'Writing a story is like crossing a stream, now I'm on this rock, now I'm on this rock, now I'm on this rock' - Ann Beatie (via Francesca Rhydderch & The Paris Review)
This week I have mostly been reading books and taking long thinking walks, going to art galleries and scribbling things down in notebooks. I took a pile of books out of Cardiff Central Library. Books like
You Are Not A Gadget. A Manifesto. - Jaron Lanier
The Cult of the Amateur. How blogs, MySpace, YouTube and the rest of today's user-generated media are killing our culture and economy - Andrew Keen (which of course I shall blog about)
Cyburbia. The Dangerous Idea That's Changing How we Live and Who we Are. - James Harkin
The Future of the Internet and How to Stop it. - Jonathan Zittrain
The Shallows. How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember - Nicholas Carrhis
Can you guess what it is yet? This novel?
I've also read some other books. Books that include Cherry by Matt Thorne, The Rough Guide to the Future (because all these big non-fiction books seemed daunting, and this was an easy read introduction/revision of what I know about predictions for future technology), Against The Machine by Lee Siegal, some cyberpunk because I'm interested in how we probably now live in a cyberpunk era, and some other stuff including newspapers and the Sunday Times winning short story. I read an article on David Foster Wallace was really interesting also, especially in light of this Guardian article on what writers leave behind in a digital age. Thoughts have been spinning around my head about how nothing is deleted on the internet and what that means for society and the individual, the longevity of the artist, life, death and what it means to be human. Nothing too big, paranoia inducing or existential then. Excellent. I'm going to sleep well writing this, I just know it.
PS. Talking of David Foster Wallace, his widow is interviewed in today's Observer.