Monday, September 27, 2010

Daily Thoughts 9/27/2010 (Spook Country)

Gerard Dou (1613, Leiden – 1674, idem), Painter With A Pipe and Book, Self Portrait, Oil On Panel (1650)

Daily Thoughts 9/27/2010

We have a community program on AIDS tomorrow.  I am putting together a bookmark with recommended book titles and pulling some books on AIDS and HIV for the program.  We also have the Directors Station meeting tomorrow at Chappaqua.  This should be interesting.

Today has been a steady day.  I checked the displays, did some spot checking in the 300s, and did a small amount of weeding in the oversize 300s.  I also did a little bit of checking on BWI.

The book Spook Country by William Gibson came in for me to read.  I also finished reading Third World America by Arianna Huffington on the train in to work.

Spook Country is revealing some common themes in the trilogy of Spook Country, Pattern Recognition, and Zero History.  Each book seeks to find something hidden, has ornate background descriptions, uses music as a kind of subtheme to add to the mood of the writing, and usually has some right wing secretive group as the opposition.

Hubertus Bigend is a kind of representative of a hidden war that is going on in the United States for control of our ideals through advertising, hidden messages, and shadowy deals.  There is a theme of secret brands, hidden artwork, and shadowy figures playing a game of cat and mouse with hacking, corporate espionage, and memes.  It has a very different feel when you look at the books together.

There is a lot to think about.

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