"This is the third version of a guide I have been developing for the past 5 years. It takes the 200 best documentaries I have reviewed on my website True Films and puts them into one handy book."
Free as a PDF download, Kevin Kelly
's book True Films
posted by Armitage Shanks
on Dec 29, 2007 -
So, whatcha readin? The
John Ashcroft Alberto Gonzales
Michael Mukasey Book Club wants to discuss your latest reads. Amazon
thinks it's none of their business. So does your librarian
. While it may seem that your reading list is safe, fact is you're actually just one National Security Letter or subpoena away from full disclosure. Want to change that? One step in the right direction would be to contact your Senator about getting S.2088
out of Committee and on to the floor. Oh, and tell them to vote for it. And then to override the veto.
posted by Toekneesan
on Nov 28, 2007 -
Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi was born on 1926 in Hamburg and grew up in Nazi-Germany. He dreamed of joining the Hitler youth but besides best efforts was always rejected. But you can see him here wearing a swastika
. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc
on Sep 9, 2007 -
is an account of the battle of Adrianopolis (Turkey) in 1912 in which the author volunteered as a Futurist-soldier.
(1909-1944) was perhaps the first movement in the history of art to be engineered and managed like a business.
posted by Meatbomb
on Aug 2, 2007 -
"The [textbook] industry charges outrageous prices for new textbooks while simultaneously doing everything it can to make older versions unusable or obsolete. There is simply no reason that a new calulus textbook should cost $157. The study of calculus, at least the type of calculus that most of us need to study in high school or undergraduate programs, has not changed significantly in decades." - Textbook Revolution.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jul 24, 2007 -
Confessions of A Long Distance Sailor
- I had been sitting in dark rooms, punching computer keys, for years. I had always wanted to learn SCUBA diving, hike around in the tropics, so I booked a flight to Hawaii. But a month later I was in — are you ready? — a traffic jam on Maui.
I understand now, from the moment I touched that sailboat's dock lines, I was doomed to sail.
posted by phrontist
on Jun 17, 2007 -
The Prelinger Library
is a small privately owned "public library" in San Francisco with the unique philosophy
that browsing library stacks can reveal new knowledge, if the books are arranged for browsing. This is counter to most public libraries who rely on computer terminal searching, databases and the Dewey Decimal system to atomize books and subjects, with stack browsing a sort of random after effect, and in some places--like the Library of Congress--normally not even allowed. Now a (real) public library in Arizona has joined the revolution
and claims to be the first public library in the nation to drop the Dewey Decimal system. Instead, books will be shelved by topic, similar to the way bookstores arrange books. The demise of the century-old Dewey Decimal system is overdue, county librarians say: "People think of books by subject. Very few people say, 'Oh, I know Dewey by heart.' "
posted by stbalbach
on Jun 10, 2007 -
It's a sad old story
but the reading of literature continues to decline. Prospero's Books
- a Kansas-city used bookstore - is so desperate to thin out its collection it has started to burn books. Co-owner Tom Wayne says he is unable to sell many of his thousands of books
, or even to give them away to libraries and thrift stores, so he started a pyre in protest.
posted by stbalbach
on May 29, 2007 -
are not always good role models. Just in case you thought the craziness was limited to this one book, the authors proudly present a "true crime" glimpse
into a shadowy world of... okay, I actually have no idea
what they're talking about. Ah, the joys of vanity publishing
posted by OverlappingElvis
on May 16, 2007 -
Oh God, please never let the NYT review of my latest novel never start like this: Every few years, as a reviewer, one encounters a novel whose ineptitudes are so many in number, and so thoroughgoing, that to explain them fully would produce a text that exceeded the novel itself in both length and interest.
Lately it seems the book reviewers at the NYT--including Michiko Kakutani, on Jonathan Franzen's latest
("Just why anyone would be interested in pages and pages about this unhappy relationship or the self-important and self-promoting contents of Mr. Franzen’s mind remains something of a mystery"
)--have been pulling out all the stops. Poor Irvine Welsh (?).
posted by gottabefunky
on Aug 29, 2006 -
For thirty-six weeks, a sketchbook was sent in random order between four artists: two in Brooklyn, two in Belfast. Every Wednesday, one participant would receive book. In order to maintain schedule, it was sent out the following Monday, giving each artist five days to complete a spread in response to the one that preceded it. A small portion of each entry extends on to the following page. Beyond this, there was no communication between the artists concerning the content of book during its making. Book's first trip across the Atlantic was on 2 June, 2003. Its final trip was on 2 February, 2004. By the time it was completed, book had travelled over sixty thousand miles.
posted by amro
on Aug 24, 2006 -
mother takes him to see a pakeha township for the first time. One of many
books available from the International Children's Digital Library.
posted by tellurian
on Aug 3, 2006 -
Flora Brasiliensis [flash needed]
was published between 1840 and 1906. It contains taxonomic treatments of 22,767 species of Brazilian flora. The beauty of the illustrations and the level of detail you can magnify to is magnificent (sorry, direct linking to example images is not possible but trust me, go and have a look).
posted by tellurian
on May 3, 2006 -