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Some great online reading

(Also just this once)… copy & pasted the & in copy & paste from Auriea’s Journal because… I want this list where I can always find it…

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textz.com newsletter october 2001
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10 of our september 11 textz
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hakim bey: millennium
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=bey+millennium

hermann l. gremliza: bedeutende ernte
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=gremliza+ernte

robert kurz: totalitäre ökonomie und paranoia des terrors
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=kurz+paranoia

brian massumi: everywhere you want to be
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=massumi+everywhere

yann moulier boutang: apocalypse gênes
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=boutang+apocalypse

gianfranco sanguinetti: remedy for everything
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=sanguinetti+french

georg seeßlen: die blendung
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=seesslen+blendung

klaus theweleit: twin towers
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=theweleit+towers

leo trotzki: über den terror
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=trotzki+terror

raoul vaneigem: terrorism or revolution
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=vaneigem+terrorism

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10 of our most popular textz
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douglas adams: the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy trilogy
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=adams+guide

kathy acker: the language of the body
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=acker+language

nanni balestrini: gli invisibili
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=balestrini+invisibili

a.s.ambulanzen: feminists like us
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=ambulanzen+feminists

charles baudelaire: les fleurs du mal
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=baudelaire+fleurs

george orwell: 1984
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=orwell+1984

oscar wilde: the picture of dorian gray
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=wilde+picture

central intelligence agency: psychological operations ...
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=agency+operations

william s. burroughs: the electronic revolution
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=burroughs+revolution

adilkno: cracking the movement
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=adilkno+movement

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10 of our most recommended textz
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antonin artaud: le pèse-nerfs
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=artaud+pese-nerfs

mike davis: beyond blade runner
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=davis+beyond

guy debord: la societé du spectacle
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=debord+societe

gilles deleuze: postscript on the societies of control
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=deleuze+postscript

thomas frank: the conquest of cool
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=frank+cool

matthew fuller: it looks like you're writing a letter ...
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=fuller+letter

jean-luc godard: allemagne neuf zéro
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=godard+allemagne

michael hardt / antonio negri: empire
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=hardt+empire

courtney love: music and piracy
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=love+music

daniel r. white: augustine of epcot - the city of disney
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=white+augustine

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10 of our most recent textz
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peter greenaway: a walk through h
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=greenaway+walk

theodor w. adorno / max horkheimer: tierpsychologie
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=adorno+tierpsychologie

wilhelm reich: die aufhebung der familie
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=reich+familie

ulrike meinhof: warenhausbrandstiftung
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=meinhof+warenhausbrandstiftung

mckenzie wark: hacker manifesto 2.0
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=wark+hacker

maurice blanchot: death sentence
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=blanchot+death

michel serres: scientific ethics
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=serres+ethics

maurizio lazzarato: new forms of production and circulation ...
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=lazzarato+forms

vilém flusser: the bag
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=flusser+bag

hans-christian dany: die acht schönsten fahrten durch rio
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=dany+rio

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10 of our largest textz
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leo tolstoy: war and peace
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=tolstoy+war

james joyce: ulysses
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=joyce+ulysses

charles baudelaire: curiosités esthétiques
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=baudelaire+curiosites

kevin kelly: out of control
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=kelly+control

herman melville: moby dick
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=melville+moby

georg wilhelm friedrich hegel: phänomenologie des geistes
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=hegel+phaenomenologie

fyodor dostoyevsky: crime and punishment
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=dostoyevsky+crime

franz kafka: tagebücher
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=kafka+tagebuecher

neal stephenson: snow crash
http://textz.com/index.php3?text=stephenson+snow

marcel proust: le temps retrouvé
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Reading Gordon’s book

Inverting the theme this time: fall and rise. I finally got around to starting Gordon’s novel. It has been sitting on my hard disc for over a year now, and on an over-lazy train journey back to Sheffield I decided that reading it on screen would be preferable to writing another suite of web apps (hah! Like I ever do that!) I’ve only ever done that with one other full length book – Bruce Sterling’s Hacker Crackdown, and I have to say that DOS Edit with it’s white-on-blue text and easily-understandable scrollbars is a lot easier going than MS-Word with its black-on-white and random page-jumps. But, whatever. The book was (is) good. Fucking good. My god, he has that inner mental voice down perfectly. I love Gordon. You can always tell that all this stuff is going on inside him. But it’s not the kind of thing you can talk to him about. You can’t tell him how wonderful (and yet screwed up) he is, you just hope that he picks it up by osmosis over a number of sessions down the pub. You can’t really discuss shared experiences (unless properly drunk), everyone is obviously too fragile for that. You just hope that… a bit of admiration slips out once in a while, in amongst the endless piss-taking and devil-may-care-who-really-cares jive talking.

The art of slow reading

Reading on the tube into work this morning (Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels), I was struck by the usual problem – kept drifting off, too many thoughts in my head, every paragraph I read went straight over it (my head, that is). I had to go back, re-read, re-read, until the contents finally sank in. I kept trying to fight off the future and the past… got… to… concentrate on the present – the words in front of me on the page – but all to no avail (shit, what was in that last sentence again? And what was this paragraph about?). The hangover didn’t help either.

And then I started sl..o..o..o..w..ing down. Read each word at a snail’s pace. Gave it time to take on meaning before going on to the next. It worked a treat. Images started building up in my mind. The whole book took on a richer meaning. It struck me that I always seem to be rushing through books, anxious to get to the end, say “finished that”, and start reading another one, rather than savouring it. In fact, it’s not just books that I do that with. Time to sl..o..o..o..w life down a bit too, I think.

I then realised that space is so important in everything. I used to hear people say that space is important in music, but didn’t believe it at the time, as I was busy trying to learn to squeeze 500 notes of bass-madness into every spare second. Now of course I know what they mean. Likewise in painting and other art – it’s often what you leave out that makes for beauty (just ask a Japanese painter). A good designers is a respecter of white-space. And the universe itself, of course, is made up of atoms containing teeny tiny particles rattling around in a big big gap. So, space is the answer, less is more, how very zen.

Time to get off the tube. Mind the gap.