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Aaron Swartz, Obituary, The Economist January 19, 2012

Aaron Swartz, Obituary, The Economist January 19, 2012

It is terribly sad when anyone commits suicide. Aaron Swartz, the genius who created RSS, helped make Reddit.com, and more, took his own life on January 11, 2013. He was a mere 26 years old. His life was a mix of fabulous successes, but also mental illness and misery. The Economist gave Swartz quite the […]

Andre Schiffrin, The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read (New York: Verso, 2000)

Andre Schiffrin, The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read (New York: Verso, 2000)

Andre Schiffrin’s The Business of Books provides some interesting history on big publishing in New York.  For that alone it was worth reading. Schiffrin lead Pantheon Books for decades and founded the New Press in 1990, so he is a man of experience. But Schiffrin does not analyze the changes to the publishing industry, he […]

Kosar’s Whiskey: A Global History Is Published

Kosar’s Whiskey: A Global History Is Published

Copies of Whiskey: A Global History (Reaktion Books, 2010)  are now selling in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere around the globe.  A worldwide list of retailers offering the book can be found here. Jason Wilson, author of Boozehound, and the spirits columnist at the Washington Post, wrote a wonderful review of the book— ‘Whiskey,’ at […]

On Publishing: Katherine Schwarzenegger Spews Hooey

On Publishing: Katherine Schwarzenegger Spews Hooey

So, Katherine Schwarzenegger told the Washington Post the other day, I had an idea for a book and a passion about body image.  I submitted a proposal, just like every other person does, to several different publishers.  I went down the exact same path that everyone who wants to write a book did.  I didn’t […]

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