A kirkyan is, if I understand it right, a spime weighted toward the temporal. It's an info-object, and maybe a "blobject" that, like a spime, exists primarily as information. It becomes material when needed, instantiating on the fly, and is extremely modifiable and hackable (by its users). Books will be kirkyans when publishers make info about the book (like all the user reviews, ratings, editorial reviews, concordances, and even message boards and wikis to supplement the document, etc.) available with the book "object", and especially when the book "object" includes some kind of device that allows the book to get updates (new information about itself, errata, an addendum, and anything from the above list, etc.) and some kind of "smart" or non-inert or non-static or modifiable "paper". I think a book checked out from NetLibrary or a public-domain book posted to the web, like this one (Diary of Sam Pepys here), is nearly a kirkyan. Especially when it has a heavy physicality to it, like when you access it via your cellphone's browser so you can "toss" the e-book to your friend across the table.
An article in Wikipedia, like this one (Kirkyan here), comes even closer, because it can be edited or modded by any user, and the history of all those changes is recorded for future reference.
This sentence is for stating clearly that I don't think all documents should be editable by anybody; also note that hackability is not, as I see it, a requisite for kirkyans.
The missing link is the technology that lets the book object and the book-as-info connect to each other. We need a real bridge between the material and informational aspects of things. In my opinion, that's going to be empowered by the cellphone -- or something like it that's soon to come. These phones and Treos and Blackberr
On "timesuits". As I understand what Grant Morrison meant by the term when he used it in Invisibles, a timesuit is what you have to wear to experience three dimensional space + one dimensional time. That is, a timesuit is "material" of some kind, and it's the only way to access the universe as we know it. It's how we "do" life. Sans timesuits, we're time-less -- also, I guess, eternal and dead. That may have its advantages, but for business on earth, we need a way to get around and experience matter, energy, and change.
Bear with me. This comes back around to libraries.
Timesuits are a medium. We readers, like books, exist both in material and informational realms. One without the other is lost (lost, we might say, like a reader without her book).
Books have timesuits (here a quick detail -- my reading of Morrison has timesuits as "bodies", specifically, for living people -- not the mere physical form of dead objects or machines -- but we're going to stretch the definition today) because they have bindings and pages and ink and glue. But these suits are kinda dumb. When the timesuits of books become kirkyan, we're really getting somewhere.
Getting to where? Getting to a point where "a kirkyan is a kirkyan". Where a kirked person and a kirked "book" talk the same language and recongnize each other as belonging to the same, well, species.
Our internal world and the external world of our objects will form a single informational ecosystem that always knows, for each and every kirkyan within it, where it is, where it's been, how it is, who and what's around it, and what it's made of (that is, perfectly spimed). It will aslo know every permutation, connection, modification, edit, and hack that happens to any spime across time (that is, everything is perfectly kirked). Given time enough, and world, all kirkyans trend toward self-knowledge.
All kirking things kirk toward intelligence -- whether you want to call that "artificial" or not.
Libraries are ideal breeding and testing grounds for spimes and kirkyans. Libraries could become kirkyan "timesuites". Libraries, their users, and their "books" would join into some kind of new form of life or consciousness. Libraries would become self-aware and ubiquitous.
And then things really start to change.