Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 8, 2011 - 11:03am
From earliest times, the plight of the stranger, the outsider, has always made for a great story. In the Old Testament, Ruth follows her bereaved mother-in-law, Naomi, and embraces a new culture, customs (and husband) to make a home for them in a land far from her own. From ancient texts to the present day, perhaps this is what reading is always about — finding a space to explore worlds and lives that are not our own, to look in on places where we don't belong.
Full piece on NPR
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 6, 2011 - 2:34pm
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The Matter of the Page: Essays in Search of Ancient and Medieval Authors
Ancient and medieval literary texts often call attention to their existence as physical objects. Shane Butler helps us to understand why. Arguing that writing has always been as much a material struggle as an intellectual one, The Matter of the Page offers timely lessons for the digital age about how creativity works and why literature moves us.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 3, 2011 - 1:21am
Readers are often warned not to judge a book by its cover, but what about its publicity? That is the basis of a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter and his publisher Simon & Schuster over his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid,” which was filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 1, 2011 - 12:55pm
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the Are you a Librarian Superhero contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country, and to encourage other feats of greatness. Gale is calling on everyone – fellow librarians, library patrons, students and school administrators – to nominate a superhero librarian who is making a real difference for their library and community.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 31, 2011 - 2:25pm
Interesting piece in the NYT by Tyler Cowen (professor of economics at George Mason University)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 30, 2011 - 7:36pm
I am thinking about starting a reading project where I read one book about every U.S. President. I am gathering a list of books to see what is available.
I am open to suggestions if anyone has books they would like to add to the list. I can guarantee that I have to be missing some major works at this point.
1st - George Washington (1789-1797)
Washington: A Life
His Excellency: George Washington
Washington: The Indispensable Man
2nd - John Adams (1797-1801)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 27, 2011 - 12:43am
An Amazon Kindle, protected by a special waterproof case, is immersed in water at a consumer electronics show. Amazon has released the first of a new line of short digital books pitched as quick, captivating works for its popular electronic reader.
See picture here: http://yhoo.it/guHCZ4
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 27, 2011 - 12:30am
Amazon has released the first of a new line of short digital books pitched as quick, captivating works for its popular Kindle electronic readers.
The launch of Kindle Singles included the debut of TED Books, written versions of inspirational 18-minute talks that are a trademark of renowned TED gatherings dedicated to cultivating "ideas worth spreading."
"This first set of Singles was selected by our team of editors, and includes works by Rich Cohen, Darin Strauss, Ian Ayres, and the first-ever books published by TED," said Kindle content vice president Russ Grandinetti.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 20, 2011 - 10:59am
A law professor I know sent me this email. I believe this prof has a slightly left of center political view just to give a little context on the sender.
Agree or not, you all might enjoy reading the following three paragraphs, the first three paragraphs of a concurring opinion by Scalia, published yesterday.
Cite as: 562 U. S. ____ (2011) SCALIA, J., concurring in judgment
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. ROBERT M. NELSON ET AL.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
[January 19, 2011]
JUSTICE SCALIA, with whom JUSTICE THOMAS joins, concurring in the judgment.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 20, 2011 - 10:48am
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1.3 million people bought the $20 gift certificate at Amazon.com for $10 at Living Social.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 20, 2011 - 12:38am
Digital spaces on the World Wide Web can be consumed as windowed technologies, providing apparently transparent access to information, or as mirrors, multi–layered and complex, requiring critical reflexivity for productive participation. Approaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology exploits its potential as a pedagogical tool with which students can improve their research practices and writing proficiency in digital environments.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 19, 2011 - 2:08pm
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Don't hold your breath for the arrival of "The Sopranos" or "Entourage" on Netflix's streaming service.
Citing a "high-placed Time Warner executive," The Hollywood Reporter reported late last week that the only way for Time Warner-owned HBO to offer its content on Netflix's service is if the rental company charges customers $20 per month, rather than the $7.99 it currently charges streaming-only users. At such a price, The Hollywood Reporter's source claims, Netflix would get a "meaningful amount of HBO content."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 19, 2011 - 1:51am
Over the course of three years, filmmaker Meghan Eckman tracked the comings and goings of a solitary parking lot in Charlottesville, Va., chronicling the lives of the attendants who were working there. This inspiring documentary is the result. Hanging tough as they navigate the range of human emotion -- from hope to frustration, from a sense of limitless possibilities to stagnation -- the film's subjects embody the pursuit of the American Dream.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 11, 2011 - 11:05am