3. Cory Doctorow on what is wrong with Facebook
4. Gretchen Rubin on Inner Economist and how to get people to tell the truth
Besides baseball, coffee, and my music collection, I probably obsess over how I read RSS feeds more than anything. Sometimes it feels like I tinker with the setup more than I actually read the news, but I’m making progress. I won’t claim to be completely satisfied with how or why I try to consume so much information from the internet, but lately I’ve been as content with the process as I can hope.
Trying to stay on top of dozens of feeds can feel like trying to squeeze a river…
Founded in the 11th century as a lay religious order of hospital workers who observed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta (variously known as: Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem; the Soverign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of…
I just drove up to Fantagraphics and got a couple hot-off-the-press advance copies - yay!!! - and I have one in my paws AT THIS MOMENT (…and, that’s a Spongebob band-aid on my thumb).
And here it is, ON MY SHELF! There’s a gold foil on the spine, too. I love a good spine!
Also: Playboy.com included LUST in their 2007 Holiday Gift Guide. Er, it isn’t supposed to be in stores until January. But anyway!
Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it - just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.
Stop for a good night’s rest: good advice for anyone doing a long-distance drive this Thanksgiving weekend.
Close cover before striking: good advice for us all.
Wikipedia: Williams, Arizona was “the last town to have its section of Route 66 bypassed.”
My son Ben found this matchbook on the street. Who could’ve dropped it? Someone who just stepped from a time-travel machine?
Other posts on ephemera
Invitation to a dance
Bookslut’s Colleen Mondor brought Goodbye Madame Butterfly and Chin Music Press to my attention. Like the hardcover of Dave Eggers’ What is the What, there’s no dustjacket – the illustration is imprinted directly on the cover. Check out the beautiful endpapers. And how cool is this: “The full-color illustrations on the cover, the endpapers and the table of contents were found in the musty stacks of Japanese used bookstores in the Jimbocho district” (from the Chin Music site). Wonderful.
CIA paparazzo Trevor Paglen is a thorn in Uncle Sam’s side. Known for snapping telephoto candids of CIA planes and Area 51, the artist also gathers “patch intel,” which he’s collected in this provocative book (main title: “I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me”). The fruit of several Freedom of Information Act requests, Paglen’s book proves that classified black opps concoct esoteric team insignias just like other military divisions. The photo-driven work…