Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I just love that President Obama stopped by Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City yesterday. He was in Iowa to make a speech about the new health care law, and during his talk he mentioned that the bookstore would now get tax benefits to offset its rising health care costs.Then he stopped by the store.
And he bought three books,“Journey to the River Sea,” by Eva Ibbotson, “The Secret of Zoom,” by Lynne Jonell, (for his daughters) and a Star Wars pop-up book for the six-year old son of his press secretary.
I can't remember a recent American president every doing this. I think Obama is one of us: he loves to browse. I bet he would have loved to have spent another half hour at the store looking at the new releases. After all, he is a prolific and varied reader.
I think this can give independent bookstores a boost.
Monday, March 22, 2010
spring edition of Lapham's Quarterly has a run down of what writers from previous centuries earned at their day jobs and what that salary would look like today if adjusted for inflation.
Anthony Trollope was a postal surveyor and earned )in today's dollars) $35,000-$50,000. Charlotte Bronte, a governess, only earned $1,838. T.S. Eliot, a clerk for Lloyd's Bank of London, earned between $18-$31,000.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
What’s most funny is that he left behind two old PCs. I guess even thieves prefer Macs.
And then he had the nerve to take our New York Times.
I had all sorts of stuff on that computer, including a draft of a book proposal. I think I am backed up but it will take a day or so to make sure.
But now my cozy (and always-messy) office doesn’t feel quite the samel/
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
You will be able to point the Ipad at the sky, and with its GPS unit, the stars above will appear on the unit. You can then find out more information about what you are looking at.
This is just one of the features demonstrated in this video. Penguin CEO John Makinson is presenting the demo at a presentation in London. (via Publisjers Marketplace)