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Readathons

india chloroquine resistance My son’s school is holding its annual Lecturothon today, where every student in the school has to read for five straight hours (I’m guessing there are breaks). They use it to raise money  and to make a statement about the value of sustained reading. He brings a sleeping bag, a …

Booksi

Media recycling has achieved a new degree of absurdity with Booksi. Designed by Richard Neely, these are charging docks for iPods/phones that are recycled books. What a fate: you were a book and now you’re a stand for the smart phone’s ass.  

The Price of Books

A debate on the debate of e-book pricing at the NY Times. The back and forth relates to the suit against Apple and the publishers, essentially on behalf of Amazon. Leveling a monopoly to ensure a monopoly is a nice sign of the times we live in. So is the …

The Fallacy of Immediacy

An exemplary piece by Tim Parks at The New York Review on the dream of immediacy when it comes to reading.  “More than any other art form,” writes Parks, “[literature] is pure mental material, as close as one can get to thought itself.” As I wrote already a few years …

Sacred Objects

A recent story in the NY Times about violent protests in Afghanistan after locals witnessed army officials burning sacks of Korans. Not only is the encounter fascinating in the way it dramatizes how dramatically differently sets of people can relate to objects (one’s trash is another’s totem). But I couldn’t …