- Hot damn. Beyond the Beyond has been a treasure trove this week.
- Via B^2: “Bradbury denies free speech message in Fahrenheit 451” — Doctorow writes:
Fahrenheit 451 was seminal for me, the book that turned me into a believer in free speech, a cause I’ve devoted my life to. It’s pretty heart-breaking to hear Bradbury repudiate the political subtext of the book. […] On the other hand, I’ve had my own books subjected to critical scrutiny in which critics pointed out symbolisms and subtexts that I wasn’t aware of when I was writing.
Argh. The ultimate question of who ultimately “owns” those subtexts and whether the reader writes them in or if the author can reject them.
- DreamHost security compromised? Noted in my control panel first. Since then following mostly through Daring Fireball. My account did not appear to be effected, which is encouraging; bummer for those reporting otherwise. I don’t buy the argument that they were blowing it off because it was not mentioned in the newsletter; those things are pre-written and timed to go out ahead of time. I’m sympathetic to those who had their ish cracked into. It’s frustrating but (from my vantage point) DreamHost is trying to make good on their blunder and it’s not as bad as it could have been. I left my previous host because they refused to even acknowledge that they had potentially compromised my account security — so it’s not like I don’t take this seriously. But it’s not always as simple as just up and leaving. That said, I suppose that I’m not really in any position to talk because it’s not like someone inserted spammy links into my index.php, either.Â It’s disappointing and hopefully everything will right itself when the dust settles.