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Having heard the Beethoven, we hear Ives differently, and having heard the Ives, we hear Beethoven differently. We carry the discourse around in our heads. We can no more ignore it - can no more listen ‘innocently’ - than we can follow the ancient recipe for turning lead into gold…...

Just a quick update on the status of the book I’m currently writing on the democratic discourse of librarianship. The book now has a publisher page and an expected publication date of May 2019. Next week I’m presenting the basic argument of the book at the Ontario Library Association Superconference...

Note: I am indulging here in thinking out loud, putting these things down to clarify my own thought a little. In his 1947 study of William Blake, Fearful Symmetry, Northrop Frye remarks that “idealism is a doctrine congenial to poets” (14). I think there is something to this, since in...

Last year, I resolved - as a chronic book non-finisher - to finish reading as many books as I could. I didn’t particularly succeed at that, but I did manage to slog through some books to the end that I would ordinarily have given up on. This year, partly because...

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about alternatives to exchange economies, prompted by David Graeber’s analysis of the mythical origins of exchange and money in his book on debt. One thing that Graeber discusses is that, contra the bourgeois economists and contemporary hegemonic thinking on the subject, members of ancient...