Category: reading

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Tintagel in Late Antiquity

Tintagel in Late Antiquity was a conference, held in Truro, Cornwall, April 21-23.  Although I am pretty much an outsider, both to archeology and to Cornwall (a transplanted American!) I’m really glad I went...

Games and Play

On New Year’s Eve, the postman delivered a copy of a new book from Bloomsbury, Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism.  It contains my essay, “Games and Play: Being Human in the Universe of Technical Images”. ...

Apple Treachery

I have long assumed that virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) were related in some vague way. I’ve gradually come to understand them as opposites, and more, possibly, good guys and bad guys....

Writing and Responding

Braiding Sweetgrass (2015) is a book about the contemporary relationship between plants and people.  More specifically, it is about the conflict and potential reconciliation between a botanical, scientific, written understanding of plants, and the orally transmitted...

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Democracy and a Prophecy

H.L.Mencken, “the sage of Baltimore,” wrote this sobering prophecy almost exactly a century ago. I found it recently posted on Facebook by a former friend (former by his decision, not mine). As democracy is...

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Cousin Tom, writing and reading

Yesterday my cousin Tom posted a text on Facebook, introducing an experiment.  The idea was, first, to check on who actually read his posts (and was willing to follow the instructions), and second, to kick-start a bit...