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Writing tagged Notes

  1. The first life logger

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

  2. 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.

  3. Has become untethered

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

  4. Félix Fénéon’s worthy material

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

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

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

  6. Two NYRB notes

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

  7. LRB notes

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

  8. Paul Morley’s ‘Words and Music’

    Summary of what I liked and how it excited me.

  9. ‘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.

  10. 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.

  11. ‘Sanford Meisner on Acting’

    Notes on Meisner’s enjoyable and inspiring book.

  12. ‘Respect for Acting’ by Uta Hagen

    Notes on the book, which has been required reading for my Foundation acting course.

  13. London Review of Books, 20 April 2006

    Notes from this issue, including the cause of revolutions, modernism and Weegee.

  14. New York Review of Books, 9 February 2006

    Lots of quoting from a review of Jimmy Carter’s ‘Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis’. On the unintended consequences of anti-abortion, pro-life and pro-capital punishment policies.

  15. New York Review of Books, 12 January 2006

    Notes from this issue. A couple of quotes and a couple of links.

  16. ‘An Actor Prepares’ by Constantin Stanislavski

    Because I’m usually immersed in web stuff, it’s interesting to read a text whose ideas…

  17. Lorca: A Dream of Life by Leslie Stanton

    I scanned a couple of biographies of Federico Garcia Lorca to look for information about Blood…

  18. Piano Notes by Charles Rosen

    Fascinating insight into the world of professional piano-playing. I think you’d get even more…

  19. Mind Hacks by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb

    Finally got round to reading it and wasn’t disappointed. Very dense with interesting nuggets.…

  20. Guardian Review, 19 March 2005

    Ian McEwan on how one person taking someone else’s boots leads to the collapse of society (well, almost).

  21. London Review of Books, 5 March 2005

    Science should reconcile first and third person accounts of the universe, and novels written in free indirect style do just that.

  22. Getting Things Done by David Allen

    Toward the end of last year I felt the need to take stock of everything I was doing (or, more…

  23. Barbican: Penthouse Over the City by David Heathcote

    Most of the book is a detailed look at the various stages of planning the Barbican went through…

  24. How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand

    It’s taken me years to get round to buying and reading this book (and months to type the…