Writing from May 2008

Different types of funny

These two week “holidays” from college don’t get any less hectic. Busy busy.

Last week was the end of our penultimate term and we had our usual end-of-term performance, presenting a few things we’ve worked on during the previous weeks. Usually, pieces in the performances have all been in response to provocations from the teachers as part of our weekly Creation themes. This term, in which we’ve looked at clowning and other comedic territories, was more free-form and so some of the pieces performed were put together just because someone had an idea.


In LISPA on 14 May 2008. Permalink

More Twitter angst

A month ago I posted about making my Twitters private, along with the social angst involved. I’ve now changed my mind and gone public again.


In Misc on 19 May 2008. Permalink

Risking execution

In the current London Review of Books Terry Eagleton writes on the history of publishing books anonymously:


In Periodicals on 22 May 2008. Permalink

Stop and go "Huh?"

At the start of this Terry Eagleton article on anonymity from which I previously quoted he asserts that “All literary works are anonymous, but some are more anonymous than others.” I don’t want to discuss the nature of authorship (because I’ll be out of my depth in seconds) but this anonymity can be, in a way, a bigger problem online than in the real world. Someone writing online can certainly attempt to provide plenty of context to inform a reader — links to their personal website or further articles for example — and more is only a Google away. But this context is rarely explored by most readers and, the crucial difference between online and off-, the reader can, in turn, instantly respond in public: post a comment at the end of the writer’s piece, create their own weblog post, etc.


In Misc on 22 May 2008. 2 comments. Permalink