guardian:

Christopher Hitchen: 1949 - 2011 

His life in quotes

"I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn’t ever have to rely on the press for my information." – Hitch-22, 2010

A great loss.

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offonatangent:

I spoke about various ongoing antitrust investigations into agency model pricing on All Things Considered earlier today. Since it was a short segment, there was a ton of stuff that didn’t make it into the broadcast (not to mention, as I said to the producers and to Lynn Neary off-tape, this topic leads to so many different other Amazon and publishing-related issues that have dominated the publishing headlines in 2011 that it’s like being sucked down a gigantic rabbit hole) but I do think it’s fair to say no decisions on any of those pending inquiries - state, federal, EU - will be arrived at anytime soon.

And this weekend, my black-blazer-wearing self will be on Book TV talking about the Year in Books. Which (surprise) turned out mostly to be the Year in Publishing.

A very good source, on a very important (and fast-evolving) issue.

Meet Frances Goldin, 87 years old, and a longtime activist and literary agent. Some of the writers she represents include Barbara Kingsolver, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Dorothy Allison, Adrienne Rich, and our own Staceyann Chin.
The Guardian included this shot of her at the OWS protests yesterday. Evidently, she was doing her best to get arrested (for the tenth time in her life).
File under: Someone Worth Knowing.

Meet Frances Goldin, 87 years old, and a longtime activist and literary agent. Some of the writers she represents include Barbara Kingsolver, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Dorothy Allison, Adrienne Rich, and our own Staceyann Chin.

The Guardian included this shot of her at the OWS protests yesterday. Evidently, she was doing her best to get arrested (for the tenth time in her life).

File under: Someone Worth Knowing.

If you are looking for a source of inspiration after a tough week, might we suggest Gabrielle Giffords?

ABC previewed their upcoming conversation with Gabby and her husband, Mark Kelly, which is set to air on Monday night in advance of the couple’s book “Gabby,” which goes on sale Tuesday.

shortformblog:

“Slumdog Millionaire” story basically comes true: Sushil Kumar’s family was so poor they couldn’t even afford a television set. But that didn’t stop Kumar, left, from winning $1 million dollars on a game show, which means the $120-per-month government worker is now living in a Danny Boyle movie. Kumar plans to buy a home for his family, buy back his ”dilapidated ancestral house,” and use the money to study for India’s civil services exam.

Very cool. I’m sure Vikas Swarup, author of “Q&A” - aka “Slumdog Millionaire” is applauding somewhere right now.

shortformblog:

“Slumdog Millionaire” story basically comes true: Sushil Kumar’s family was so poor they couldn’t even afford a television set. But that didn’t stop Kumar, left, from winning $1 million dollars on a game show, which means the $120-per-month government worker is now living in a Danny Boyle movie. Kumar plans to buy a home for his family, buy back his ”dilapidated ancestral house,” and use the money to study for India’s civil services exam.

Very cool. I’m sure Vikas Swarup, author of “Q&A” - aka “Slumdog Millionaire” is applauding somewhere right now.

(via shortformblog)

Solidarity, the Ken Jennings way.

Solidarity, the Ken Jennings way.

Happy Birthday Ursula K. Le Guin

"Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the tidal abyss. The light shines through it, and the dark enters it. Borne, flung, tugged from anywhere to anywhere, for in the deep sea there is no compass but nearer and farther, higher and lower, the jellyfish hangs and sways; pulses move slight and quick within it, as the vast diurnal pulses beat in the moon-driven seas. Hanging, swaying, pulsing, the most vulnerable and insubstantial creature, it has for its defense the violence and power of the whole ocean, to which it entrusted its being, its going, and its will."

—first lines, The Lathe of Heaven