You Want Fries with That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 12:06

The American Dream used to include a white picket fence, 2.2 kids, and a dog. In today's frantic world, it's . . . well, let's be honest-it's quite different. But what would happen if you did have the nerve to quit your white-collar job? Prioleau Alexander can tell you:He walked away from a lucrative career as an advertising executive, seeking a life +like that dude on Kung Fu.+ Over the next year he worked minimum-wage jobs as a pizza deliveryman, ice cream scooper, construction worker, ER tech, fast food jockey, and even cowboy on a Montana dude ranch.

Harry Potter case brings the law into Internet Age

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 11:28

CNN Takes A Good Look at Rowling Vs. The Librarian. Most lawyers agree this is a close call. That is because this is an extremely close call on the law, almost a toss-up, in my view. Even U.S. District Court Judge Robert Patterson, who is deciding the case, said so, urging the parties to settle. "This case is in a murky state of the law," said Patterson. "I've listened to the parties and heard them. I'm not sure you couldn't settle even now, if you listen to what's being said."

Publishers Beware: Amazon has you in their sights

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 07:03

Jessamyn points to an interesting Post Over At Tim O'Reilly's Place on Amazon's big plans. Tim says that Amazon has serious plans for vertical integration of the publishing industry. Having got retailers on the ropes, they now are aiming at publishers. "Amazon has, so far, created huge value for the publishing ecosystem.

Can you direct me to a good book?

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 08:18

The Blog Books says Reading organised by geography is the subject of two new sites, which need your help. The first is from, the Book Trust scheme to get the residents of this storied city to look into their literary heritage. English PEN have a World Atlas in the making. No maps on this one, and it's all down to us readers to add recommendations, but its ambitions are high.