- Who knew? Today is supposedly Book Lovers Day (something real book lovers celebrate yearround). Maybe it’s a good day to embark on my new goal of paying a quarterly book tax by buying at least $100 worth of books at the local indie bookstore.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- It’s Been Real, It’s Been Fun, But It Hasn’t Been Real Fun (“Unfortunately in Pierre where Democrats are all but non-existent, it seems the biggest issue is not necessarily doing what is best for the residents but in determining who can come up with the most ridiculous legislation to determine who is more Conservative or who isn’t Conservative enough.”)
- The Day the Literature Died (“Like all of us, I remember where I was the day I learned that literature had died. I was at home, clicking around on the internet when I came across the articles, and I sat back, stunned.”)
Blog Headline of the Week
- The Brookline Booksmith, where I spent at least an hour when I stopped by in May, is the 2013 best bookstore in Boston. (via)
- Do the books we won’t read tell more about us than the ones we do? (via)
- Is the difference between autobiography and memoir that the latter author adopts techniques of fiction?
- The life cycle of a library book (via)
- Forty-four percent of all books sold in the U.S. are now bought online
- There’s been an absolutely stunning change in Shanghai in the last 26 years
- Turns out there’s a relatively long history of coulrophobia
- Coffee — the Viagra of the 1600s
The thing you don’t need to live — books, art, cinema, wine and so on — are the things you need to live.
Matt Haig, The Humans