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What Counts As Indie In Books?

I love the idea of Indie. Finding a true independent in a world filled with big, powerful organizations is a lucky thing, like finding a four-leaf clover.

So, I was excited to discover IndieBound this morning. IndieBound is the web site of an association of independent bookstores. It describes itself as follows: “A product of [...]

Win-Win Games

This morning, my dogs discovered Win-Win Games For All Ages, and they tore right through it. They were voracious readers. It was full of ideas they could bite into. They really ate it up. They licked each sentence…

… okay, I think I’m out of metaphors now.

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The Consumption Of Robert Bocock

In 1993, Robert Bocock wrote the book Consumption, which “aims to provide a critical overview of major sociological approaches to the process of consumption in modern and post-modern societies.”

Today, if you want to get a copy of Consumption, you can buy a copy on Amazon for $499.10.

I’m not sure if that’s the [...]

The Homeland Insecurity Choice: Which Do You Pick?

This past Friday, I’d planned a trip down to Boston, a trip that was halted by the lockdown of the entire city and many of its suburbs. Stuck outside the city with little to do but wait, I made my way to a Newbury Comics store where I found this trio of books for sale:

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When Mark of the Beast and End Times Outrank Available Evidence, Conspiracies Follow

Since January 2013, writers at Irregular Times have been pointing out the problems in the conspiracy theory insisting that the “Obamacare” health care law requires all Americans to be forcibly implanted with RFID-trackable microchips starting this year. The biggest problem with this claim is empirical: if you read the text of the law yourself, you’ll [...]

The Infinite Vapidity Of Books As Visual Props

This piece of conceptual art is conceptually stunted, going only a short distance beyond the statement of a person who buys Reader’s Digest condensed editions to place on their shelves to add a sense of refinement to their knick knacks. [...]

Security Culture Blow To Freedom Culture Began Before September 2001

This inversion in the political culture of the United States is happening at a time when the technology for the creation of a security state has been developed beyond our ancestors’ capacity for imagination. The FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act have resulted in the creation of a ubiquitous surveillance system far more powerful than what George Orwell anticipated in 1948. [...]

Barnes & Noble Publishes On Illegal Rainforest Paper

A Greenpeace investigation has found that the giant bookstore chain has been publishing books using paper made from trees illegally harvested on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where there are many endangered animals, including tigers and orangutans. [...]

Met Any Demons Lately?

Have you met any demons along country roads at night? [...]

How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and [...]

Dear Senator Kyl, Since You Say There’s No Privacy in Reading…

On Thursday March 10, Republican Senator Jon Kyl explained why he thinks people should stop worrying and love the government for using the Patriot Act to track their reading habits:

How does the law enforcement official know in advance, before he sees the order from the bookseller, that it includes the book? That is, how [...]