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Blog posts from January 2008

The Mirth of Comeuppance

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 21, 2008 - 12:02pm

For the past 24 hours I've been chuckling to myself and at myself, ever since I read the article in yesterday's New York Times (no-cost registration required) about the popularity of cell phone novels in Japan/>/>.  Evidently, quite a few young and often first-time authors have taken to writing novels on their cell phones in a style that would make Papa Hemingway proud:  short, pithy sentences, probably influenced more by text messaging than by American expatriates in Paris/>/> Read More »

Not-So-Chilly Philly

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 17, 2008 - 12:08pm

Last weekend I made my third trip to Philadelphia/>/> to attend an ALA/> Midwinter Meeting.  The first Midwinter I attended (early 90's?) in Philly was very snowy, and the second Midwinter (2003) was extremely cold.  (I have a vivid visual memory of watching Jay Jordan stoically traverse an arctic, windswept parking lot near the Convention Center.)  The most recent Midwinter w Read More »

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An Open Letter to the South Bend Tribune

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 10, 2008 - 3:59pm

This sort of snuck up on me, but I'm breaking up with my hometown newspaper. I think this break from my print subscription is rather important, illustrating how the world of news and information is changing.  Read on for the details.


Dear South Bend Tribune:

I received your letter today asking for more information as to why I canceled my subscription last week.  Your letter included a brief questionnaire asking why I stopped the paper and how the customer service was when I called to cancel.  Yes, I called to cancel, because I couldn't find a way to do so online.  You might want to make that an option.
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