Hugh McGuire

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

Category: books

vonnegut v2

Vonnegut is dead. I scoured my shelves for a copy of Palm Sunday to quote some gems about writing well, but I could not find it! … Must have lent it to someone? But here is the passage about writing an anti-war book: I said [I was writing a book about Dresden] to Harrison Starr, […]

LibriVox in NYC art gallery

Touch, Listen (2007) Dennis Yuen & Morry Galonoy Bookcloths, Davey board, decorative paper, linen threads, ink, long-stitch binding, voice XML, PHP, syndication from [b]LibriVox’s [/b]public domain podcast stream of audio poetry Books are meant to be touched. Poetry is meant to be listened to. Tel: (617) 850 9366 Each is an art form that should […]

kurt vonnegut dies

Kurt Vonnegut died on Wednesday. When I was a teen he was one of my favourite writers, and I’ve read many of his books, a number of them several times. Been a long while since I read one, but I read parts of Breakfast of Champions in 2002, when politics had changed so drastically in […]

52 Books – Q1 Progress Report

I’m trying to read 52 books in 2007, a book a week. I’ve still got a little cushion, but I’m slowing down. Been lucky, with lots of good books. Here’s a list, with a one-line review, link to more detailed review. Starred books are particularly good. 52 Books in 2007 – Q1 Results *A Clockwork […]

BookReview: Crazy about Lili

Crazy about Lili product Book by William Weintraub A light fluffy fantasy about a young McGill student and would-be writer in late-1940s Montreal, who strikes up a friendship and potential romance with the infamous Lili L’Amour, the great Texas-born, Montreal striptease artiste. L’Amour is based on Lili St. Cyr, the burlesque icon, and many other […]

BookReview: America at the Crossroads

America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy product Book by Francis Fukayama It’s a relief to read at least one (semi) mea culpa from a leading cheerleader for the policies that lead to War in Iraq, and the catastrophe that has been the Bush presidency. Francis Fukayama is the famous writer of […]

BookReview: A Complicated Kindness

A Complicated Kindness product Book by Miriam Toews Wonderful book about a young girl growing up in a Mennonite town in Manitoba. Who knew Menonnite teens smoked pot and had sex and were so funny? Sad, hilarious, excellent. Finely-wrought study of how social constraints can slowly tear people apart. Good to see more CanLit shaking […]

BookReview: Wealth of Networks

The Wealth of Networks product Book by Yochai Benkler A comprehensive and exhaustive book about the open movement (free software, wikipedia, blogging, flickr, creative commons, crowdsourcing etc) of which LibriVox is an enthusiastic member. Not for the faint-hearted, this book is dense, big and academic in approach, but refreshingly rigourous, with significant attention paid to […]

librivox recommendations

Matt asked me for some LibriVox recommendations for a long drive to Toronto. I whipped up this list, and, well … it’s not authoratative or anything, but if you know about LibriVox and are wondering what to listen to, here are some that I have enjoyed (I’ll update the list periodically): NON-FICTION God and State, […]

LibriVox’s Madness

Here is a list of free audio books released by LibriVox … in the Month of March!!!! (books of particular interest are in bold): 1.Lines Written in Early Spring by Wordsworth, William 2.Byways Around San Francisco Bay by Hutchinson, W. E. 3.Clue of the Twisted Candle, The by Wallace, Edgar 4.Twilight of the Idols, The […]