Here I share a variety of content. Lately I have been using this site to create a collection, scrapbook or journal of photos I have been taking with my mobile (skies, details from vinyl sleeves from my record collection, also some bookish stuff).
Unless it is indicated otherwise, the photos posted here have been taken by me. I try to post the sky photos in real time. Sometimes other kinds of stuff also appear here.
In the past I have also used this site to share links to interesting open access content by other authors, but now I usually do that elsewhere.
"Here words have presence only in so much as they are (literally) illumined from behind, just as we attain identity only retroactively, through a kind of perpetual process of catching up to ourselves". -Keep, McLaughlin and Parmar, 1993-2000
Es nuestro vigor primario, nuestra potencia creadora más profunda, nuestro fondo básico de energía vital, lo que nos infunde el deseo, no importa cuán irracional, de hacer incorrupto lo corruptible y eterno lo perecedero.
Francisco González-Crussi, Notas de un anatomista (1990:37)
This article typically fails to engage with the semantic aspects of books which cannot be digitised: it’s not the cliché that ”what one loves about books is the grain of paper and the scent of glue;” it’s the fact that not all books are the same and that the physical qualities of some books and manuscripts, which are not only the ‘contents’ of a page, provide important information. The typically metaphysical take on digitisation— that what is digitised is the ‘soul’ of a book, leaving the ‘body’ behind— is a caricature of the sociology of texts and of how materiality is a matrix of meanings of different orders. The widespread idea, popularised by articles like this, that any defence of the material aspects of books is fetishism (or technophobia) needs to be actively rejected. This denial of the importance of the materiality of books and other cultural objects fits perfectly within a lack of critique of the political economy of digital technologies. Who are the direct beneficiaries of a trigger-happy acceptance of information as merely 1s and 0s? Who benefits from the lack of appreciation and therefore forgetting of the material conditions of cultural and artistic production?
Proceedings of the conference organized by the IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Munich, 19-21 August 2009 edited by Bettina Wagner & Marcia Reed Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2010 ISBN 978-3-11-025324-5