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2:04 PM, April 25th, 2012
[O]ur current political debates are largely impoverished. We hear a lot of shouting past one another, and relatively little engagement with the big questions—including questions of justice and the common good—that people care about. But I believe there is a great hunger for a better kind of politics, and a morally more robust kind of public discourse. The book tries to provoke or inspire such arguments. Whether we can elevate our politics remains to be seen.
Michael Sandel is optimistic on the future. Read about his book, ‘What Money Can’t Buy,’ in Newsweek. You can also scroll through our Q&A with the author
6:32 PM, April 24th, 2012
thedailywhat:

Kindle Passage of the Day: The most highlighted passage in all of Kindle Land? It’s Katniss talking about her mom in Catching Fire:

“Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.”

Not suprisingly, the Hunger Games trilogy accounts for eight of the top 10 most-highlighted Kindle passages. Which begs the question: Readers are taking theHunger Games so seriously that they’re highlighting passages using Kindle?
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Cool page. 

thedailywhat:

Kindle Passage of the Day: The most highlighted passage in all of Kindle Land? It’s Katniss talking about her mom in Catching Fire:

“Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.”

Not suprisingly, the Hunger Games trilogy accounts for eight of the top 10 most-highlighted Kindle passages. Which begs the question: Readers are taking theHunger Games so seriously that they’re highlighting passages using Kindle?

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Cool page. 

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1:38 PM, April 13th, 2012

emergentfutures:

The Next Time Someone Says the Internet Killed Reading Books, Show Them This Chart

“Remember the good old days when everyone read really good books, like, maybe in the post-war years when everyone appreciated a good use of the semi-colon? Everyone’s favorite book was by Faulkner or Woolf or Roth. We were a civilized civilization. This was before the Internet and cable television, and so people had these, like, wholly different desires and attention spans. They just craved, craved, craved the erudition and cultivation of our literary kings and queens. 

Well, that time never existed. Check out these stats from Gallup surveys. In 1957, not even a quarter of Americans were reading a book or novel. By 2005, that number had shot up to 47 percent. I couldn’t find a more recent number, but I think it’s fair to say that reading probably hasn’t declined to the horrific levels of the 1950s.”

Full Story: The Atlantic

What are you reading, Internet? 

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4:10 PM, March 29th, 2012
Early in her career, the idea began to get around that she was more than merely human—that she was perhaps a bodhisattva, a living Buddha, born to save her people from suffering. In 1990, after the regime chose to ignore the landslide election victory of her party, the National League for Democracy, it was reported that Buddha statues around the country had begun to weep from the left breast. This was seen by many as confirmation of Suu Kyi’s supernatural provenance, and an indication that sooner or later this tender woman—the left breast indicating the feminine principle, weeping out of pity—was bound to prevail.
Peter Popham describes Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate. Popham has also written a biography of the extraordinary woman called The Lady and the Peacock, which I just bought and am super excited to read. 
3:26 PM, February 27th, 2012

firthofforth:

soupsoup:

evangotlib:

Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain dies

Jan Berenstain, who with her husband Stan created the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years, has died. She was 88.

Mike Berenstain says his mother suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and died Friday without regaining consciousness. She was a longtime resident of Solebury in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Berestains’ gentle stories of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear address childhood subjects like coping with new siblings, summer camp and peer pressure.

Stan and Jan Berenstain, both Philadelphia natives, were 18 when they met on their first day at art school in 1941. Stan Berenstain died in 2005.

The first Berenstain Bears book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” was published in 1962. More than 300 titles have been released in 23 languages.

I love these books.  Sad.

Part of my childhood has died

The Berenstain Bairs Go To The Funeral.

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2:30 PM, January 27th, 2012
We live in a society where there’s this idea that you’re either in a long-term relationship or taking steps to get there. But if you read diaries, what you find is, that’s not what a lot of people are doing.
Arianne Cohen, author of The Sex Diaries Project, talks to our Jessica Bennett about what she learned reading the diaries of 1,500 Americans
12:20 PM, January 9th, 2012
blue-skies-bright-eyes:

I want a room in my house to be like this…

Why hello there, bookshelfporn. (via @GrahamDavidA)

blue-skies-bright-eyes:

I want a room in my house to be like this…

Why hello there, bookshelfporn. (via @GrahamDavidA)

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7:11 PM, December 28th, 2011

[A]ny memoir that is ghost written will very likely turn out to be, with a very few notable exceptions, dead as a doornail, and hardly worth reading. If a movie star isn’t going to sit down to write his or her own book, the hell with it.

Former publisher Michael Korda laments the fact that the memoirs of Hollywood’s greats are usually quite dull, especially if their ghost-written. 

Photo: Laurence Olivier, whose memoir Confessions of an Actor was “carefully managed to avoid baring any of his soul.”

12:05 PM, December 20th, 2011

imwithkanye:

Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling pick their must-have books of the holiday season. Upon reviewing Clinton’s list, Mindy said she would have chosen more “PhD-friendly books.” That’s just silly…

Watch the clip (and hear Ann Curry say ‘semen’) and check out their book selections below:

Mindy Kaling’s list

  1. “11/22/63” By Stephen King
  2. “Bossypants” By Tina Fey 
  3. “Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson” By Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson 
  4. “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness”  By Gwyneth Paltrow 
  5. “Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty” By Andrew Bolton
  6. “The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel” By Laura Lippman 
  7. “The Marriage Plot: A Novel” By Jeffrey Eugenides 
  8. “Look I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany” By Stephen Sondheim
  9. “The Art of Fielding” By Chad Harbach 
  10. “What to Wear, Where: The How-to Handbook for Any Style Situation” By Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

Bill Clinton’s list  

  1. “Jerusalem” By Simon Sebag Montefiore 
  2. “Lincoln” By David Herbert Donald
  3. “Meditations” By Marcus Aurelius 
  4. “The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century” By David Fromkin
  5. “The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes” By Seamus Heaney 
  6. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa” By Adam Hochschild
  8. “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” By Robert Wright 

Today in Brilliant Programming Pairings.

PS. If nothing listed above is doing it for you, here’s our Holiday Book Gift Guide.

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1:13 PM, December 15th, 2011
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9:06 AM, November 22nd, 2011

literaryflack:

Great night — Joan really opened up and told wonderful stories.

vintageanchor:

Joan Didion (with Sloane Crosley) last night at the New York Public Library: “I don’t write for catharsis; I have to write to understand.”

"I have to write to understand."

UPDATE: Video of Crosley and Didion’s hour-long conversation

(Source: vintageanchorbooks)

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12:27 PM, November 7th, 2011
firstbook:

Our friends at Random House Children’s Books have generously agreed to donate one brand-new book for each new follower we gain on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter this week. Those books will go to thousands of schools and programs serving kids from low-income families across the country.
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"Let’s do this, Internet."

firstbook:

Our friends at Random House Children’s Books have generously agreed to donate one brand-new book for each new follower we gain on TumblrFacebook, and Twitter this week. Those books will go to thousands of schools and programs serving kids from low-income families across the country.

Please Re-blog!

To learn more about First Book, please visit: www.firstbook.org

"Let’s do this, Internet."

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4:07 PM, November 4th, 2011

When did you find time to write a book? You write about working 16-hour days.

One of the ways I unwind is by writing—and I’ll often do it in the form of an email to myself. So when I get home at night, I’ll open up an email, and I’ll put the date in the subject heading, and I’ll write myself something funny that happened or an observation I had. And that’s sort of how it started.

Note to self to adopt the Mindy Kaling approach to writing.

4:27 PM, October 7th, 2011

newsweek:

Here’s the pic we sent in for BuzzFeed’s Awesome Stacks Of Books Found In Offices post. This is, quite honestly, the tip of the iceberg.

Although these are credited as ours. We = you! You = us! Those are our books.

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