Anodyne
Friday, June 07, 2013
 
Amongst The Sharpies

A pal & former staff member writes,

"Hey CJB, I worked the launch of [ANTIQUARIAN BOOKDEALER]'s memoir, last night. Surrounded by the sharpest of sharpies, most of 'em decked out in sweat pants and tweed jackets. When they weren't subtly trying to peddle their wares to me, they were consoling each other on the perils of online poker ('It's definitely rigged'). The sweat-panted sharpie is a trans-provincial entity."
Thursday, June 06, 2013
 
Willie Rosario, By The Time I Get to Phoenix
 

"According to Black, Nixon 'thought that he was doomed to be traduced, double-crossed, unjustly harassed, misunderstood, underappreciated, and subjected to the trials of Job, but that by the application of his mighty will, tenacity, and diligence, he would ultimately prevail.'"
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013
 

 
Scarce here for a few days, reading Jaron Lanier's Who Owns The Future?  About three quarters done. Confident stating that it is the most useful & relevant book I have read since opening PFB thirteen years ago.  Anyone who is a semi-regular here, or even remotely interested in the networked economy's assault on (a.k.a. "transformation of") the so-called creative professions, should find a copy ASAP.

Lanier's dreadlocks and straight-outta-1991 web page might make some less charitable readers think that I've been hoodwinked by some flaky New Media hippie.  Not so.  Lanier's book is a mix of speculative aesthetics, political philosophy, economic theory, and idiosyncratic cultural criticism.  It's directly, profoundly relevant to my work as a photographer, writer, and small business owner, someone with more creative capital than $.  Like Matthew Crawford's Shop Class as Soulcraft, another recent favorite, it's written in clear, direct, jargon-free language.  Yet its simplicity is deceptive, packed with so many different simultaneously expressed ideas that it demands to be read very slowly.

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