Hugh McGuire

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

Category: books

70 Works: March Madness

LibriVox had a March Madness campaign – a concerted effort to finish as many public domain books as we could in the month of March. We finished SEVENTY! Yes, 7-0 works of great literature. That’s pretty crazy. I didn’t do much to contribute, I must say, but I am proud as punch.

Bookreview: Slow Man

Slow Man product Book by J. M. Coetzee J. M. Coetzee writes the way writing ought to be written. He is spare and economical, and his writing has a moral force for my money unequalled in contemporary writing in English. Slow Man is something of a departure for the usual realist Coetzee, something of a […]

BookReview: Next Episode

Next Episode product book by Hubert Aquin This is the second Aquin book I’ve read, both in English (for shame), and both left me with the same sense of wonderment at the confused brilliance from which they eminated. Next Episode is a slim book about (“about” seems such an imprecise preposition to attach to this […]

1984 graphic novel

Robin mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, and I think I posted already, but I met Freddy last night. He’s making a fantastic graphic novel of Orwell’s 1984 (see: gutenberg australia’s ebook). Freddy is selling these posters for $12 a pop: And here is the opening scene (you can get it in B&W or […]

BookReview: The Human Stain

The Human Stain product Book by Philip Roth This is my first Roth book, which is a little embarrassing since he’s considered by some to be the greatest living American writer. The Human Stain is supposed to be among his best, and it is a well-crafted work of great skill: about a black man who […]

BookReview: Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide

Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide product Book by Ruth Kinna As someone influenced by anarchist thought, I know embarrassingly little about the source texts of the movement, and its historical proponents: Bakunin, Kropotkin, Proudhon and the rest. What I know, I know mostly from the application of anarchist principles in online projects (the free software movement, […]

BookReview: Lullabies for Little Criminals

Lullabies for Little Criminals product Book by Heather O’Neill The mind of a creative child is a wonderful thing, especially at that moment before adulthood becomes a reality, maybe age 12, where anything seems possible and innocence, imagination and ability all come together. Heather O’Neill has written a remarkable book about such a mind, the […]

BookReview: Programming the Universe

Programming the Universe product Book by Seth Lloyd, about quantum physics and cosmology We all know that the universe is made up of matter and energy, but Seth Lloyd, a quantum physicist at MIT, adds a third basic element to our understanding: information. Everything, he says, can be considered as registering information (or bits): hot/cold, […]

BookReview: Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore product Book by Haruki Murakami Talking cats, raining fish, death, trapped souls, parallel universes, a confused fifteen-year-old, and of course a good smattering of sex. Among other (sometimes heart-breaking) oddities. With Kafka on the Shore, Japanese novelist and fabulist Haruki Murakami continues his metaphysical exploration of the odd underside of human […]

BookReview: Henderson the Rain King

Henderson the Rain King product book by Saul Bellow Saul Bellow, who died in 2005, was one of the great American writers of the post-war period, among a group (including Mailer, Cheever, Vonnegut; later: Heller, Roth, Updike) who forged the American literary and cultural consciousness of the late 40s, 50s, and paved the way for […]