He could have told George he was writing about the hostage to bring him back, to return a meaning that had been lost to the world when they locked him in that room. Maybe that was it.

When you inflict punishment on someone who is not guilty, when you fill rooms with innocent victims, you begin to empty the world of meaning and erect a separate mental state, the mind consuming what’s outside itself, replacing real things with plots and fictions. One fiction taking the world narrowly into itself, the other fiction pushing out toward the social order, trying to unfold into it. He could have told George a writer creates a character as a way to reveal consciousness, increase the flow of meaning. This is how we reply to power and beat back our fear.

By extending the pitch of consciousness and human possibility.

Mao II by Don DeLillo


I first wrote about input in this post about keyboards. I’ve always liked typewriters, or so I thought for the longest time. I had a beige IBM Selectric that I wrote TV scripts and documentaries on in the 1980s. After following a tip from a friend, I bought it off the back of a truck in New York, in Hell’s Kitchen, and it was most certainly stolen. The Selectric came in a bloody box that recently held dead chickens, judging from the feathers inside and sticky red stuff that looked like blood.

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Okay, last night I gave Everything Everywhere All at Once at try. I’m a big Michelle Yeoh fan. The acting was great. But I felt like I was watching a really loud YouTube video that went on for hours. I’m sure in another universe there is a version of me who liked it more.

Say what you like about John Gruber, but his all-in dedication to all things Mac is impressive. He is my “check first” news source.

Just got back from the café. The incantations worked again, thank goodness. @pimoore @hcmarks

What a hell of a bore to have to think of it even—and I’m enough of a flibbertigibbet to have panics in the middle of the night about money.

Virginia Woolf Letter to Ethyl Smyth 2nd July 1934

– from Letters of Note. It’s a newsletter worth reading.

Something about this pandemic-era breadmaking captures the rage of the moment.

Two more parts of novel copyediting/line edits to go. Then it’s on to the comments from my editor.

The Waveform Issue 26–The Body Issue

The Waveform is a newsletter from Red Cup Agency about the next edge in podcasting. In each issue, I’ll stay on top of things for you. When Red Cup launches a new show or posts an episode that stands out, I’ll drop that into the newsletter. I’m Lee Schneider, founder and lead producer at Red Cup Agency. Did someone forward this to you, or are you reading it on the web?

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How can a book that once seemed so smart now seem so far out of step? I puzzle over this as I revisit Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants

Take care of each other.

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