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Beyond Shakespeare at The Critical Flame

Thanks to Daniel Pritchard and the Critical Flame for publishing my short opinion piece on Shakespeare and globalism. I wrote the piece in conjunction with my participation in…

My Watercolor Palette

My pigment selections.

Exhibition Review: China at the Center, at the Asian Art Museum

In London in December 1598 a group of actors and other theatrical professionals, part of a company called the Chamberlain’s Men, armed themselves with “swords, daggers, bills, axes,…

The Asian at Fifty: First Impressions

In 1966 the Asian Art Museum opened as a branch of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. As a condition of the second of two major…

Friday Roundup : Links for January 15

“Every separation is a link” — Simone Weil Rats review NYC pizzas : Will Grimaldi’s sue the rats? How Capicola became Gabagool : Origins of the New Jersey Italian accent The…

New York Public Library provides hi-res images for free use

It’s encouraging to see libraries and museums beginning to make public domain images freely available, increasingly providing high-resolution scans or photos for downloading. Historically, they have guarded images of objects in their collections as a private source of income. Count the New York Public Library among the honorable elite who have made their pd images available to be shared.

The pot in the garden

Shakespeare’s garden, that is (click image for link to BBC video).    

Coming soon to an HR department near you?

IBM has developed a program called the “The IBM Watson Personality Insights Service” that “uses linguistic analytics to extract a spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics from the…

ROI review

A nice short review of River of Ink in my local paper: “River of Ink: Literature, History, Art” by Thomas Christensen (Counterpoint Press, $35, 320 pages). The title…

50 books designed

I realized recently that I’ve designed at least 50 books (those are the ones I can remember). No wonder I feel as tired as Madelaine Kahn in Blazing…

Young writers

I quite often get e-mails from young writers interested in book publishing, and I almost always find them always encouraging. A young writer wrote today to say: I read your article, “How to…

Hello world

“Hello World” used to be the first post of blog beginnings. Hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I made a post. At one time I was…

Tarting up Jane Austen

Since Jane Austen is so much in the news again these days, it might be worth revisiting this post, which I originally published in 2007: … Is the…

River of Ink: the cover

This is what I’m thinking of for the cover of my new book, a selection of my essays. We’ll see if my publisher likes it. I’m happy again…

Do you not be happy with me as the translator of the books of you?

“Shamed by you English? You can speak soon and write like a graduate college if me let you help for a day of 15 minutes.”

What is water?

Cool video made from David Foster Wallace commencement address.

Friday roundup: links for April 3

“Every separation is a link.” — Simone Weil Star musicians’ backstage food requests : What makes it cool are the photos in a Flemish Baroque style Niall Ferguson apologizes :…

Friday roundup: Links for 26 April

“Every separation is a link” — Simone Weil Blood and tragedy: The Caucasus in the literary imagination : Why Tolstoy is “the most revered Russian writer in Chechnya” Chechnya’s…

Landscape with Yellow Birds: Selected Poems by José Ángel Valente

I returned home yesterday to find a case of books waiting for me. This is my translation of poems by José Ángel Valente, considered by many the most…

Fun with panoramas

Stitching together photos can be great fun in the proper context. I think the Piazza del Duomo in Milan counts as one of these. This photo was taken…

Mailbag: NCBR (1616)

This is nice. While I was traveling I received this e-mail: Dear Tom Christensen, On behalf of the Northern California Book Reviewers (NCBR), I am delighted to tell…

Canon Powershot A630 vs. Olympus PEN E-PL2

Pixels or sensor size? Consumers have been trained to judge cameras by their pixel counts, But there are other factors that may be more important to image quality,…

Pulp nonfiction

  Thanks to the Pulp-O-Mizer.

Friday roundup : Links for 9 March

“Every separation is a link.” — Simone Weil The rise of paywalls : Information wants to be free. Unfortunately, free doesn’t pay the bills News Corp spinning off its…