On the Creatively Mundane Artefacts of Digital Culture

That we live in an age in which anyone can contribute to the cultural compost heap is by now a fairly well-worn observation of a consequence of digital culture. Whether said compost heap represents a self-sustaining source of creative fertility fed by the collaborative efforts of increasingly multi-disciplinary networks, or an indiscriminate pile of decay, is down to you. I’m repeatedly tempted to see a weird, restless joy in it. I was struck…

Are Cookbooks Dead?

In a digital age, do we really need cookbooks when we can quickly Google a recipe on our phone or tablet? What is it about cookbooks that we like and should we keep them alive? Personally, I like a cookbook for its little quirks – its little pieces of extra information. I love the aesthetics…