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Sipping the e-reader Kool-aid

My wife and kids would tell you I like gadgets, especially electronic gadgets. When you combine that with my book addiction, I always knew e-readers would entice me. It was more a question of when (how long I might be able to resist) than if.

Blame Barnes & Noble. I’m going to be sipping the […]

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Should there be a fee to borrow library books?

A British author told the BBC last week that in light of the impact of government budget cuts, libraries should consider charging a small fee for checking out a book. Michael Jecks, who bills himself as “Master of the Medieval Murder Mystery,” suggested a charge of 15 pence (currently about 22 cents). He doesn’t believe […]

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Weekend Edition: 6-26

Blog Headline of the Week

One reason why humans are special and unique: We masturbate. A lot. (And before you think this is from some wacko, NSFW site, it comes from the Scientific American website.) (The Morning News)

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster (“The loudest, most […]

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Friday Follies 2.20

It is evidently cease and desist week:

A website recently received a 12-page cease and desist letter — for a fake product it launched for April Fool’s day. Seems the site calling Canned Unicorn Meat “the new white meat” infringes on the National Pork Board’s slogan, “The Other White Meat.” Being good cyberspace denizens, Think […]

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Booking Through Thursday: Reading the reviews

Do you read book reviews? Do you let them change your mind about reading/not reading a particular book?

I’ve subscribed to the NYT Book Review for a number of years and, off and on, a variety of other book review (Bookforum) and book-oriented (The Believer) publications. And, of course, I have a number of […]

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Midweek Music Moment: Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961, Bill Evans Trio

Today’s music moment comes about only because of today’s news. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961, the outstanding performance by the Bill Evans Trio, is one of 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry.

In making the announcement, the Library of Congress said the five sets the trio performed on June 25, 1961, “are […]

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