Augustine’s brilliant emphasis on language as a means of passage between our interior selves and the external world, a bandwidth for the expression of desires, introduces a theme which resurfaces again and again, almost uncannily, in the consideration of communication or information technologies. What is striking is not the truism that media of communication provide a link between internal selves and the world around them; what is striking is the anxiety that surrounds that linkage. We find that anxiety even in Augustine’s conclusion, that language acquisition propelled him “into the stormy life of human society.”
• Trianon: A Novel of Royal France by Elena Maria Vidal in Literature & Fiction—Another title for my TBR list.
• mitali’s fire escape: Amazon as Publisher? An Insider’s View From YA Author Zetta Elliott—Excellent post. Zetta Elliott talks about her experience with AmazonEncore, a “program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate.”
• Welcome to the April Carnival of Children’s Literature! | forwordsbooks (Did I really never post this? I just found this link in a draft. Doh!)
Links for July 11, 2008
Rohan Maitzen on academic blogging
Links for June 20, 2008
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