the excitement of boredom

Through a "River of Ink"

Through a "River of Ink"

"River of Ink", the debut novel of Brit Paul M.M. Cooper, is a marvel. I'd not heard of the man until he did his Reddit AMA a few months back, but the book was an easy sell on me: I'm quite partial to historical fiction and also enjoy reading

How copyright destroys the bookmarket

Copyright, in essence, seems like a good thing. But when it comes to books, a new study shows that copyright seems to have drastically curbed availability of books authored during the middle of the last century. Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view

Does reading make you a better person?

Reading is a solitary pleasure, but what exactly does it do to you as a human being? Make you better, worse, same? Salon has an article up about the topic and I’ll just quote the subtitle, which I think should be enough for you to want to read it

The Google Trap

Went and saw a discussion at the Thalia-bookshop here in Vienna about a new book by an Austrian journalist titled “Die Google Falle” (The Google Trap). Unfortunately, it was the worst panel discussion I’ve ever witnessed. Here are a few points they should consider next time they hold something


I just found out that three books I thought I’d have to return to the specialty library in a week, will not be due until the 8th of January. Which really kind of made my day. I know, getting all excited about a bunch of books that are not


And it’s in. Do not disturb this weekend.

Chuck and Choke

I recently finished reading “Choke” by author Chuck Palahniuk. And while I do suspect that Palahniuk’s mind is a scary thing, I liked it almost as much as “Diary”. Now “Diary”, that one really is disturbing, and kept reminding me of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Zombie”. Don’t ask me

On projects

Well, so we didn’t win the 2007 Lulu Blooker Prize with the Messages from the Lost Continent. It still was great to be shortlisted. Congratulations to the winners. On another note, I’ve started a new project with a friend. It’s called, and is something of

The Brothers Lionheart

When we were young, my parents always made sure we had enough books to read. One of the most read authors back then was Astrid Lindgren, whose books always were a lot more than simple youth fiction. Her books brilliantly managed to capture what it’s like to be a

Oh Rejoice!

Fantastic news just won’t quit: Messages from the Lost Continent, the book I helped write under the guidance of the ingenious speaking aardvark Horst has been shortlisted for the 2007 Blooker Price (ah, yes, it’s a pun…weblogs turned into books = blooks). With 34 entries and only 6

Introducing the Book

Found this on the Thingology weblog. Hilarious! Update: So this one is gone. But fear not, for I have found it on MySpace video as well.

The Torch online

Ever since reading Elias Canetti’s wonderful autobiography “The Torch in my Ear”, I’d wanted to get my hands on an edition of Karl Kraus’s self-published paper “Die Fackel” (The Torch), which of course gave Canetti’s book part of its title. Well, I never did get my