Modern Researcher Stumbles Into Medieval Village: In Emily Barton’s Wildly Imaginative Novel, Cultures Clash
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Modern Researcher Stumbles Into Medieval Village: In Emily Barton’s Wildly Imaginative Novel, Cultures Clash

Emily Barton’s elegant and innovative novel The Testament of Yves Gundron explores an imagined collision of past and future. The remote island nation of Mandragora is a medieval village untouched by the modern world until yeoman farmer Yves Gundron  invents a rudimentary, but critical technology, and young Cambridge anthropologist Ruth Blum stumbles into the village. … 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
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The Gimme: What to Read this Week

ICYMI, News to Read: John Pilger’s punchy article, dissenting from the common narrative about Ukraine, in the Guardian. Timothy Egan, writing for the New York Times Op-Ed,  gets uncharacteristically slammed in comments regarding his defense of Condoleeza Rice, Rutger’s would-be commencement speaker. Ken Auletta, writing for the New Yorker, speculating on why New York Times editor … Continue reading »