Hugh McGuire

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

Category: books

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 […]

Bookreview: Prince of Marshes

Prince of Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq book by Rory Stewart Rory Stewart is a multilingual (among others: Farsi, Arabic) young Scottish diplomat, and adventurer. He quit his job in the foreign service (postings in Jakarta, Iran and elsewhere) in his mid-twenties, to walk across Afghanistan (he wrote a book […]

google books – whoa

I’m as much of a copyfighter as the next guy, and have some street cred in public domain, free culture circles. I think that big companies abuse copyright, and that draconican copyright systems stifle innovation and creativity, and further are no good for artists and creators. But I’ve never argued that copyright should be discarded, […]

recent librivox treats

First: you can get updated about new releases via twitter, by following (seems not to have updated today?) Next: The last few LibriVox releases are all pretty cool. South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Ernest Shackleton Shackleton’s most famous expedition was planned to be an attempt to cross Antarctica from the […]

bookreview: This is your Brain on Music

This Is Your Brain on Music product book by daniel levitin What a fantastic book. Introduced by music theory for dummies (what, exactly, are harmony, pitch, rhythm, timbre, major and minor keys, etc etc … I vaguely knew, but couldn’t have told you. I still don’t quite know, but it was all explained wonderfully well […]

tom buchanan

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” (from Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby)

quick shot of literature

Says da boing: The New York Public Library has just installed an Espresso book-on-demand machine and they’ll print any of over 200,000 public domain titles from the Open Content Alliance free of charge for any patron. [more…]

Bookreview: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash product Book by Neal Stephenson Written in 1992, Snow Crash is a cyberpunk visionary work, presaging Second Life and other online multiplayer games, among other things. The plot: pizza delivery man, hacker, amateur swordsman, freelance intel gatherer and Metaverse legend Hiro Protagonist stumbles on a virus – a binary image that looks like […]

LibriVox and Laika in Reason Magazine

… LibriVox began in a vibrant section of Montreal called the Plateau, where 32-year-old Hugh McGuire lives with his wife…McGuire hangs out at Laika, a café and bar around the corner from his house that is popular with Montreal techies. At Laika, open source gurus, community WiFi evangelists, and A-list Web designers drink coffee, eat […]