Category Archives: Culture

Notes from a Small Island

I recently enjoyed reading Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson and this weekend we ventured out to a small island of our own nearby – Bainbridge Island. Our friends we not exactly clear why we had ventured out … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations

A fantastic TED talk which really got me thinking about moral differences in people. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. As for me I … Continue reading

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Living with Less? Or living in balance?

On the cover of the NYT’s SundayReview Graham Hill writes of living with less. A 420 foot studio. Few plates. 10% of the books that he used to. I get where he is coming from. The public storage industry is … Continue reading

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Civility Today

On the front page of The New York Times Book Review this week was ‘Sticks and Stones’ By Emily Bazelon, reviewed by Andrew Solomon. Emily Bazelon charts the experiences of a few bullied children and synthesizes the scholarship on how … Continue reading

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Kickstarter To Outfund National Endowment for the Arts

In an interview with Talking Points Memo, Co-Founder Yancey Strickler said that Kickstarter might actually crowdsource fund $150 million in 2012, which is $4 million more than the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2012 operating budget of $146 million. “Our … Continue reading

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Tired Plots

I am exhausted by old plots. From the New York Times Book Review today: “Childhood friends in their mid-thirties find themselves at the crossroads of live and love. A vacation on the shore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks seems to … Continue reading

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Vertical Integration in Publishing – Pushing Both Ways

Two major announcements this week indicated vertical integration pushes in publishing. Amazon has much more seriously gone into the publishing business and launched its fourth imprint, Montlake Romance. From Jeff Belle: “Romance is one of our biggest and fastest growing … Continue reading

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“There is no sin except stupidity.” – Oscar Wilde

Pure genius.

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Autography Lets Authors Sign eBooks Digitally

Continued innovation in publishing. Digital continues to mimic capabilities in the physical world.

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The “Post-Empire” Era of Publishing

BRET EASTON ELLIS “I had to like fight my publisher to, you know, make sure that they were using these networks in order to, like, promote the book and they came around. I mean literally, they… I don’t think my … Continue reading

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