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Archive for the 'books' Category

Fire The Marketing Guy

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Voiceover for ad on CNN this morning: ‘Stephen King’s Desperation is his creepiest to date!”

Just Because You’re Not Paranoid Doesn’t Mean Someone Isn’t Listening

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Or, if a basic Constitutional right falls in the forest and no one is there to defend it, does it make a sound?

Obligatory (And Eternally Relevant) Oscar Wilde Quote

Monday, May 8th, 2006

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh; otherwise, they’ll kill you.” Thanks to Craig Newmark’s blog for reminding me.

Linux Geeks Froth Over Flickr Airbus Photo

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

This is a compelling photo, and not only from a geek standpoint (enlarged version). It’s hard to explain the appeal, but lots of people are trying.

You Can Call Me Anything, Including Late To The Party

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Ana Marie Cox has a new book to flog and is already working on the next one. As a result, we won’t see her playing Wonkette so much anymore. (CJR Daily‘s Felix Gillette has some background on the NY Times coverage of Cox’s new novel. Said book showed up in my mail today. I’ll post [...]

Praise For One Always Spites Someone Else

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

I’m reading Gore Vidal’s 1995 memoirs, Palimpsest. In it, Vidal complains about Tennesee Williams’ 1949 review of Paul Bowles’ first novel, The Sheltering Sky. Seems ol’ Gore saw Williams’ praise for the work (great book, horrible movie, by the way) coming at the expense of….well, check this out: [The review included] a somewhat gratuitious swipe [...]

SCANDAL! Internet Found To Resemble Cliff’s Notes!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Please put your books on the floor and turn off your cellphones, thank you. Many people are lazy when it comes to reading. This is nothing new. The internet just allows them to be lazy in a more efficient manner. You can put your hand down now.

Canadian Drug Conspiracy Theories Can Kill You

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

…honest: you’ll die laughing.

Hunter S. Thompson’s Last Party

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Lewis MacAdams writes about Hunter S. Thompson’s final bash in the LA Weekly.

Amazon Ups the Metadata Stakes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Yes, Amazon feels Google breathing down its sweaty neck. The e-commerce Borg is pushing a new book searching tool, the catchily-named Text Stats (memo to Jeff Bezos: the marketing team could use some new blood). Washington Post explains how this tool can reveal more than you– or authors– could ever want to know.