Archive | July, 2004

Literary Production as Research Science

I think writers who make up stuff (you can call them literary if you like, this making stuff up I think being different than, well, murder mystery writers for instance who are really in the business of producing a clear commodity — the form of entertainment and are not really that much different than the manufacturer of beer or vibrators or whatever pleasure producing commodity you can think of and the problem with writers who make up stuff is that the thing they produce defies itself as a clear commodity because these things are a way of knowing something and I don’t mean to imply that they teach or are instructive like an instruction manual but like contact with something gruesome they leave the user altered. A pleasure producing commodity doesn’t change the user, but instead, produced affirms the user’s current sense of themselves. To read a work that is made up is to suddenly come in to contact with a way of being someone who is not you.

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Regional Typeface?

New York City has a typeface, and several foundaries. In this case the Hoefler Typefoundaries face, Gotham, could be said to be a New York face. London has Times New Roman. California has a typeface and the foundary, Emigre. Perhaps Modua could be a said to be a Californian face, although I think the entire Emigre set would be better representation. Does Seattle, with Adobe (aka Aldus) have a typeface?

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The Seattle Public Library’s Faulty Information Architecture

In order to meet the demands of an increase in local book production, the Seattle Public Library must adopt an architecture that can categorize, store and connect these books with local readers.

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Seattle Public Library Writers’ Room

I attended also the opening of the Scanduzzi Writers’ Room (thank to the Seattle Public Library for inviting me). I was left with a perfuse sensation of gratification.

I like the roof missing in the writer’s room. I like idea that you can look down into the space and see literary production. It makes writing a living and vital component of the library and is a step toward addressing the flood of information being generated as a result of the information age. Rather than the books interred on the shelves, we can see the vital act of the books being transcribed from the writer’s mind into language.

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