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    • AMMDI is an open-notebook hypertext writing experiment, authored by Mike Travers aka @mtraven. It's a work in progress and some parts are more polished than others. Comments welcome! More.
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  • I used to have a perfectly good blog called Omniorthogonal, but for various reasons, I felt an urge to try some new formats for my writing . Neither this nor the older thing is exactly right, and perhaps nothing could be, but I'm enjoying the change. Along with changing the technology and structure, I'm also exploring variations on the purpose of my writing, what it is that I am trying to say.
from This is Your Mind on Plants, Pollan
  • How can you possibly expect to write anything when you can't concentrate? That's pretty much all writers do: take the blooming multiplicity of the world and our experience of it, literally concentrate it down to manageable proportions, and then force it through the eye of a grammatical needle one word at a time. I'ts a miracle anyone ever managees this mental feat, or at least it seems that way on day three of caffeine withdrawal. (p93) writing
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21 Mar 2021 10:32 - 10 Apr 2022 04:26

    • On the nature of writing and its relationship to thought, or how we think about thought, Orality and Literacy blew my mind, along with Phil Agre's Writing and Representaton. Highly recommend.
    • Of course we are in the midst of a complete technological revolution in writing, at least as important as the invention of printing. Social media combines elements of the written word and the real-timeness of the oral...and I'm sure this has been analyzed to death somewhere...
    • All writing is pigshit. Those who attempt to turn any part of the mind into words on a page – are pigs.
    • The old novelists like Scott were always writing their way out of debt...laudable...a valuable attribute for a writer is tenacity. So William Seward Hall sets out to write his way out of death. Death, he reflects, is a kind of spiritual bankruptcy. One must be careful to avoid the crime of concealing assets...a precise inventory will often show that the assets are considerable and that bankruptcy is not justified. A writer must be very punctilious and scrupulous about his debts.
    • Writing is born from and deals with the acknowledged doubt of an explicit division, in sum, of the impossibility of one's own place.
      • – Michel de Certeau, L'Ecriture de l'histoire (quoted in D&G book on Kafka)