Critical Linking: August 28th, 2012

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is working on a new book with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.

The American edition will surely be titled “Boy Are These Guys Pains in Our Asses.”

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Got a big book collection and don’t really want to take the time to catalog the entire thing? If you snap a photo of your books into Evernote, it’ll create a searchable inventory for you automatically.

Why, oh why did I not think of this.

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It’s not really the Kindle’s fault, but we couldn’t be together when I needed it most: The moments on a flight just before takeoff and landing. It’s then that I’m most anxious or most bored (the in-flight entertainment goes off around this time, too). The FAA was uncomfortable with our relationship and callously stood in the way.

This dude doesn’t need a book, he needs a Valium.

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Ben Franklin would recognize this era. From the 16th to the 19th century, pamphleteering allowed unpublished hacks like Thomas Paine to espouse their views and argue their points cheaply and individually. Pamphleteers were accused of vanity, incompetence and even sedition. But the best of them survive in the literature of the Reformation, the English Civil War and the American Revolution. In generations to come, the same may be said of a few of the Indie authors publishing today.

The more things change, the more they come to resemble colonial America.(That’s the right cliche, no?)

 

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