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…and the Deathly Hallows
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Now I know the name of my desire.

Man, it’s going to be a good summer.

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The Journal of Consilience
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Ah: The awesome Public Library of Science just launched PLoS ONE, an open-access scientific journal without boundaries:

PLoS ONE features reports of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.

But this is perhaps the most important distinction:

Too often a journal’s decision to publish a paper is dominated by subjective criteria, which can be frustrating and delay the publication of your work. PLoS ONE will publish all papers that are judged to be rigorous and technically sound. Judgments about the importance of any particular paper are then made after publication.

Read that last sentence a few times. That’s kinda the genius of the entire internet, isn’t it? Publish first, filter second!

(Via David Weinberger.)

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Car Salesmen
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‘Sometimes, the truth of a stereotype can make it all the more wonderful.’ (Via. And don’t stop there.)

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Live Action Hamster Video Game
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Via.

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Variations on a Theme
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DrawerGeeks.com: Twice a month, graphic artists reimagine popular icons. Behold the wizardry. MeFidelic.

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links for 2006-12-11
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What's An Author?
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What’s an author? Why, just the sum of her readers, of course!

Try this on for size:

This is not to say that all networked writing will take place in vast wiki collectives. The individual author will be needed more than ever as a guide through the info-glutted landscape. But writers’ relationship with their readers will change as writing moves from the solitary desk to the collaborative network. No longer just an audience, readers will become assets, and eventually writers will be judged not for the number of books they sell but for the quality and breadth of their networks.

And then imagine that perhaps it is not actually a new phenomenon. What’s Plato but the collection of people who have read, discussed, and saved Plato? What’s Rachel Carson without the same?

I am newly in love with the idea of authorship as the creation of a community — by whatever means necessary or possible — around your ideas.

English majors, have at it.

(Link from Forbes.com’s great and completely-out-of-left-field report on books.)

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Techno-Triumphalist Takedown
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Ezra Klein offers a good reminder: The internet only goes so far. The source post he links to is pretty sharp, too.

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Xmas Tunes
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PlanetDan’s Kick-assiest Xmas List is actually pretty kick-ass.

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The Original Miss Manners
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One of the tons of literary references in The Year of Magical Thinking is to the section of Emily Post’s Etiquette that deals with funerals. Didion mentions she ran across Etiquette on the Internet, and sure enough, here it is, with its ultra-authoritative tone, sage wisdom on matters particular, and wry wit:

A man whose social position is self-made is apt to be detected by his continual cataloguing of prominent names. Mr. Parvenu invariably interlards his conversation with, “When I was dining at the Bobo Gildings'”; or even “at Lucy Gilding’s,” and quite often accentuates, in his ignorance, those of rather second-rate, though conspicuous position. “I was spending last week-end with the Richan Vulgars,” or “My great friends, the Gotta Crusts.” When a so-called gentleman insists on imparting information, interesting only to the Social Register, shun him!

I move that we resurrect the verb to interlard.

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