A black fountain pen on a journal page

Collected quotes, 1 of n

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Bits and Pieces


All these clocks, like the whole information industry today, run the risk of no longer communicating anything because they tell too much. But they also possess another characteristic of the information industry: they no longer speak of anything except themselves and their internal functioning. Eco, Umberto. “How Not to Know Read more…

Home and the city

I’ve been working my way through Reportage on Crime, an anthology of Nick Joaquin’s true crime stories. One such piece, “The Lodger,” deals with the demographic shift in Manila brought on by the influx of laborers (and their families) from the provinces. I don’t have the same intimate understanding of Read more…

Panel from Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics" defining the term

Postscript: Understanding Comics

Towards the end of January, the 99% Invisible podcast ran an episode with eminent comics creator and scholar Scott McCloud about the design features of comics. It’s a great episode that provides a good thumbnail sketch of some of comics’ most important formal elements.   I first read comics in grocery Read more…

Cover of Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking

Read Harder #12: Wishful Drinking

#12: A celebrity memoir – Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher gives readers a glimpse at the woman behind the famous Princess Leia. She mentions several times that the book takes, in part, from her show of the same name, and the writing proves it: Fisher takes a conversational — sometimes Read more…

Library shelves with books - header for Read Harder Challenge 2018

Read Harder 2018

I made a resolution to read more last year, and 2017 ended with a respectable 36 books tallied. Not bad for a year spent in the intellectual doldrums. (That isn’t drama, either; the worst and longest of my depressive episodes had me vegetating on the couch, staring blankly as episodes Read more…