Critical Linking: March 31st, 2014

Churches tend to ebb and flow with generations: Chapels close after neighborhoods are redeveloped, cathedrals are abandoned after religious upheaval. So, what then? In more than a few cases, they’ve been turned into bookstores and libraries.

I’ve seen a couple of these, but a couple are new to me. And all of them are fantastic.


Using the General Services Administration’s estimated annual cost of ink — $467 million — Suvir concluded that if the federal government used Garamond exclusively it could save nearly 30% — or $136 million per year. An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also jumped on board, he reported.

Score a victory for people who care about font-selection.


With Norton, an independent press, the special treatment goes both ways. Lewis says he turned down large advances to remain with his longtime editor, Norton head Starling Lawrence, and for his last two books, he’s taken no book advance at all. “I like the risk,” he says. “Most writers treat their publishers as banks — very expensive banks. Norton is owned by its employees, and I feel sometimes responsible for their financial well-being. When they give me a bunch of money it’s even worse.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and the forthcoming Flash Boys, hasn’t taken advances for his last two books and hands them in only two months before publication. I like his style.


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