1. Check out these visualizations of the entire Jack Kerouac novel On The Road, created by artist Stefanie Posavec. The sample above is the most analog of the series, which shows how colorful vector graphics can be used to display various data points about any novel. I’m not sure how exactly this would be turned into meaningful information, but I like looking at it. (Via Boing Boing, which also shares this Beat pastiche today.)
2. If an artist tried to chart a Richard Brautigan novel in vectors, I’m pretty sure the result would look something like a cup of bowtie pasta (al dente) in white cheddar sauce. Here’s an interview with the late novelist’s daughter Ianthe Brautigan, who wrote a very good book about her father several years ago and is now, I’m glad to hear, working on a novel.
3. “All of this makes one wonder where the proponents of a ‘clash of civilizations’ are going to find another civilization to clash with.” Hosam Aboul-Ela on Words Without Borders blog.
4. Good for London. By the way, if you or anyone you know would like a wider understanding of the historic context behind the world’s bottomless outrage at the Chinese government, I strongly recommend reading Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday. This is an unabashedly partisan book, but fact-filled and important nonetheless. I wrote an article about it here last year.
5. Back to the fun side of life: The Office is coming back! And John Kraskinski’s film of a David Foster Wallace book is actually going to happen, though, interestingly it is a book of short stories rather than a massive novel as originally hinted. Based on this interview, I am really looking forward to seeing this film.
6. Former gawker Emily Gould has joined GalleyCat! Since I like Gawker and I also like GalleyCat, I think this is pretty cool. In terms of relative talents, Gould is certainly a heavyweight here; this is sort of like when Joe Walsh joined the Eagles. As far as expected changes go, I am expecting to see many more exclamation points in GalleyCat! It’s already happening! Somebody else is joining GalleyCat too.