Hugh McGuire

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

Category: writing

Poetic Spam

So I just started a new little project, a literary journal called Poetic Spam…deets: Poetic Spam is a literary journal that celebrates the poetry of spam. Submission guidelines: 1. poetic spam submissions must be legitimate spam (email or comment), whose poetic quality glows through its spamminess 2. you may submit spam snippets, rather than the […]

evans on books

Sometime-Montrealer, occasional yulblogger, and fiction-writer Jon Evans has an article in the Walrus, called: Apocalypse Soon: The Future of Reading, about books, ebooks, the Internet, and publishing. Starting para: A few years ago, my first novel was published. It did pretty well, won an award, was translated and sold around the world; the movie rights […]

Another stupid article about blogs

In the LA Times, journalism prof Michael Skube writes a meaningless and silly article that argues… well nothing really … or sort of that bloggers are all opinion, no fact, and that’s a waste of everyone’s time. Title? “Blogs: All the noise that fits: The hard-line opinions on weblogs are no substitute for the patient […]

Vonnegut in Second Life. On Youtube.

Man, it is a brave new world. What do you get when you mix: Youtube, Second Life, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr? This: Here is the text that goes with the interview: In August 2006, the national, weekly public radio program, The Infinite Mind, made broadcast history as it aired a four-part special taped inside the […]

Prisoner of Zefra?

The Canadian military, specifically the Directorate of Land Strategic Concepts , has put out a novel called Crisis in Zefra (pdf) to explore how emerging technologies might impact on combat. Written by Karl Schroeder . Here’s a quote from the novel, for Boris: “A number of young men and women are approaching your position,” shesaid. […]

URGENT: zeke and a court injunction

Yulblogger, podcaster, ilesansfiler, and art gallery/space guy Chris Hand, aka Zeke, has had his blog shut down (UPDATE: possibly permanently???) by a court injunction. The Montreal and Canadian blogging, free speech, rational people communities ought to be up in arms. I urge everyone to at least write about this to get this info out. It’s […]

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 […]

i’ve moved!

Yesterday, I had coffee & a great talk with Matt Forsythe. He was the 5th? 6th? person in the last two weeks to make a comment about dose, dosemagazine, and the really awful CanWest rag, Dose.ca. His comment was something: “It took me a long time to read your blog without cringing because I always […]

How to Deal with Difficult People

I’ve always been an diplomatic sort, and I’ve learned a fair bit recently in some internet dust-ups. Experience at LibriVox and elsewhere has taught me some invaluable lessons in dealing with jerks. Everyone deserves at least one thoughtful and detailed explanation, but often people then push for more. And more. A friend just had a […]