The dark beverage was accused of possessing the same intoxicating effects that Muhammad had warned against with alcohol.
On behalf of those of us who have to see you before your morning espresso shot, maybe there’s something to it…
The Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the Top 10 Books Lost to Time, comprised of a number of titles even Bill says he’s never heard of, ranging from The Bard himself to Sylvia Plath.
We all like inexpensive books, but are we aware of the economic machinations that allow us to purchase brand-new titles for a “reasonable” price? (Not used books, of course.) Michael Jecks sheds some light on the issue:
As a result of the end of the Net Book Agreement that fixed prices, bigger stores like Waterstone’s, Borders and others demanded bigger discounts. Publishers like Headline were delighted to offer discounts to push ever larger print runs. They could make money from economies of scale. That is why almost all the local shops have disappeared. They cannot compete in a market so heavily rigged against them.
I can think of a few people who might find this handy guide interesting (Clint, you had better be reading our blog): How To Write A Love Poem.
When is the right time in a relationship to present someone with a poem? A good question. The line between creepy and romantic is ever shifting. Some people might like a poem written about them at first, and then later come to find it creepy and taser you. Others might, upon first reading, feel creeped out and then later come to love the poem you wrote. You never know.
You really never do.
Benefiting from the misfortune of others: The Yes Men on Alessio Rastani and the economic crisis.
“Every night I dream of another recession,” Rastani said, and explained that it’s possible to make huge money from a big crisis even when millions of others lose their life savings, and worse.
A brief article on Montrealer Jean Beliveau, who’s just returned from an 11-year walk around the world.
Beliveau left Montreal on the day of his 45th birthday, August 18, 2000, after his small sign business went bankrupt. He decided to run around the world to try to escape that painful episode in his life.
Check out his website at http://wwwalk.org/.
At the NYRB, three short stories by Wells Tower with art by John Currin: Post-Darwinian Experiments in Consciousness and Other Stories.
For those of you who admit to a bit of confusion regarding the fairer sex, BrainPickings has unearthed: a map!
Click over to BrainPickings to view the full-sized image, it’s worth it. On a related note, check out the cover of Jonathan Franzen’s The Discomfort Zone and note the striking similarities!
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.