Bibliofuture's blog

Sidewalk poetry box

Sidewalk poetry box wins more fans for free verse
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/01/news/la-lh-silver-lake-poetry-box-peleg-top-20121227

Poetry boxes at the library?

In 'Little Green,' an Old Character Makes an Easy Comeback

To Save Everything, Click Here

Book: To Save Everything, Click Here

In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency?

More details here

Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World

Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World
http://bookcalendar2013.blogspot.com/2013/04/every-book-its-reader.html

The Bradbury Chronicles

May 2nd posting at the 2013 Book Calendar

http://bookcalendar2013.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-bradbury-chronicles-life-of-ray.html

Brought to You by Mountain Dew

A PIONEER in what has become a hot trend on Madison Avenue — going beyond the realm of traditional advertising and into the world of editorial and entertainment known as content marketing or branded content — is hoping to ramp up its efforts by joining forces with a content specialist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/business/media/mountain-dew-to-introduce-a-sponsored-web-s...

Book: Fear Less

The End of Power

Moises Naim's new book, "The End of Power," aims to track the history of political power and answer why being in charge isn't what it used to be. Ray Suarez talks with Naim, also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about why power is both harder to use and to keep today.

Skygods

Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am
http://bookcalendar2013.blogspot.com/2013/03/skygods-fall-of-pan-am.html

Pandora's Lunchbox

Writer George Saunders

George Saunders, a former MacArthur Fellow, talks to Jeffrey Brown about his latest collection of stories, "Tenth of December," and his unique voice and approach to capturing contemporary American culture in a compressed, short form.

Books by Saunders:

Tenth of December: Stories

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

In Persuasion Nation

dot dot dot

Meet dot dot dot, an organizational app for all your digital reading
http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/meet-dot-dot-dot-your-new/

Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Instant: The Story of Polaroid

http://bookcalendar2013.blogspot.com/2013/02/instant-story-of-polaroid.html

American Icons: John Henry

In the ballad, told countless times over more than a century, the railroad worker John Henry wins a race against a new steam-powered drill, but the victory is Pyrrhic: he collapses, saying “Give me a cool drink of water before I die.” “Did he win? Did he lose?,” wonders novelist Colson Whitehead. “By the '60s,” remarks Scott Nelson, a professor of history who wrote Steel Drivin’ Man, “John Henry is looked down on, as being an Uncle Tom character. ... The black man who’s always willing to do what the white man wants. There’s a division between brain and brawn.”

Whether or not the story has historical roots — it’s uncertain — his race has come to represent the heroic struggle of men and women to maintain the dignity of their labor against encroaching technology. A chess grandmaster going to battle against Big Blue is compared to John Henry, and The Onion headline reads, “Modern-Day John Henry Dies Trying to Out-Spreadsheet Excel 11.0.”

But it wasn't always so. Studio 360's David Krasnow traces the ballad back to its origins as a cautionary tale, and finds the answer song: a blues about a railroad worker who wants no part of martyrdom. “John Henry was a steel-driving man. He went down,” the song goes. “Take this hammer and carry it to the captain. Tell him I’m gone.”

Listen to full radio piece stream or download MP3 here:
http://www.studio360.org/2013/feb/01/american-icons-john-henry/

See all the January books

Book Calendar 2013

Now that January is done you can see all the books that were selected for January at once.

The current day can be seen here.

Book: The Geography of Hope

Book: The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need

The author of this book also wrote a book on a completely different topic: Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation

Major Dutch publisher abandons DRM

De Arbeiderspers/A W Bruna, the largest publisher in the Netherlands, has removed DRM from its e-books for the first time.

Full article

Digital Apollo

Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight

January 14 selection for the Book Calendar: Digital Apollo

Lincoln's Code

Jan 11 Book Calendar - Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

Salumi

January 7 book for the book calendar - Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

If you look at the calendar in flip card mode you can browse over all the titles selected so far.

Syndicate content