Book Reviews

The Gutenberg Purge

Aaron writes \"
The Altantic.com Online has a chat with Nicholson Baker
about his new book \"Double Fold: Libraries and the
Assault on Paper\".

Makes for an interesting read about the role of libraries
and the speed of information in today\'s age. \"

Can you have too many books?

Bob Cox sent along This Review of \"Patience & Fortitude:
A Roving Chronicle of Book People,
Book Places, and Book Culture\"
By Nicholas Basbanes.

They call the book \" grand, rambling, serendipitous treasure-house of material about books and the people who have loved them.\"

\"Patience & Fortitude\" looks at everything from the ancient classical library at Alexandria to a recent and controversial state-of-the-art information nexus in San Francisco.

A History of Books and Those Who Love Them

Henry Wessells writes...

\"Patience & Fortitude is a new journey into the world of rare books and book collecting by the author of A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. This time Basbanes gives an account of his meetings with a broad spectrum of librarians, booksellers and private collectors in travels throughout the United States and Europe.\" More from The Miami Herald.

Current state of book reviewing

The latest issue of Foreword Magazine focuses on the current state of book reviewing, including the views of a panel of publishers (hosted by the Small Press Center), the reasons that one independent publisher never sends her books out for review and an editorial on the \"mainstream opposition\" to paid reviews.

Student book offers twisted history \'coarse\'

Hermit ;-) writes \"Hilarious excerpts from a college professor\'s compilation of \"students\' most egregious mistakes.\" [ _Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students_ compiled by Anders Henriksson. Workman Publishing] \"


History, after all, is nothing more than \"the behind of the present,\" according to one student, who aptly added: \"This gives incites from the anals of the past.\"

For the Oversized shelves

Business Week\'s round-up of holiday gift suggestions includes a list of coffee-table books on topics ranging from financial markets and the end of the Soviet Union to Tiger Woods and teddy bears.

Recent books praised by Salon[.com]\'s critics

Hermit ;-) writes \" Salon\'s recommended book list is culled from the salon.com/books section from the last year.
A subsection, their special Sept. 11 book list is primarily brief reviews but includes some in depth reviews as well as interviews with authors.
For academics looking for an immediate textual fix, NAP.edu has 26 full text books on \"Terrorism and Security Collection about the science and policy issues surrounding terrorism and security\" that can be read online. \"

CSMonitor\'s Annual Book Guide 2001.

Hermit ;-) writes \"The CSMonitor\'s book editor, Ron Charles (and crew!-), has their annual \"retrospective list for discriminating readers\" up.

A quick scan and the review of the book _Republic.com_ by Cass Sunstein caught my eye.

The review, \"Create your own world on the Internet - and democracy crumbles,\" by Merle Rubin, Here, paints an eerie picture of a global net of polarized extremists. A disturbing potential consequence of self-filtering (?self-filtering?).

\"The MindGuard is down to 15% Captain! At any time the Enterprise may be broached by Unfiltered Ideas!\"

\"Raise the GroupThink to Maximum Scottie! Red alert, lasers on stun.\"

[Spock raises an eyebrow ;-] \"

Authors Warn that Male-Bashing Could have Disasterous Effects on Society

In the book \"Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture,\" the authors, Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson discuss the negative effects that could occur as a result of the level of male-bashing that is so widely accepted today. They refer to the negative stereotyping of men and boys, as found in books, art, greeting cards, comic strips, movies, television shows, and commercials. According to the authors, \"men are laughed at, denigrated or demonized, receiving treatment that would never be acceptable if directed at women.\" The problem could result in a hostile backlash toward women in general. More

Internet liberation theology

Salon has a Review of \"The Future of Ideas\" by Lawrence Lessig.
This book is on efforts to increase copyright protection, he says they are a threat to freedom and prosperity.

This is a sequel to the depressing, \"Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace\". He sees dominant players exercising control through the law, technical standards and political might to resist the change that might otherwise take place.
He recommends that there is a place for some regulation, if we want to preserve liberty.

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