Critical Linking: August 17, 2012

 

He would pre- tend to be fishing, wait until a German submarine came along- side to buy fresh fish and water, and then attack the enemy with bazookas, machine guns, and hand grenades. Hemingway would use Basque jai alai play- ers to lob the grenades down the open hatches of the unsus- pecting U-boat. 

Hemingway’s scheme did get military support, but he never actually got close enough to a U-boat to do anything.

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I, Sarah Callender, vow to buy at least one book a month from a local indie bookstore for the rest of my life.

Is it a good sign that your customers have to enter into verbal contracts with themselves to buy stuff from you? Seems like it could go either way…

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In short, copyright keeps the writer in the polis, and indeed it is remarkable how little creative writing today is truly revolutionary, in the sense of seeking a profoundly different model of a society. There is a subversive writerly attitude, of course, liberal, anti-authoritarian, which has paradoxically become almost a convention; dissatisfaction with society is expected of an author. All the same with a royalty check whose arrival relies on international agreements, electronic funds transfer, and a willingness to prosecute copyright piracy, he or she is more a creature of the status quo than its enemy. Perhaps this is a good thing. Perhaps it is limiting. Perhaps good things are inevitably limiting.

A world without copyright would mean a world without writers….at least as we understand what the word “writer” means.

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One young man once told him that his favourite books were about serial killers and that all he enjoyed reading were books about serial killers. “We don’t have a lot of them for obvious reasons,” Charbonneau said.

Life as a prison librarian.

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