Librarians Against Little Free Libraries: Critical Linking, May 4, 2017

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This kind of “branded philanthropy” serves as a vehicle for virtue-signaling by the homeowners who install Little Free Libraries in their front yards, Schmidt and Hale say. They’re particularly ubiquitous in hyper-educated, affluent, crunchy blue enclaves across the country—your Ithacas, Berkeleys, and Takoma Parks, where residents tend to wear their shabby progressivism on their sleeves.

LFLs do have an air of virtue signaling, but the two people I know personally who have them had them set up in urban, diverse neighborhoods. I’d like to see a wider study.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Kenneth Branagh

First look at the new Murder on the Orient Express adaptation over at Entertainment Weekly!

Ostensibly a business guide for women, Women Who Work is a long simper of a book, full of advice so anodyne (“I believe that we each get one life and it’s up to us to live it to the fullest”), you could almost scramble the sentences and come out with something just as coherent. In spite of this formlessness, there are distinct, revealing moments here.

I’m obviously not reading Ivanka Trump’s book, but I’m definitely hate-reading reviews of it.

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