"What will survive of us is love."
Wonderful read on what we might lose as we replace letters with email
"Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy. As in the sexual experience, there are never more than two persons present in the act of reading — the writer, who is the impregnator, and the reader, who is the respondent. This gives the experience of reading a sublimity and power unequalled by any other form of communication."
E. B. White on the future of reading – timeless, strikingly timely meditation from 1951:
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Philip K. Dick on reality, media manipulation, and human heroism – a must-read
A collection of Dr. Seuss’s little-known wartime propaganda cartoons.
“Usually, it is a simple hustle. Someone pays me, I manufacture a story for them, and we trade it up the chain — from a tiny blog to Gawker to a website of a local news network to the Huffington Post to the major newspapers to cable news and back again, until the unreal becomes real. Sometimes I start by planting a story. Sometimes I put out a press release or ask a friend to break a story on their blog. Sometimes I ‘leak’ a document. Sometimes I fabricate a document and leak that. Really, it can be anything, from vandalizing a Wikipedia page to producing an expensive viral video. However the play starts, the end is the same: The economics of the Internet are exploited to change public perception — and sell product.”
A fascinating insider’s look at the craft of public opinion manipulation.
An extraordinary look at the inner world of a genius, oscillating between conviction and insecurity in the most beautifully imperfect and human way possible. From detailed notes on her formidable media diet of literature and film to her intense love affairs and infatuations to her meditations on society’s values and vices, the hefty volume is a true cultural treasure.
David Carson, considered the greatest graphic designer working today, brings Marshall McLuhan’s “probes” – his signature cryptic aphorisms – to life.
A brief history of The Medium is the Massage and how media theoriest Marshall McLuhan, visionary publisher Jerome Agel, and trailblazing designer Quentin Fiore launched the idea paperback as show business and created a new visual vernacular for the information age.
An intelligent manifesto for optimizing the 11 hours we spend consuming information on any given da in a way that serves our intellectual, creative, and psychological well-being.
A field guide to the visionaries—and the fans—who are reinventing the art of storytelling.
Legendary science writer James Gleick explores the past and future information in what’s easily 2011’s most notable book. Flowing from tonal languages to early communication technology to self-replicating memes, Gleick delivers an astonishing 360-degree view of the vast and opportune playground for us modern “creatures of the information,” to borrow vocabulary from Jorge Luis Borges’ much more dystopian take on information in the 1941 classic, “The Library of Babel,” which casts a library’s endless labyrinth of books and shelves as a metaphor for the universe.