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March 9th, 2010

Millions Terrified by One Long Unbroken String of English Words

Courtesy of Bob McArthur I learned that in today’s online the Onion you’ll find the headline “Nation Shudders At Large Block Of Uninterrupted Text.” Can you blame them?                                                                                                                                From the Onion Boston resident Charlyne Thomson said, “Why won’t it just tell me what it’s about?” There are no bullet points, no highlighted parts….

April 9th, 2009

Calligraphy and the Future of Publishing, Part II

Last night I wrote to the calligrapher featured in my previous entry: Dear Mr. Karimaei, PLEASE do let me know if I’ve posted it incorrectly! Today I received the response from Mr. Karimaei: “I write another two your name’s script in two style of Persian Calligraphy that you can replace in the previous script because…

April 7th, 2009

Calligraphy and the Future of Publishing

Last Saturday I had the unexpected pleasure of attending a festival in Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver welcoming in the Iranian New Year, sponsored by the Canadian Iranian Foundation. My friend Jill and I wandered through the damp ground to booths and stalls, stopping briefly to meet Massoud Karimaei, a master calligrapher. I watched him…

December 30th, 2008

Literacy and the Future of Publishing

If you’ve examined my short essay on the subject of literacy and the future of publishing you will find it both brief and dated (although, arguably, this subject does not evolve rapidly). I’ve been meaning for some time to recommend the TED site…what richness lies there! When it comes to the subject of literacy, Dave…

April 29th, 2008

No Snacking Between Books Please!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little weary of all the Amazon-generated hype about the Kindle, its proprietary eBook reader (described by Amazon as a “revolutionary wireless reading device [emphasis mine]). We’re told incessantly how “visionary,”exceptional,” and, yes, “revolutionary” this little device is, but we’re not told why (with regard to features…

November 24th, 2007

To Read or Not To Read

My last blog entry referred to a groundbreaking report just issued by IBM on the future of advertising. Also issued this week was a long-awaited report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), To Read or Not To Read, “the most complete and up-to-date report of the nation’s reading trends and — perhaps most…