Storify is over. I’m old enough to remember working for a startup that built tools to curate social media posts into news articles before Storify did a much, much better job of it. 😉
I remember hearing about the idea for Storify from Burt Herman at ONA in San Francisco in 2009, which of course seems like a thousand years ago now. I had the chance to congratulate him on the acquisition by Livefyre a few years later, and raised my eyebrows from afar when Adobe picked them up and rolled pieces of it into their own suite of marketing products.
So today, I had to check. Do I have any Storifys (Storifies?) worth saving?
I found one of the most important Twitter threads of my recent life, from 2012, where I asked for some fiction reading recommendations, preserved in a nice clean Storify.
Y’all came through!
I’m going to recreate the Storify here, using the modern technology now available to us all in 2017 which will surely never become outdated.
Embedded tweets. And my comments below each tweet.
Guys, I haven't read fiction in years and want to get started again. Books. Preferably from 1990 or later, to get caught up. Suggestions?
— Ryan “Seasonal Rotation” Sholin (@ryansholin) March 15, 2012
@ryansholin Gibson's triology that starts with Pattern Recognition.
— sandra fish 🐠 (@fishnette) March 15, 2012
I enjoyed this one, then switched to Neuromancer and read the first two of those. I’ll come back to these, maybe at the beach sometime.
@ryansholin You need to read Cryptonomicon, and all things Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Baroque Cycle – but Crypto 1st.
— Chris Krewson (@ckrewson) March 15, 2012
I ended up reading the first 2.05 books of the Baroque Cycle. It took a minute. Still haven’t picked up Cryptonomicon, but I will. Snow Crash looks light, though!
@ryansholin World War Z. Read it over and over.
— Aaron Cohen (@UnlikelyWords) March 15, 2012
I read it once.
@ryansholin Rainbows End by Vinge.
— Brian Boyer (@brianboyer) March 15, 2012
This ended up being the most important book to me on this list. It was wildly ahead of its time on AR/VR, the future of interfaces, fake news (!), self-driving cars, gaming, guilds, and maybe a dozen other things. I. Think. About. It. All. The. Time. Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End.
I tried Kavalier and Clay. Didn’t work for me.
@ryansholin I have to recommend Coover's The Universal Baseball Association and the overhyped-but-good Art of Fielding.
— Erik Hinton (@erikhinton) March 15, 2012
I have library-stalked Universal Baseball Association continuously but never stepped up and ordered a copy for myself. I really need to read this one, because dice baseball.
@ryansholin Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Jennifer Government by Max Barry.
— Craig Pittman (@craigtimes) March 15, 2012
Max Barry ended up being one of my favorite beach-read authors. Jennifer Government, Lexicon (oooooooh Lexicon), and Machine Man so far.
@ryansholin If you want to actually enjoy your reading experience, the work of David Liss is quick and fun.
— HARTNETT (@wmhartnett) March 15, 2012
I have no idea who that is, so I assumed I assumed Hartnett was trolling me with some 16th century poet or something. [NARRATOR: He wasn’t.]
@ryansholin Infinite Jest is pretty depressing. I made it half way through before getting depressed. Want my copy?
— Gordon Brander (@gordonbrander) March 15, 2012
No thank you.
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) March 15, 2012
And I’m putting this one on my to-read list now.
@ryansholin 'Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao' by Junot Diaz. Also, if you like sci-fi, Wool Series by Hugh Howery is great.
— Jeremy Antley (@jsantley) March 15, 2012
Oh, man. I loved this book. And I hated it. I loved the parts I hated. I felt guilty about the parts that I loved. It’s amazing and you should read it.
@ryansholin Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
— Anne-Marie Cenaiko (@ACenaiko) March 15, 2012
My wife gave this one five stars on Goodreads, so I should probably read it.
@ryansholin The Known World, Edward P. Jones.
— scott blanchard (@scott_blanchard) March 15, 2012
I feel like The Underground Railroad might have made this one a moot point.
@ryansholin White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
— Joel Mathis (@joelmmathis) March 15, 2012
Assuming for a minute that Joel wasn’t trolling me with a book that starts with a suicide attempt after I said “nothing too depressing” twice, this could be fun.
@ryansholin Blindness, by Jose Saramago. Short, tough reading, but extraordinary, ambitious book. Won Pulitzer for a reason.
— Elaine (((Clisham))) (@eclisham) March 15, 2012
Sounds dark. Maybe I can handle it now.
@ryansholin I read about one/year. Water for Elephants (didn't see the movie); Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao; Everything Is Illuminated.
— Danya Henninger (@phillydesign) March 15, 2012
I’m not reading about circus elephants unless they’re stomping everyone and running free, Danya.
— Brett Relander (@BrettRelander) March 15, 2012
Now I have.