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The DOJ, Apple, Five Publishers and Amazon

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the “big six” publishers (Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Pearson, Penguin, and Macmillan). The DOJ suit asserts that the publishers— with Apple’s collaboration—colluded to raise ebook prices and force Amazon to adopt the…

Stuff We Think You Should Read

Why should I be Allowed to Marry? I Chose to be Gay From The Guardian Yes, deciding to be gay was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. But I knew it would be worth it! I salivated at the thought of spending years wondering whether or not my…

Merry Christmas

This English manuscript was made in East Anglia in the mid-thirteenth-century. Technically, it is a Psalter-hours, since it contains the Office of the Dead, the Hours of the Virgin, and Collects. The Carrow psalter features a miniature portraying the martyrdom of St. Thomas Beckett. Interestingly, after Henry VIII found Beckett…

Vanity Fare on TSA: So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost.

To walk through an airport with Bruce Schneier is to see how much change a trillion dollars can wreak. So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost. And directed against a threat that, by any objective standard, is quite modest. Some other important quotations: The full-body-scanner…

The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Harper Collins, NY. 2009. ISBN: 978-0-06-165819-8 Buy from Amazon Buy from iBooks Buy From Powell’s Ree Drummond was a Southern California college graduate with plans to move to Chicago and start law school when she met an Oklahoma cattle rancher. She married “Marlboro Man,”…

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition—Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Anthony Bourdain. Ecco, January, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0060899226. Buy from Amazon. Buy from Powell’s   I first heard about Anthony Bourdain via his No Reservations show on the Travel channel. It was immediately clear that Bourdain not only loves food, he loves…

Club Dead—Charlaine Harris

Club Dead Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse 3 Ace Books, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0441010516. Buy from Powell’s Buy from Amazon Charlaine Harris’ Club Dead is the third in her series of “Southern Vampire” novels, preceded by Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas, both of which were previously reviewed for…

Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights—Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights. HarperPerrenial, 2002. ISBN: 978-0060933913. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights is a collection of interviews, beginning with the formation of the Mattachine Society and The Daughter’s of Bilitis, right through…

The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology—Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythlogy. Kent State University Press, 2005. ISBN: This is not the first Verlyn Flieger Tolkien study we’ve reviewed, and I hope it won’t be the last. Interrupted Music is a brilliant study of Tolkien’s mythic creation, with particular emphasis on the role…

J. R. R. Tolkien Encylopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment—Michael Drout, Ed.

Michael Drout, Ed. J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2006). ISBN:978-0415969420. Order Paperback from Amazon The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment is a very large book, weighing just under 4.5 pounds, with 800 folio size two-column pages, including a list of the forty-six contributors,…

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