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
A library of books or records brings no more into the home than a library of wines, set out on its shelves, labelled, dated, recorded. They must be arranged with a certain intelligence for different wines react differently to the conditions of storage.
Rupert Croft-Cooke, “Arranging Wines”, Wine and Other Drinks, 1962: 9.
There are in fact several reasons, apart from purely autobiographical ones, why I am writing about comics. I have been bothered for a long time that it is nigh on impossible to see the original materials being analysed in most critical studies. Too many critics expect to take their descriptions on faith. Often they tell us their conclusion with only fragmentary quotations. When studying pieces of popular culture, very often they do not bother to note their sources. No dates, no edition numbers. It doesn’t seem to matter, since their description must be accepted. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. The way critics look at their materials is already conditioned by their theories of ideology and influence. If we want to question those theories, it is vitally important to be able to re-view those original materials.
Martin Barker (1989), “Thinking About Ideology and Comics”, in Comics: Power, Ideology and the Critics. Manchester and New York, page 5.
…only a digital public library will provide readers with what they require to face the challenges of the 21st century — a vast collection of resources that can be tapped, free of charge, by anyone, anywhere, at any time.