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July 21, 2011

Skateboarding’s Art and Craft 0

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Joel Rice‘s “Flip” column for McSweeney’s discusses the culture of skateboarding. This week he interviews Cole Louison, author of The Impossible: Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler, and the Fantastic History of Skateboarding.

July 21, 2011

A Critic’s Notebook: On Meeting Ayn Rand’s Editor at Antioch College 54

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This is America, he said. There aren’t many ideas. Ayn Rand had a few simple ones which she believed in fiercely and promoted relentlessly.

July 20, 2011

The Latest on Google Books 0

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The Google Books settlement has yet to be settled. The next hearing is September 15th.

July 20, 2011

Trouble Afoot in America’s Universities 1

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Last April, our own Bill Morris bemoaned the current state of America’s higher education system. At the same time, Malcolm Harris derided the unreasonable cost of that same system.  Now Benjamin Ginsberg, author of The Fall of the Faculty, places blame for both criticisms on the shoulders of universities’ expanding administrative staff.

July 20, 2011

UC Press suspends New California Poetry series 0

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Alison Mudditt, director of The University of California Press, has announced the suspension of the New California Poetry series due to state budget cuts and the challenges posed to “our industry and markets which (not unlike the newspaper industry!) require us to rethink and retool to remain a vibrant and relevant voice in the digital age.”

July 20, 2011

What Ever Happened to the New Atheism? 26

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Five years ago, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens launched a jihad against religion. But their colleague A.C. Grayling’s new “Humanist Bible” suggests something surprising: maybe the quarrel wasn’t really with God after all.

July 20, 2011

On Treating Books Badly 20

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Books as books – as tangible things you can hold in your hands and show off to curious onlookers on the subway and friends who visit your apartment – are something I hold in high esteem. But there is, as I say, some pleasure in letting go, in allowing a book to get wet, in treasuring a book not for what it looks like but for what it says.

July 19, 2011

Serializing in the Digital Age II 0

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City of Quartz author Mike Davis is writing a biography of the Los Angeles Times‘ bygone publisher Harrison Gray Otis. Appropriately, the installments will be serialized by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

July 19, 2011

Digital Textbook Rentals 0

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Amazon is going to start allowing Kindle users to “rent” textbooks. The best part? You can keep your notes after the book is returned.

July 19, 2011

The Pandora of Books 0

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In The Atlantic, Johnathan A. Knee writes about how curation and aggregation can be more profitable than content creation. That is the idea behind BookLamp, a new search engine based on books’ content and writing style, not sales data. “At times, being able to ignore the marketing data can be good for the recommendation,” explains […]