Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: art

US writer’s strike & Canadian new media

Norman Mailer, RIP

I think the first “serious” novel I read was Mailer’s Naked and the Dead. In the past year, Mailer gone. Vonnegut gone. Bellow gone. I wonder which high school favourites are left? I’ll have to think about that one. RIP, mr. mailer.

last rejection: anansi

Dear Mr. McGuire, Thank you for your submission to House of Anansi Press. Anansi has been experiencing a severe backlog in submissions that has resulted in very long delays. We apologize for the wait. After careful consideration and considerable review, our editorial board has decided that, although you demonstrate writing potential, Blind Spot does not […]

barcamp sketch

Matt sketched barcampmtl#3: That’s me yammering about data.

what is it about seeing someone?

In the past couple of weeks, I went to see some public lectures at McGill and elsewhere: the first was Amy Goodman, of DemocracyNow, giving the keynote at the ReDefining Media conference. Then I went to see cognitive psychologist, Stephen Pinker talking about language and the human mind. Finally, I saw management guru David Maister […]

beware! here be literature! here be humanity!

Warning: Transcriber’s Note: These memoires were not written for children, they may outrage readers also offended by Chaucer, La Fontaine, Rabelais and The Old Testament. Found that on the Gutenberg page for The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova … I owe the audio of chapter 10 from vol 1, over at LibriVox.

booker prized, free online?

From the Telegraph: All the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize could be made available online in a radical move being considered by publishers, it was reported today… Negotiations are said to be in progress with the British Council to digitise the six shortlisted novels so they can be downloaded in full, all over […]

good advice, i think; or the end of creativity?

The Facebook Review

The Facebook Review: The first … Literary Review that uses Facebook as its means of publishing, of marketing, and of editing. We are essentially an online magazine with the (titular) difference of location. Our manifesto is humble and somewhat weak-kneed. Apologies. All we want is to publish the best work by Facebook members and to […]

small world

Small World 2007, Nikon’s microscopic photography competition: