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Lessons from the LA Times Festival of Books

by Patrick on April 28, 2009

After a gorgeous day off yesterday (What did I do?  I went to a bookstore.  The day after the Festival of Books.  On my day off from my bookstore job.  I’m a dork, I know), I’ve had some time to process the Festival of Books and I think these were the take-away lessons for this […]



by Patrick on April 23, 2009

The title of this post says it all.  These are my thoughts, or in some instances, the thoughts of others that I have appropriated and reproduced here for your enjoyment (This being the internet and all): Dan Brown’s new book, which I mentioned in a previous post, will be about the end of the Mayan […]


Random Thoughts for Wednesday Morning

by Patrick on April 8, 2009

If “The Wire” were written today, would Barksdale’s crew be using Twitter in some ingenious way?  I can just see Lester Freamon looking at photos of them typing away on their phones:  “It looks like they’re texting, but nobody’s receiving the message.”  I’d love to see the flip side of that scene, too.  Stringer:  “Bodie, […]


Someday I’ll have something substantive to say.  Until that day, thank god other people have websites! This has already been noted elsewhere, but click through and read this post at Black Plastic Glasses on “Why Ebooks Must Fail.” (And, as always, read the comments.)  If I’m understanding it correctly, the argument in this post is […]