1. (To a Squirrel at Kyle-na-gno)
  2. Auden, W.H. (Lullaby)
  3. Baraka, Amiri (Balboa, the Entertainer)
  4. Berry, Wendell (The Mad Farmer Liberation Front)
  5. Bo, Saum Song (A Chinese View of the Statue of Liberty)
  6. Brodsky, Joseph (May 24 1980)
  7. Carlos Williams, William (George Washington as seen by William Carlos Williams)
  8. Ciardi, John (In Place Of A Curse)
  9. Clark, Kendall (The Kendall Clark Sub-Anthology of Poetry)
  10. Cummings, E.E. (somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond...; when faces called flowers float out of the ground...)
  11. Dickinson, Emily (Dear Girls)
  12. Donne, John (The Bait; A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning)
  13. Dravos, Rebecca (The Alley Watchers; My Life with Cat and Dog, a Story; City of Tomorrow)
  14. Dugan, Alan (Love Song: I and Thou)
  15. Ford, Frank Bernard
  16. Ford, Paul Edmund
  17. Frank O'Hara (Steps)
  18. Hightower, Jim (PAC Evil)
  19. JohnKennethGalbraith (3 Kinds of Power)
  20. JorgeLuisBorges (Elegy)
  21. Kenyon, Jane (How like the sound)
  22. Koch, Kenneth (You Were Wearing)
  23. Kooser, Ted (Tracks)
  24. Lapham, Lewis (Lapham, Utopia)
  25. Leacock, Stephen (My Financial Career)
  26. LeahMacia (Another Statement on the Legality of Rachel Lange's Case)
  27. Lupo, Ian (Not GOSPLACS)
  28. Melville, Herman (Bartleby the Scrivener)
  29. Nash, Ogden (Reflection on the Fallibility of Nemesis)
  30. Neruda, Pablo (How much happens in a day)
  31. Orff, Carl (Estuans Interius (Burning Inside))
  32. Penn Warren, Robert (A Way to Love God; True Love; Code Book Lost; How to Tell a Love Story; Last Laugh)
  33. PetervanSommers (Jealousy and Literature)
  34. Platonov, Andre (The Wanderer)
  35. ROwens (Message to the Republican Mob)
  36. RachelLange (Pittsburgh, PA; How Things Ended Up With Rachel Lange)
  37. Rahin, Scott
  38. RichardCLewontin (The Atomistic Machine View of the World)
  39. Robert Frost (Dust of Snow)
  40. Robert Herrick (To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time)
  41. Sandburg, Carl (Bath)
  42. Saunders, George
  43. Searle, John (The Chinese Room Thought Experiment; The Mystery of Consciousness)
  44. Tate, James (Where Babies Come From)
  45. ThomasHardy (Thomas Hardy, Roman Ruins, Casterbridge)
  46. TonyCalderone (In Defense of Pittsburgh)
  47. W.B. Yeats (The Mother of God; Leda and the Swan; The Fiddler of Dooney)
  48. Walker, Alice (Mysteries)
  49. WestonCann (Two Poems from Weston Cann; Links to Other Poems)
  50. Whitman, Walt (One's Self I Sing)
  51. Wimbrow, Dale (The Guy In The Glass)
  52. Wright, James (At the Slackening of the Tide)
  53. YHWH (The Book of Joshua, Chapter 10)


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@20, by Paul Ford. Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. (October 15)

Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)

Rotary Dial. (August 21)

10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

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Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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