Sunday, February 13, 2005

Innovation in older technologies?

I was just directed to this post, in which is discussed "Don Quixote, and how revolutions in technologies of writing paradoxically spur innovation in older technologies."

I have no comment as I haven't read it yet, but want to note it here before I forget.

I haven't read any DQ in a week. I really wish I'd gone with a paperback. Anyone?


Blogger Zee said...

Don't feel bad, Isabella. I had to take a couple of weeks off of DQ, only because my mind wasn't up to reading. I just needed some time off with so many feelings and thoughts to sort out with the recent death of my grandmother.

What has helped me -besides a few good friends and “therapists”- is I picked up a couple of easy reads, and was done with them in about five days. Now I feel refreshed and ready to pick up where I left off. So I'm headed outside, to take in great weather and enjoy my read. You know, I realized I was missing my trips to the bookstore to read DQ, and that was quite amusing…

Thanks for posting those links, Isabella. They seem interesting, and I’ll come back here to follow them as soon as I’m done.

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Blogger Andy said...

If I hadn't come across your site from bookworm, I wouldn't have been pointed to Mathew Kirschenbaum on technologies of writing, which I am fascinated by. Ta!

Just bought a three volume History of Reading, Writing, Language by Stven Roger Fischer which goes into all this stuff.

Matthew gives a wonderful diner party sciolist's brief on Q.! But there is the basics: commentaries on books are often more useful than the books themselves. There is no shame in that. We read about thousands of books we will never get round to reading. The point is to know enough about them to build up one's own sociology of literature. Who wrote what where when why and how? And does it matter?

For Cervantes, I would recommend reading more on the book and what the Spanish think about Q. {If my memory serves me Manuel de Unamuno's, The tragic Sense of Life is useful}.

Every Spaniard says he's read it and can quote from it. What is this about?

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