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December 23, 2011

#LastTweet 0

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The Times collects the final tweets of a number of celebrities who died this year. They are generally banal but the context turns them poignant.

December 23, 2011

The Death of the Camera 0

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“Camera-equipped smartphones are now in spitting distance of outnumbering traditional cameras in the percentage of photos and videos taken with them,” according to analyst NPD Group.

December 23, 2011

Penguin Postcards 0

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If we were to buy ourselves a gift this year, it would be Penguin’s “One Hundred Book Covers in One Box” postcard set.

December 23, 2011

Revenge of the Pigeons? 0

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Will 2012 be the year they finally rise up against us? A study finds pigeons can do higher math.

December 23, 2011

Revenge of the Plumbers 0

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Don Linn argues that despite all the excitement surrounding new business models and shiny new ereaders, 2012 will be the “revenge of the plumbers,” as the technical infrastructure needed to support the ebook boom comes into focus.

December 23, 2011

A Year in Reading: Wrap Up 11

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With 72 participants naming 214 books, it’s safe to say this has been our biggest and most high profile Year in Reading yet.

December 22, 2011

The World Begat by the King James 0

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As the King James Bible turns 400 this year, it is perhaps more revered than read. That’s a shame, argue three new books, which contend that its cultural influence and literary merit are unsurpassed in the English language.

December 22, 2011

A Year in Reading: Rachel Syme 0

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If this is sounding kind of magical or dippy, it is only because I have trouble capturing this book without adding my own syrupy inflection.

December 22, 2011

Portland’s Mini Libraries 0

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Portland neighborhoods are nurturing camaraderie with little red library boxes.

December 22, 2011

A Year in Reading: Elissa Schappell 0

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I’m certain I can, with guidance (and unless I’m sauced) avoid being a “chatterer” and a “tactless blunderer.” I will become skilled in how to deliver “a no as friendly as a yes.” I will learn, finally, that in writing and speaking, “simple Anglo-Saxon is best.”