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Lee Hadden writes:\"There is an excellent article on the problem of aliteracy, a scourge of
people who can read, but won\'t. Read more about it in the Washington Post.
\"The No-Book Report: Skim It and Weep : More and More Americans Who Can
Read Are Choosing Not To. Can We Afford to Write Them Off?\" A survey shows
Americans are reading printed versions of magazines, newspapers and books
less and less. \"Does this really surprise anyone?Truly sad\"
The Full Story has several interesting interviews and examples, it\'s worth the read.
Bob Cox sent along This Story that takes a very different look at \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker.
I know, you\'re probably about sick of hearing about this book, but this story is very different. The author worries that this influential book will lead us to consider the concept of the life cycle of literature in unhelpful ways.
\"Rather than join Baker in mourning the long dead, we should draw attention to and drum up support for efforts to keep books alive, if only momentarily.\"
Salon has a lengthy Story on \"The Wind Done Gone\", the book that was ruled to infringe on \"Gone With the Wind\". The argument here boils down to if the book is a parody or an unauthorized, unlicensed (and therefore illegal) sequel. The judge ruled \"The Wind Done Gone\" is simultaneously not enough about \"Gone With the Wind\" and too much like it. The judge said the \"extensive copying\" in \"The Wind Done Gone\" \"usurps the original\'s right to create its own sequel.\"
The Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co. is 115 years old, the world\'s oldest socialist publisher, Franklin and Penelope Rosemont are now in charge.
Speaking of Buffalo, the Buffalo & Erie County Library is running a Mark Twain Writing Competition
"A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage,".Cash prizes of $5,000 for first place,
$3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place will be awarded in the international
competition. It\'s easy, just finish the book and win! Read the First 2 Chapters and see what you can do......
Someone writes \"A very interesting program in Rochester, NY where the whole community read the same book: \"A Lesson Before Dying\" by Ernest Gaines.
Full Story \"
They say we tried it here in Buffalo last year, though I somehow must\'ve missed it. Great quote from the story:
\"encouraging everyone in a
community to read the same
book conjures up a social
phenomenon displaced long
ago by America\'s
TV-obsessed culture: a collective literary experience\"
Neat book, neat idea, anything to get people to turn off the TV for a second is a good idea.
There\'s a neat Audio Interview [You need Real Player] with author Simon Winchester over on NPR.
\"...who voices his frustration with the misuse of Roget\'s Thesaurus. Roget apparently never intended his book to be used for finding synonyms at all -- its creation was merely a game to pass the time. Winchester is author of the bestselling book, The Professor and the Madman. His article on Roget will appear in Atlantic magazine\".
I\'m pretty sure it\'s in the issue I have at home, so I think the article is already out.
She says that the book is a parody of Margaret Mitchell\'s famous 1936 novel \"Gone With the Wind\" and not, as a federal judge ruled, a sequel.
\"I would never write a sequel to `Gone With the Wind.\' I\'m not a romance novelist. I didn\'t seek to exploit her characters but explode them,\"
Yahoo is reporting The
independent bookstores have
dropped their antitrust lawsuit against book giants
Barnes &Noble and Borders in exchange for $4.7
Both sides claim they won.
``Fizzle. Fizzle. Fizzle,\'\' said Stephanie Oda,
Subtext, a Connecticut newsletter covering the
industry. ``Business is not fair. This is a capitalistic