- New fiction at The New Yorker: "The Conductor" by Aleksandar Hemon. (By the way, The NYer site isn't very good about maintaining an archive of past fiction. This is when Google can be a revelation.)
- Speaking of online fiction ... I haven't read much of it yet this year. I did read Jeff Ford's "Man of Light", which was quite fun and, of course (this being a Jeff Ford story) marvelously written. Jeff described it to me as a "Manichean fairy tale". Indeed. (There are lots of good writers with stories at SciFiction so far this year, which makes me feel really quite guilty for not having had time to read any of their work yet.)
- Elves killed by punk rock.
- The Participatory Panopticon. You are being watched. And you will like it.
- Ron Silliman on Bruce Sterling: "If William Gibson is the Wordsworth of cyberpunk fiction, Bruce Sterling is the Coleridge."
- Arsenic. Old lace.
- "Tech Writers, Grammar, and the Prescriptive Attitude". This is an excellent overview of where a lot of the silliest "rules" of English grammar came from. (via languagehat)
- Long Story; Short Pier picks up on some things I said, and Jed picks up on that and some very interesting things get said about ostranenie and unheimlich, and I just wish I had time to respond, because it's a good discussion.
- Languages and time. (via Gravity Lens)
26 February 2005
Here are some things that are not here: