TV Turnoff Week
starts today. Read a book, go outside. Sweeps week will be waiting on your TiVo when the week is over.
posted by mosch
on Apr 25, 2005 -
In those days, he could do no wrong.
In the Sixties, he was the man who published Catch-22, Portnoy's Complaint and Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; he put John Lennon's doodles into cold print, launched the careers of John Fowles and Gabriel García Márquez, looked after Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut and later, in the early 1980s, was the godfatherly mentor of Amis fils
, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie. He was equally adept at commissioning inspired non-fictions such as The Naked Ape, Desmond Morris's zoological inspection of human behaviour.
profiles Tom Maschler, publisher
, founder of the Booker Prize.
posted by matteo
on Mar 17, 2005 -
Is this a library or a Borders?
A Denver Post writer laments the availability of CDs, DVDs, and not so intellectually stimulating reading material at the Schlessman Family Branch Library (part of the Denver Public Library system), and calls into the question the library's purpose. Should libraries give the people what they want, if what they want is an Ashlee Simpson CD?
posted by schoolgirl report
on Jan 8, 2005 -
ComicsFilter (but bear with me): Frank Miller & Jim Lee will be the writer and artist, respectively, of All-Star Batman and Robin
, a new miniseries intended to make the characters simple, interesting, and easy to follow after decades of backstory. Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely were announced to be doing the same thing on All-Star Superman
, and any comics fan will tell you that these four guys are some of the best in the entire field. Between these two projects, DC Comics
most likely has the top-selling books in the tiny comics industry sewn up for most of 2005, which is reason enough to publish them.
But there's also a question for non-comics readers here at MeFi: DC are really doing this for you. They want new readers (best-selling comics are lucky to top 150,000 copies these days), and they think publishing accessible comic books linked to the release of large movies (The Christopher Nolan film Batman Begins
, based in part on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One
, will be released roughly alongside All-Star Batman & Robin
) is the way to do it. But is there a snowball's chance in hell you'd read something like this? Would your kids, if you have them, be interested, do you think? (Frank Miller, it bears noting, is also the creator and co-director of Sin City
, a film you might've seen a preview for recently -- truly insane cast.)
posted by logovisual
on Jan 5, 2005 -
Like ebooks? Want something free, nonfiction,"scholarly", publicly accessible, and more recent than Gutenberg ?
(Lately I'm on an Ancient History kick.) My problem with this "eScholarship" site is they try to make it hard to download a whole ebook to read offline. For one of those, for people who are interested in 20th-century political history-cum-theory that's never had much to do with any U.S. election, today I'm recommending the Platform.
posted by davy
on Dec 27, 2004 -
contains more than 10,000 eBooks formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, eBookWise-1150, or Symbian cellphone." So if you have a PDA and especially if you're into the classics
, you no longer have to settle for lame video games
on your cell phone or inconvenient newspapers for your downtime entertainment
posted by Doohickie
on Dec 20, 2004 -
are rich, deep, resources for preserving cultural heritage and indispensable resources for the communities they serve.” OCLC
, a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization, has compiled a list of the top 1000
titles owned or licensed by its 50,000+ member libraries. There are sublists by subject, a cross listing with a banned books
list, and some fun facts
, including the supremely annoying one that the highest listed living author is Jim Davis of Garfield fame (#18).
posted by donnagirl
on Nov 30, 2004 -
Opening Hooks. You're in the bookstore, browsing the shelves for... something. You don't know what, exactly, you're looking for but you'll recognize it when you see it. Picking a book at random you open to the first page and begin to read. Two hours later you're home in bed with a mug of sweet tea, still reading.
posted by thebabelfish
on Aug 29, 2004 -
Reading With the Enemy
- "Inspired by Supersize Me
: What if you spent one month reading, listening to, and watching only right-wing media. No New York Times, no NPR, no network news, no CNN, no lefty blogs, no liberal novels. Nothing left-wing or centrist, and nothing ‘objective.’ Nothing that makes up the world you currently inhabit."
posted by Space Coyote
on May 12, 2004 -
Why Books Will Always Be With Us...
along with almost everything else. Umberto Eco
goes all encyclopedic on us (but in a nice way!) summing up (and reopening) the themes of a lifetime of reading, writing and watching. Though I'm sure what he says about the Web and electronic media will be picked to bits here, I'd say that would be a perfect vindication of this extraordinary exercise in common sense. [Via Arts & Letters Daily.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 26, 2003 -
, every word (33 million) in ALL the books (270,000) sold at Amazon.com can now be searched word for word
File this under technologies used to implement more sales and better service to the end user aka marketing at work for you
posted by omidius
on Oct 23, 2003 -
The IAAIS othersise known as "Radio Reading Services
. Policy Statement: Everyone with a visual impairment, physical disability or learning disability has a right to equal access to all forms of information available to the general public. IAAIS works actively to promote and protect this access.
posted by ashbury
on Sep 24, 2003 -
Books Go To War
Between 1943 and 1947, the Council on Books in Wartime published 1322 small-format books
(4 in. x 5.75 in. — designed to fit easily into the pockets of service uniforms) for distribution to United States service personnel. These books were unabridged volumes
spanning a variety of topics: popular fiction, humor, classic literature, music, psychology, war stories, etc. Because the books were distributed only
to overseas troops, and printed on cheap paper (intended to be read, passed around, and discarded), they've become hard-to-find, the subject of museum exhibits
and, in the case of the rarer titles
, the object
posted by jdroth
on Jul 25, 2003 -
In 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... 1... 1... 1...
"In this footage obtained exclusively by The Memory Hole, watch as the President of the United States sits and does nothing after learning that his country is under attack." Andrew Card whispers about plane #2, POTUS remains engrossed in book. (Warning: Quicktime, little kids reading slowly in unison for five long minutes.)
posted by emelenjr
on Jun 26, 2003 -
a neat little flash app that permits you to select on a sliding scale up to four different features of a novel and then recommends a list of prospective reading to you. (Plain-text available here
). (via sixdifferentways
posted by Ufez Jones
on Jun 23, 2003 -
Visual Relationships at Amazon.com
- Here's an interesting visual implementation of the Amazon API. It's almost like flipping through books on the shelf. What's next? A 3D bookstore rendered on the Quake engine?
posted by Argyle
on Mar 3, 2003 -
When the CIA Comes and Asks What You've Read
In reaction to the Patriot Act, a Montpelier, VT bookstore has purged all customer purchase records so that it would be impossible to comply with
the government's demands to see such records.
Co-owner Michael Katzenberg told the Associated Press, "When the CIA
comes and asks what you've read because they're suspicious of you, we
can't tell them because we don't have it.
We may have lost our marketing potential by doing this, but at the moment that's the price we have to pay to safeguard people's privacy."
Much more information on the "resistance movement," including how to start your own grass-roots campaign, from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee FightBack
Also, what's going on with the people who lend 'em, not sell 'em, the American Library Association:
posted by NorthernLite
on Feb 21, 2003 -
Look and Read
offers storylines, songs, video clips and my first introduction to Wordy
from this classic BBC School series. As someone who grew up on Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock
, I found it interesting to see the British equivalent. Plus, it's good campy fun
posted by snez
on Feb 5, 2003 -
is an enchanting little website that I rediscovered after rediscovering a list of my circa-1995 bookmarks. (And it looks today almost exactly like it did then -- you can even see a bit of Siegel influence) KidPub is a place for children to post their stories, poems, etc. Most of the authors seem to be in the 9- to 12-year-old age range, and the stories have titles like "The Mystery of the Circus Clown
" and "Crazy School
". A cute site to remind you of the importance of reading and writing for children.
posted by oissubke
on Nov 11, 2002 -
It is not a crime to look at bomb-making websites...
or so says Lieutenant Jason Ciaschini, police spokesman in Punta Gorda, where a Briton who was using a computer to look at bomb-making websites is now being held at Charlotte County Jail on immigration violations.
Florida police had evacuated the library and arrested him after he looked at bomb-making websites, and found suspicious liquids in his backpack.
"Looking up stuff on the Internet - everybody has freedom to do that,
" he also said.
posted by Blake
on Jul 30, 2002 -
is a community of readers. The site is supported, probably not very extravagantly, by book sales. It describes itself as "The social life of the mind".
posted by theora55
on May 8, 2002 -
Good Riddance to Oprah's Book Club, and Her Literary Amateurism
Norah Vincent says Oprah's opinion in matters of literary taste is amateurish to say the least and she presumed where she should not have, and wouldn't want her sticker on his/hers book either.
Just for fun adds People who dislike Oprah's Book Club dislike it for the same reason that they dislike Barnes & Noble. The fact that the two do a brisk business isn't accidental, and the two represent the same pernicious homogenization of American life that makes existential despair all but unavoidable.
posted by Blake
on Apr 12, 2002 -