Letter from San Francisco: The Internet Bookmobile

“A newspaper reporter questioned the practicality of the Internet bookmobile. Wouldn’t it be better to print materially more cheaply at a central location and then distribute them normally through book stores, online sales, or libraries? … The bookmobile reminded me of an itinerant vegetable cart which is a now a rarity in the United States. Because Kahle is especially interested in providing materials for young people, perhaps it could be…

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

“Virtually every encyclopedia or textbook etymology of the word ‘robot’ mentions the play R.U.R. Although the immediate worldwide success of the play immediately popularized the word (supplanting the earlier ‘automaton’), it was actually not Karel Capek but his brother Josef, also a respected Czech writer, who coined the word. The Czech word robota means ‘drudgery’ or ‘servitude’; a robotnik is a peasant or serf. Although the term today conjures up…

Churches Ad Hoc: A Divine Comedy

“The genesis of Churches ad hoc was the photograph I made of a cross that seemed to rise up out of a tree. The cross, located in a park overlooking Eugene, Oregon, created a controversy regarding the separation of church and state. Proponents of the cross called it a war memorial. Others saw it as a religious symbol. I titled the photograph ‘Propagation on the Mount’. ” Herman Krieger –Churches…