He felt the full warmth of that pleasure from which the proud shut themselves...– G. K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross. All three of these examples, and the effect described, resonate with me very much. I have also attached the quote as a footnote to this post from 2003.
—Attributed to Lewis Carroll. The poem can be read horizontally as well as vertically, and the poetic thought is actually quite good. Of its history, Martin Gardener writes, One of Carroll’s most remarkable poems, if indeed he wrote it, was first published by Trevor Wakefield in his Lewis Carroll Circular, No. 2 (November 1974). The poem is quoted in a letter to The Daily Express (January 1,...
James I was always boasting of his skill in what he called kingcraft; and yet it...– Thomas Macaulay, History of England — a good example of our innate inability to recognize our own shortcomings.
Subscriptions and the Kindle
In order to be able to truly disconnect from their laptops and back-lit screens, Kindle users need three things: automatic delivery (don’t make me hunt online for all my reading material), good content, and a good format that fits the device well. You can only get two out of three from Amazon’s Kindle store – good content is everywhere, delivery works (mostly) as advertised, but the content is...
Interactive Fiction and the Kindle
The Kindle’s focus on text and its crisp display would seem to make it the ideal platform for Interactive Fiction (IF), and one wishes Amazon would lead at least an experimental effort in writing the software to make this happen. As it is, however, the job has been left up to hobbyists and enthusiasts, and most of these projects are still in the early-germination stages. Parchment and Portable...