Sunday, April 20, 2008

Reading Update

Listened to: Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. Singing plays a major role in this story so the full cast audio breaking out into song seems to suit this format. The theme of character over beauty is obvious but doesn't overshadow the story too much. I enjoy most of the fractured fairy-tales and this spin on Snow White was pretty good but must admit the singing did wear on me after a while.

Read: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book uses a unique format to tell the story of a teen girl's suicide from her view point and one who knew her. While very compelling, it never over dramatizes which reinforces the fact that most come to this place quietly and internally as you slowly loose a sense of having a place in the world. Done with the right voices, this could be a good audio.

Read: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. Naomi hits her head in a fall and forgets 4 years. You start out wondering what you would do with your life if you had no memory of the past, who would you be and end up thinking about what we forget and what we remember, getting over things and going on. A great girl book with a nice romance. Read it because the author's Elsewhere could be on my favorite book list, if I took the time to make one.

Saw: Persepolis Note: turn down your sound. The web page is in French but the movie has been re-released in English. No subtitles. Based on the graphic novels. Enjoyed it.

Professional Reading: Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger. Interesting. It's about the third order of order, organizing information in the world of bits, a world without the limitations of paper. The world of and tags. I get some of it but his business/marketing background comes through in the end when it becomes about how to maximize your business by taking advantage of the third order. Many of us resent the way any site we visit tracks what we do to use for their own purposes, an assault of our privacy that we pay to use the www. And while he mentions sites that help consumers, how are most of us going to find them to take advantage of them, not to mention that vast majority of average people don't know most of what exists out there, but do their own thing? There is still a digital divide, it just changes. And we do create meaning, but individually, and while there may be some overlap, I haven't reached the place where the big mess is helping me. He may say my world just hasn't become big enough or messy enough yet for the meaning to become clear. Right now I simply don't have the time or the interest to explore the broader social world of the social sites I now use and I just use them to create my own meaning with my stuff. If someone else uses my stuff, fine, I guess. My interests lie elsewhere. I will say I do like the way he explains this third order and how we use it or can use it.

Amazing how much you can read when there is no new TV. Next week things will change.

Reading next: the recommended One Whole and Perfect Day.


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