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Friday, 25 August 2017

Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?

quote [ How does a book with such a low Amazon ranking that?s ?temporarily out of stock? suddenly become the most read book in YA? ]

TLDR: The NYT bestseller list counts preorders as "sales", even if they're never actually paid for.
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Interesting]
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Satirical Origins of the Meritocracy

quote [ In 1958, Michael Young published a book called The Rise of the Meritocracy as a satirical criticism of the concept of meritocracy. ]

People missing satire and adopting a term that was meant to ridicule them? Color me surprised.
[SFW] [literature] [+5 Sad]
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Who?s Who? Who Cares

quote [ How the ?Who?s Who? concept of reference books devolved from a genuinely useful idea into a very costly form of vanity publishing. ]

Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Interesting]
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Doctor Faust's handy guide to conjuring up demons

quote [ Faust was a scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy. He was an itinerant alchemist, astrologer, magician, and occultist. He performed magic tricks in shows and wrote horoscopes on commission. During his life, he was variously described as a trickster, a fraud, and a con man?-mainly due to customers dissatisfied with their horoscopes. ]

Watch out or you'll get your wish
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Interesting]
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Galaxy Magazine Now Available at Internet Archive

quote [ Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break in to the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading... ]

Now available online, a bunch of classic small-format magazines from the golden age of scifi.
Read 'em online, or download for later.

[SFW] [literature] [+8 Classy Pr0n]
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

America?s Top Prosecutors Used to Go After Top Executives. What Changed?

quote [ Why was virtually no one prosecuted for causing the 2008 financial crisis, which devastated the global economy and cost the United States almost nine million jobs? Some people think the fix is in: Bankers control the government, so they can get away with anything. Others claim that the banks did nothing wrong to begin with ? or, alternatively, that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone in particular committed a crime. In this new book, the ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger tells a different story: Since the turn of the century, changes in the political landscape, the defense bar, the courts and most important the Justice Department have undermined both the ability and the resolve of America?s top prosecutors to go after corporations or their executives. ]

Nytimes, full review is in the extended.

[SFW] [literature] [+5 Interesting]
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Why ?woke? was added to the dictionary

quote [ You?re thinking about the dictionary all wrong, lexicographers say. ]

I've been thinking about the dictionary all wrong
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Interesting]
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Wandering Inn

quote [ An inn is a place to rest, a place to talk and share stories, or a place to find adventures, a starting ground for quests and legends.

In this world, at least. To Erin Solstice, an inn seems like a medieval relic from the past. But here she is, running from Goblins and trying to survive in a world full of monsters and magic. She?d be more excited about all of this if everything wasn?t trying to kill her.

But an inn is what she found, and so that?s what she becomes. An innkeeper who serves drinks to heroes and monsters?

Actually, mostly monsters. But it?s a living, right? ]

It's a fantasy novel updating twice a week.

People from our world find themselves in a weird fantasy setting where classes, levels and skills are things people are aware of and openly talking about.

[SFW] [literature] [+3 Good]
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Paris? Dusty Diary : A Peek Inside the City?s Most Secret Library

quote [ Guarded by a fortress of medieval walls cut from thick ominous sandstone, Les Archives Nationales means business. The former humble abode to a member of the French aristocracy, today this decadent sprawling chateau houses France?s most precious documents, each securely locked behind layers of mahogany-framed, etched-glass bookshelves. ]
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Interesting]
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein

quote [ This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal. ]
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
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