Saturday, April 10, 2004
Beyond Blogs: Selected Book Reviews for Spring
Not only don't I have time to read more books right now, I don't have
time to read these reviews...
So I'm posting links here, with the intention of coming back to read
the reviews, then pick a book or two to take to the beach or mountains
or somewhere that there aren't any weblogs to read. (Of course I
already have copies of Walden, Emerson's essays and
a few other books in my Palm Treo for those stray moments at the coffee
All Enemies' and 'Ghost Wars': Fixing the Blame.
Richard A. Clarke's news-making memoir is a thumping good read; Steve
Coll's pre-9/11 history is the best so far. By James Risen. [New York Times:
Fabric of the Cosmos': Weird Science. Brian Greene, the
author of "The Elegant Universe," explains cutting-edge ideas in
theoretical physics. By Roger G. Newton. [New York Times:
Man': Coney Island Okie. Ed Cray's biography makes clear that
Woody Guthrie was worthy of the legend he created. By Robert Christgau.
of Scots': Mary Stuart Living.
The historian John Guy describes how associates of Elizabeth I spun a
web of deceit that ensnared her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. By Gerard
Kilroy. [New York Times:
Wish I Had Said That, and I Will. Quotations can loose you
from the confines of your own taste. By Margo Jefferson. [New York Times:
what? The title in square brackets at the end of each item
is a blog convention to credit the source of verbatim text
from an RSS
feed. I've been experimenting with using
indentation and background colors to vary the appearance of my own
and verbatim "syndicated" quotes. However,
while switching back and forth between a Mac and a PC, using several
browsers on each, I've noticed that some environments don't display
the indentation or background colors I've been using... another "site
design" problem to fix eventually.
indented paragraphs above are verbatim book review summaries as
distributed on the Times's RSS feed.
trivia: The links to the full reviews use permalinks
provided by Radio Userland. Such
"partner" links take you right to Times pages even if you aren't a
nytimes.com user. For news stories, Userland links bypass the
archives. (Book review pages don't
retire into the paid archives.) For comparison, here are Userland and
direct addresses to a two-year old story about
revised April 13
An online fund-raising effort is underway to support youth media
organizations through Media Venture Collective, a group of activists
whose stated purpose is to help launch "open, participatory,
collaboratively-built, democratically accessible
public utilities that work better than media driven solely by the
"This is truly a technology of cooperation, by people whose work I've
trusted and respected for years," says Howard Rheingold. "Help grow the
Youth Media Exchange,
a free, open media publishing platform for youth media organizations
worldwide. I'm committing myself for $100. I recommend it." [Smart Mobs]
Here are some of the project's goals:
While Bloggercon next weekend will be talking about weblogs
and journalism, weblogs aren't the only "other journalism" being
explored out there... but weblogs and wikis (collaborative writing spaces) are both part of the Youth Media Exchange development effort.
- An online "commons" - free storage and bandwidth for video participants want to share online, provided by the Internet Archive.
- Interfaces and tools - To level the playing field for
access to that commons, no matter where you are or what language you
speak, and to highlight the work most worthy of attention.
- Mainstream exposure - YME will be working to finance
development of television pilots for the best of the material, to be
aired through Link TV, one of the partners that reaches 20M American homes, and other outlets.
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