links for 2011-07-27

  • "The Daily Telegraph’s parent company was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $100,000 in damages over a book review. The British newspaper lost a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood in the high court."

    –An interesting case.

  • 'Now, there’s always been a tacit rule—at least among the writer-reader-teacher set I know—that if you attend a book reading, you should buy a copy of the book to support the author. (At the very least, you should NOT do what one woman at a recent reading did: say “I haven’t read your book—I’m sure I’ll get it out of the library at some point, though.”)'

    –Why is this so awful? There's a reason books are in libraries. The authors I know seem happy to sell to libraries. Yeah, maybe it's tacky to announce to an author at a bookstore that you're not buying their book. Stay at home, you library-using cheapskate!

  • I've upped my vocabulary — up yours!
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