A Saved Wretch

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Archive for November 2017

Devotional reading in the digital age

I was sent a link to this article: Devotional Reading in the Digital Age today by my friend Chris. I could anticipate the likely conclusion of the author before I began reading, but was pleased to see a subtitle ‘Let’s not be luddites‘ towards the end of the piece. Overall, the argument is that a smartphone is designed for communication and makes this so easy to do that remaining undistracted […]

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2004 Reading

The books I read in 2004. Writing Fiction: An introduction to the craft by Garry Disher. Finished January 2004. ISBN 1-86508-589-8. The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber. Finished January 2004. ISBN 0-88730-728-0. Basically sings the prasies of companies such as McDonalds which are franchised and operate on the basis of very tightly controlled systems with minimal creativity. Mastering Fiction Writing by Kit Reed. Finished January 2004. ISBN 0-89879-479-X. […]

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2008 Reading

There are a finite number of hours in my life, and only a limited number of books that I can read. Realistically, I can easily read one book per month; 12 books per year; 396 books before I am 70. In choosing books to read, try to aim for literature that will enrich my soul – opt for quality rather than quantity. Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress Free […]

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My giant list of books to read

Books I intend to read These are books I already own because at some point I have decided that I want to read them. The lists below are not in any particular order, though I have split them into hardcopy vs Kindle to help me keep track of where each book is located and have separated out poetry books because I like to see what poetry books I’ve got in […]

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On bullshit

I just wasted about 15 minutes reading an essay by Harry Frankfurt on Bullshit. Why? I followed a link from Venkatesh Rao’s ‘Reading Now’ page out of curiosity. I have included a link to a PDF of the essay below, if you really want to read it I recommend looking at the last two pages first as they sum up what to me seems a tenuous argument. Bullshit is unavoidable […]

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Taking inspiration from Craig Mod

I stumbled across Craig Mod about five years ago when I read his excellent essay Hack the Cover, which then lead me to another outstanding article, Books in the Age of the iPad and also Post Artifact Books & Publishing. Then yesterday as I was casting around the web fishing for inspiration for my About page which needs a serious overhaul, I again came across his website and was inspired […]

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Craig Mod on the Indie Web

A good article about publishing independantly on the web: All you need is publish Craft Indie is lose your afternoon to RSS 2.0 vs Atom specifications indie. Craft Indie is .htaccessing the perfect URL indie. Craft Indie is cool your eyes don’t change indie. Craft Indie is pixel tweaking line-heights, margins, padding … of the copyright in the footer indie. Craft Indie is #efefe7 not #efefef indie. Craft Indie is […]

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