“The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from.” A description of Nina Katchadourian’s great series “Sorted Books.” You might want to start here (via Jason Santa Maria).
The engrossing WorldCat, “the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.” It’s a card catalog of card catalogs with all the simplicity of Google. And it’s incredibly useful: after searching a book, you can find out which library has it closest to your house, and how to cite it in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian formats. WorldCat was created by the Online Computer Library Center, or OCLC, and they’ve already been data-mining WorldCat with some pretty interesting results.
David Means is one of my favorite writers, and a modern master of the short story. “Assorted Fire Events” is his best book to date, though I am sure there are many more to come. When the book came out, he did an interview with Powell’s.com where he observed, “All really good short stories are open-ended. The bad short stories are the ones that resolve and wind up in a nice neat conclusion. You don’t have room in a short story to close things down. You just have room to give a narrative push and let the reader move forward with whatever happens.”