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One Book Can Improve Your Writing For a Lifetime

writing with style

I was first introduced to John Trimble’s Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing 25 years ago, when I was an undergraduate English major. The book is still on my shelf, in its second edition; I refer to the book often, and recommend it more often.

What makes this little book (fewer than 200 pages) so useful? Well, to begin with, this might sound strange, but it’s well written. My experience is that books about writing aren’t written in a very engaging way, that reading them can be like chewing rocks. I want a concise book with memorable examples that will improve my writing. The conversational tone of Trimble’s writing is less a manual of rules and more tutorial from a friend.

Here’s the entire chapter about revising:

Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do?

Hemingway: It depends. I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied.

Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you?

Hemingway: Getting the words right.

Enough said about revising, don’t you think?

Images Of The 8 Most Modern Libraries in the World

The blog Best Colleges Online has a review of the 25 Most Modern Libraries in the World, which they break out into categories: architecture, technology and innovation, digital collections. But, amazingly, they don’t include any images of the libraries they highlight for architecture. Well, I’ll do it.

A couple of notes: all of these images are from Flickr, which I use a lot for my podcast, Photo Share Podcast. I’ll give you one image for each library and a link to more images. Also, this is hard to believe, but I couldn’t find any images of the Library of Picture Books in Iwaki City of Fukushima Prefecture on Flickr. In fact, there are hardly any images on the Web at all. It’s actually pretty hard to find Creative Commons images to use for some of these libraries, that’s why I might give you a crappy photo, but there’s a link to better photos.

Which one is your favorite? Have you been to any of these?

Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

photo from flickr
more photos of Det Kongelige Bibliotek

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

photo from flickr
more photos of Bibliothèque nationale de France

Seattle Public Library, United States

photo from flickr
more photos of the Seattle Public Library

Malmo City Library, Sweden

photo from flickr
more photos of Malmo City Library

Geisel Library, San Diego, CA, United States

photo from flickr
more photos of the Geisel Library

Halmstad Library, Sweden

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more photos of Halmstad Library

National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague

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more photos of the National Library of the Czech Republic

Comments on radio and podcasting

Robin Good makes some interesting observations about the future of radio in a world with podcasting, though it seems to me that he glosses over how talk radio will be changed by podcasting/netcasting.

Music radio as we have known it is probably dead, and not because of satellite radio or netcasting. Radio has killed radio as an entertainment medium; they have advertised and marketed to us until our ears started to bleed, and now people are giving up. In addition, the nature of the technology makes audiences very hard to measure, meaning either the technology has to get better or advertising rates will drop (to keep advertisers with radio). As the television and Internet audience measurement technology improves this will probably negatively influence the world of commercial radio. There are too many other alternatives, including netcasting, to be annoyed by the commercial pitches. After all, the content of music radio is not original. Continue reading