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In one of his novels, Neal Stephenson describes a Victorian farmhouse whose parlor is strewn with computer terminals and hazardous extension cords. That single image turned my idea of space management inside out, and I decided to get on with things rather than trying to perfect scenery for a script that was obsolete before it left the printer and not my idea to begin with.
In a sunny Haight Ashbury dining room around March, 1967, an amateur scribe gave me a broadside of one of Kenneth Rexroth’s poems. The focal point was the phrase “right now” written six inches high in the medieval English book hand that is the parent of all upright type faces with serifs. I thanked him and fussed about a frame. The writer said just to pin it up and enjoy it. He had given me the work as a sample of an ink recipe. The writer became a pillar of computer security.
Futurist Buckminster Fuller published a book called I Seem to Be a Verb. Fuller’s insights and his willingness to reconsider language-he once kept silent for three years-have informed world culture. It’s useful to wonder whether verbs or nouns have the upper hand at home.
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