Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Thursday, February 17, 2011

about bookblogging

Here's the funny thing about bookblogging: I tend to feel that it's okay to blog my way through older books, and through brand-new books, but not through recent books. Something that's old enough to have a significant anniversary, like Winner's The Whale and the Reactor, or that is in the public domain, like Bacon's The New Atlantis, is fair game. So too is anything that has come out in the past three or four months. But I feel that if I were to blog my way through Shirky's Cognitive Surplus or Tim Wu's The Master Switch people would say, Dude, that's been done. Nothing feels more dead than the recently prominent.

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