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The happiness of pursuit, or…

The focus on the pursuit of happiness, endorsed by the Declaration of Independence, fits well with the idea of life as a journey–a bright thread that runs through the literary canon of the collective human culture. With the world at your feet, the turns that you should take along the way depend on what you are at the outset and on what you become as the journey lengthens. Accordingly, the present book is an attempt to understand, in a deeper sense than merely metaphorical, what it means to be human and how humans are shaped by the journey through this world, which the poet John Keats called “the vale of soul-making”–in particular, how it puts within the soul’s reach “a bliss peculiar to each one’s individual existence.”

The focus on the pursuit of happiness, endorsed by the Declaration of Independence, fits well with the idea of life as a journey–a bright thread that runs through the literary canon of the collective human culture.3 With the world at your feet, the turns that you should take along the way depend on what you are at the outset and on what you become as the journey lengthens. Accordingly, the present book is an attempt to understand, in a deeper sense than merely metaphorical, what it means to be human and how humans are shaped by the journey through this world, which the poet John Keats called “the vale of soul-making”–in particular, how it puts within the soul’s reach “a bliss peculiar to each one’s individual existence.”

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I’ll have the roast pork, please…

The individuals who participated in the first Inquisition 800 years ago kept detailed records of their activities. Vast archival collections at the Vatican, in France and in Spain contain accounts of torture victims’ cries, descriptions of funeral pyres and even meticulous financial records about the price of torture equipment.

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“A few years ago, the intelligence agencies had some transcripts released … of interrogations that were done at Guantanamo, and the interrogations done by the Inquisition were surprisingly similar and just as detailed,” he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “[They were] virtually verbatim.”

 

Life support?…nah…

“…My agent – who did yeoman’s work on the manuscript and really functioned more as an editor – finally gave up and I moved on to my next project, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that there definitely was an audience for the book, so I self-published.” 

Publishing as we’ve known it is as close to dead as it can get…get used to it–to electronic reading and electronic self-publishing…there is no life support..

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/01/a-self-publishing-success-story.html

Make that a penguin on toast…hold the mayo..

http://boingboing.net/2012/01/02/more-information-about-pengu.htm

In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion. She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.” American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.

Everything made by man…is designed…

This is really sophisticated design material…much of it showcases intelligent and tasty work..the Dieter Rams stuff in particular…–MM

A retrospective exhibition dedicated to Dieter Rams, one of the 20th century’s most influential industrial designers. As head of design at Braun, the German consumer electronics manufacturer, Rams defined an elegant and rigorous visual language for its products

Light a candle (Kindle) for the bookshelf…

Amazon Kindle enjoys bumper Xmas...                                               “…Amazon sold more than four million Kindle e-readers and tablets in the United States in the run up to Christmas, according to figures from the online retail giant.”

The above news is only good news for self-publishers (like me)…My sense is that a tipping point is rapidly approaching when reading electronically is embraced more or less universally. In the cafe where I hang–somewhere in Central America–I see more and more every day, and can count on making a sale of my books to a Kindle-holder at the rate of several a week, and I, and they, are just getting started…–MM

Sendak doesn’t write childrens’ books…

http://boingboing.net/2011/12/30/interview-with-jolly-old-mauri.html

Watch this video, and then if you have the mind, find the very interview by Terry Gross on NPR–it’s intense, emotional, revealing, and deeply insightful; thoughts from a man in the home stretch of life..–MM

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Wanna bet…?

“…Regardless of how pervasive technology becomes in our literary lives, people will forever long for the tactile experience of reading a tangible book — bought from a tangible store”…                                                         .hmmmm, I wonder about this, maybe future generations not far down the line will find themselves turned-off to the fuss, not to mention the sheer weight, myriad environmental concerns, the smell of glue and musty paper–I give it a generation at best, actually…wanna bet?…–EDITOR.

Letters to NYTimes …click>

Merry ditto to all, and to all…

Somebody may have noticed that there have been few blogs of late at the Big Bad Press site; we’ve simply been concentrating on the blog: mickaragua.blogspot.com. If you’ve been following us here, there’s more there. Check it out…–MM

From all of us at Big Bad Press, management, staff, the mail boy, and the customer service department:

MERRY DITTO !

The gravity of the situation cannot be understated…

This is a notebook Newton acquired while he was an undergraduate at Trinity College and used from about 1661 to 1665 (see his inscription). It includes many notes from his studies and, increasingly, his own explorations into mathematics, physics and metaphysics. It was judged ‘Not fit to be printed’ by Newton’s executor and was presented to the Library by the fifth Earl of Portsmouth in 1872.
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Trinity College Notebook by Isaac Newton  Part of the Newton Papers