked environment” is due to be released in July.