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Writing tagged Notes

  1. A better afterlife

    Two bits from reports about UK social attitudes, aspiration and inequality.

  2. Ignore the naming of objects

    Is it better to know everything about a city, or the countryside, or is it better to rely only on your imagination?

  3. ‘Cognitive Surplus’ by Clay Shirky

    My notes from reading the book.

  4. Pirate economics

    The pay differentials of 18th century pirates.

  5. 30 tons of baggage

    A description of a Victorian journey into Africa and the huge amount of resources required.

  6. A pint bottle full of HeLa

    The story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells that went on to be used in medicine without her family knowing.

  7. Cool down, little girl

    Some examples of little details that bring to live much larger issues.

  8. More than a million

    Some bits from a review of a book about Henry Wellcome’s huge collection of objects.

  9. DIY Design

    My notes from the St Bride Library conference 2010.

  10. A dispiriting blank side

    How writers and an artist cope with the blank page.

  11. Stilt-walking ants

    Some fun things about ants.

  12. The first life logger

    Gerolamo Cardano may have been the world’s first life logger or quantified self or whatever.

  13. Risking execution

    Reading Terry Eagleton writing about the history of publishing anonymously, and failing to see modern day publishers, online or off, risking execution to safeguard a writer’s anonymity.

  14. Has become untethered

    Two quotes from the LRB and NYRB on religion / secularism and US politics.

  15. Félix Fénéon’s worthy material

    Félix Fénéon’s ‘Novels in Three Lines’ as great Twitter fodder, plus some other related eye-openers.

  16. ‘A Whore’s Profession’ by David Mamet

    Notes on this collection of essays. Most of the notes are about acting and directing.

  17. Two NYRB notes

    The UN, European vs US 20th century war casualties, and Bush’s speechwriters.

  18. LRB notes

    Three passages from past London Reviews of Books. Empson on Christianity, Pythagorean rules, and the screams of children from old English schools.

  19. Paul Morley’s ‘Words and Music’

    Summary of what I liked and how it excited me.

  20. ‘True and False’ by David Mamet

    My notes on the book, in which Mamet rants against acting eduction, acting teachers, The Method… everything other than the actor getting on stage in front of an audience and delivering the author’s lines.

  21. New York Review of Books, 27 April 2006

    A few quotes/statistics from a review of books on globalization for me to remember not to forget.

  22. ‘Sanford Meisner on Acting’

    Notes on Meisner’s enjoyable and inspiring book.