Month: January 2008

Tilt-shifting the Pioneer Monument

Let’s have a little fun tilt-shifting San Francisco‘s Pioneer Monument. I choose the Pioneer Monument for a couple of reasons: I look down on it out my window…

Hexagram 26

The need for editorial direction

Web 2.0 experiments with open content are showing the value of moderated forums. Democracy is great, but chaos isn’t necessarily so hot. Once upon a time tech types…

Ousted L.A. Times editor blasts newspapers’ “psychology of surrender”

For the second time in a little over a year, the Los Angeles Times has lost its editorial director over conflicts between the editorial side and the business…

Avante-garde frustration

The British Library is hosting what might very well be a great exhibition on Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900–1937. They are…

Against violence in movies

Maybe it makes me a wuss, but I don’t care. I just have no interest in seeing violent films. Even though I host a blog about Mesoamerica and…

Google gone wild

What would cause Google to label the San Francisco Ballet website as porn? Please see the post on this subject at FriscoVista.

Difficult photo subject

I was struck by a subtle quality of light at dusk on Longboat Key. It’s the kind of effect that is very difficult to get in photos. It…

Book cover design: On Fishing

On Fishing is a good example of a mostly typographic cover that is distinctive, noticeable, and instantly conveys a sense of the book. The graceful loops of the…

Death of the Novel: A Literary Crossword

Click for larger version (pdf format). Commentary below. A daughter got me doing crosswords over the holidays. One thing that struck me was that the persona of the…

A printer’s rant

. via Pieces and Bits .

Destination bookstores

Has it come to this? Is it left to USAToday/Associated Press to be the guardian of our literary culture? Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor, has selected nine…

Amazon-France tussle continues

As noted before, the Europeans are less sanguine about large internet companies than is the U.S. In France, Amazon wanted to offer free shipping to its customers. But…

Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of good fiction writing

The first rule of good writing is that there are no rules. If Elmore Leonard had written Ulysses, or Metamorphosis, or Remembrance of Things Past, or Death on…

Trajan, the movie font

I don’t know why the Hollywood folks are so in love with Trajan, but it’s been a designer’s joke for years now — any Hollywood epic MUST use…

Independent book publishing, part 3

I’ve been surveying the state of independent book publishing. We looked at the changeover from the old system that was characterized by a diverse group of robust independent…

A tiny annoyance

I sometimes visit a popular literary blog where the posts alternate between rambling discourses and cryptic links. I generally prefer the links, except that the author uses the…

Independent book publishing, part 2

It’s time to get back to the discussion of the dilemma of independent book publishing, following holidays that were more disruptive than I anticipated. This project began when…

Google dangers and opportunities

A few months ago, scholars from the University of Graz in Austria released a 187-page pdf document, entitled Report on dangers and opportunities posed by large search engines,…

Happy Public Domain Day

Midnight at the end of December 31 marked the passing of countless works into public domain. Copyright laws vary by country around the world. Most countries observe passage…