Category Archive for "Books"

Capital for the Twenty-First Century

Capitalism and democracy have always had an uneasy history together, despite their seemingly complimentary natures. Democracy has always acted a bit like capitalism’s irritating little brother, and has picked countless fights over the years. Some of these it wins, but…

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As promised, Fifty Shades of Grey

Ugh. I read Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I want to say that I did so that you don’t have to. Honestly though, part of me thinks you should. After all, this book birthed the mommy porn genre and…

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“F” by Daniel Kehlmann

I’d never heard of Daniel Kehlmann (Measuring the World, Fame) before the novel F was recommended to me. Though I’ll confess that it was the promise of a comic German novel that ultimately put the book in my hands. After…

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Better off Without ‘Em: a Review

Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Independence by Chuck Thompson was something of a guilty pleasure that I picked up in a moment of pique from the iBookstore a little while ago. When I was very young,…

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Challenges in Self-Publishing: Marketing

When was the last time you dug around the eBook listings on Amazon? If you’re a typical reader, your answer is “never.” The best data I’ve seen suggests that you go to Amazon when you know what you want. In…

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The Curious Genius of HP Lovecraft

“Atmosphere, not action,” said Howard Phillips Lovecraft, “is the great desideratum of weird fiction. Indeed, all that a wonder story can ever be is a vivid picture of a certain type of human mood.” Today is Lovecraft’s birthday. I felt…

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The Anatomy of the YA Novel

Today I found myself reflecting on the YA novel, and the underlying formula that makes them work. After all, a lot of writers really want to develop these – partly because the market is so active (and likely over saturated,…

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Hatchette Responds

Just a brief update on the Hatchette/Amazon dispute. Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hatchette, has released a letter in response to Amazon’s last public notice to the reading public. In it, he offers a pretty good description of a why book…

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Mr. Palomar

Italo Calvino has learned to be dead. Like the subject of his novel Mr. Palomar, we have had to see how the world has gotten on without him. In fact, he left us some time ago, much to the consternation…

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Amazon and eBooks

Amazon is really concerned about ebook prices. And its not hard to see why. As a company, Amazon has a really tough time recording profits, despite steady growth in overall revenue. In fact, considered as part of Amazon’s sales, media…

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