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It’s been awhile since I posted one of my classic link posts.  I know you’ve all been jonesin like all get up, so here you go: It’s long as hell, but I still highly recommend Eric Harvey’s Social History of the MP3 at Pitchfork.  Those in the book business will likely see some scary (and [...]

The Great Cupcake Bake-Off of ‘09

The Great Cupcake Bake-Off of ‘09

These cupcakes had peaches in them. They were based on a Julia Child recipe. Completely vegan, fair trade and organic. And so tasty! Yesterday, inspired by Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes:  175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat, we took a break from the literary life and hosted our first Cupcake Bake-off.  The rules were fairly simple:  [...]

I Finished Cryptonomicon

I Finished Cryptonomicon

If you’re expecting a lot of analysis here, forget it.  It’d be like asking a man who’s just run a marathon to help you move.  I started reading it in late April.  In between beginning and ending the book, I finished at least five other books, probably more. Was it good?  Yes.  Was it, at [...]

The New Millions

The New Millions

When you have a moment, click over and check out the new redesign of The Millions.  Max has done a great job of combining an up-to-the-minute linkblog with a forum for lengthier, more considered pieces.  Plus it looks freakin’ great. Go to the Vroman’s Blog

Do Books Become Dated, Like a Bad Haircut?

Do Books Become Dated, Like a Bad Haircut?

I was reading Choire’s email newsletter update from The Awl today (which you should subscribe to, if you don’t already), and he was riffing on the idea of how quickly pop culture becomes dated: This is the problem with the pop culture. Even a few, what, months later, the “Sex and the City” clothes are [...]

Pasadena Pride on the Bestseller List & Other Links

Pasadena Pride on the Bestseller List & Other Links

We’re hard at work here on a larger project that will be blowing up your RSS feed soon enough.  In the meantime, please read these fine links and report back with your thoughts: As this LA Times article notes, sales of Julia Child books and cookbooks are rising like soufles (kill me now) on the [...]

This is Not a John Hughes Post: In Defense of Syndication

This is Not a John Hughes Post:  In Defense of Syndication

By now, everyone knows that the film director John Hughes passed away yesterday.  He directed movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Great Outdoors.  I’m not the guy to write a eulogy for him.  He made some very good movies, some movies that I’ve watched dozens of times, and a few [...]

Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

I can’t write every great post on the internet, and since I won’t be writing anything that constitutes even a mediocre post today, I strongly recommend you go to these other fine websites for your entertainment and edification: Russ Marshalek has the best analysis of the Bloomsbury Liar cover art controversy. “Basically, Bloomsbury got called [...]

Vroman’s Announces Personalized Books

Vroman’s Announces Personalized Books

Click here to view the embedded video. As of today, Vroman’s is thrilled to offer personalized children’s books.  Now your child can be a character in his or her favorite book.  If you’re interested in having a personalized book made, come by the Will Call department of Vroman’s main store, or call (626) 449-5320 and [...]

How Can a Bookstore Use Free?

How Can a Bookstore Use Free?

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent the past few days in the service of the County of Los Angeles, making a day sitting in overly-air-conditioned rooms and waiting to be called as a juror.  The first day of jury duty, I got a lot of reading done, and what I read was Chris Anderson’s new [...]

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