Archive for November, 2009
I’ve seen many things online over the years but few as impressive as this simple and unassuming webpage:
Not because of irony, or some boring 404 gag or anything as banal as that; I just love it. It’s so graceful, elegant & simple, and there’s something about its visual & textual language that’s near Biblical, in a quietly Puritanical way. Clearly Random House are as keen to publish quality online content as they are to publish traditional content.
I sincerely hope that dead links & cyber backwaters like this are never lost from the Internet; it would become a much poorer place without them.
When I am writing, I am constantly aware of a contract that exists between the reader and I. It goes like this:
- Writer: I promise to write something that isn’t shit
- Reader: I promise not be a cretin
It’s a simple contract but works well because it leaves both parties free to pursue their goals whilst putting the onus of quality on the other, thus ensuring that they are both playing at the height of their game; and it also opens both parties up to criticism but only to a degree that is fair, with each party regulating for him or herself what constitutes ‘fair’.