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Twelve Timely Excerpts from Wendell Berry’s 1971 Essay, “Discipline and Hope”
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Twelve Timely Excerpts from Wendell Berry’s 1971 Essay, “Discipline and Hope”

Read the following excerpts, and remember, Wendell Berry wrote this essay, “Discipline and Hope,” in 1971. For perspective, this was a decade before IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. 1) Nearly all the old standards, which implied and required rigorous disciplines, have now been replaced by a new standard of efficiency, which requires … Continue reading »

The Gimme: What to Read This Week, June 9
What to Read This Week

The Gimme: What to Read This Week, June 9

ICYMI, News: Prisoner Swap Bowe Bergdahl Release: updates at CNN, and John Knefel alleges reporting myths about the case in Rolling Stone Steve Greenhouse reports on the proliferation of “non-compete” employment contract clauses for the New York Times Mary Bates, Zoologic blog at Wired:  Researchers determine that Rats can Feel Regret (go ahead, quip away). Essay: … Continue reading »

A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.
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A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.

We’re well into 2014, but perhaps you still have some of last year’s reading left. Stop and do not pass Go until you catch up with this one. “The best book you’ll read this year,” that 2013 New York Times Magazine assumption in search of rebuttal, introduces George Saunders’ Tenth of Dec.  So….anyhoo, let’s get … Continue reading »

Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans
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Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans

ICYMI, there’s an ongoing battle between Hachette (one of the big publishing groups) and Amazon. Specifically, a heated negotiation about ebook discount rates has been escalating. People on both sides of the battle are weighing in, including David Gaughran, Stephen Colbert, the Author’s Guild, those siding with traditional publishing,  and those defending Amazon as the publisher … Continue reading »

The Gimme: What to Read this Week, May 31
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The Gimme: What to Read this Week, May 31

ICYMI, News to Read: The New York Times reports that beleagured Veteran’s Administration chief Erik Shinseki resigns, and many of the comments provide insight. Also resigning, White House press secretary Jay Carney, and Huffington Post’s Katherine Fung posts some of his epic clashes here. Vigorous gender discussion and commentary continues (#yesallwomen v. #notallmen), precipitated by … Continue reading »

The Strange, Gothic Tale of a Neglected Genius, Romantic Poet Mary Webb
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The Strange, Gothic Tale of a Neglected Genius, Romantic Poet Mary Webb

We tend to buy old books at library and tag sales to rescue them, particularly poetry books by women, suspecting they never had much of an audience. Who knows what hidden brilliance we might find? Of course, the path to discovery is usually well-worn, and someone in Britain will have formed a Literary Society in … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine

The Owl & Turtle Bookshop is a pleasure to visit, and we encourage you to drive to beautiful Camden, Maine, and go there as soon as possible. Camden is a bit of a tourist destination, so there’s a nice selection of restaurants, shops, and accommodations, but it’s not crowded: you can find parking if you drive, … Continue reading »

When Civilizations Meet, or Astrobiology: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
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When Civilizations Meet, or Astrobiology: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The current Huffington Post cover story is “Astronomers to Congress: We’re Not Alone” Our favorite headline on the topic, however, is Wired’s:  This Alien Hearing Is the Best Thing Congress Has Done in Months. So suppose there is alien life. Let’s just take a moment to consider what happens when populations are introduced to each … Continue reading »

Math v. Maths: We’re Found the Definitive Answer
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Math v. Maths: We’re Found the Definitive Answer

Americans say math. Those in the UK and other Commonwealth nations say maths. But who’s right? We believe we’ve come across the clearest explanation of the reasons for the difference, and a verdict, at the wonderful Numberphile. Dr. Lynne Murphy, who answered the question, is a Reader* in Linguistics & English Language at the University of Sussex.  According … Continue reading »