“If the marginal cost of producing each additional item falls to essentially nothing, then everything becomes free.” Here‘s a review of Jeremy Rifkin’s The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism.
“With her riveting debut, The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh makes a strong bid at cementing a new tradition of regional crime fiction while keeping tourism low in the Ozarks.” Here.
“Charlie Parker was one of the first deepwater jazz players to seize the public imagination. It may have taken a fateful early death in 1955 to settle his portion of true infamy, but mythic status was then assured.” Here.
“Fourteen ninety-two was also the year Columbus set sail in search of a new route to India. His royal patrons had expelled the Jews, but he took with him a Jewish translator and the navigation guide developed by Abraham Zacuto, a rabbi.” Here‘s a review of Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC – 1492 AD.
“It’s a traditional murder mystery—the gun goes off and the victim falls dead in the first scene,” says Carl Hoffman (Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.) “The twist here is that I suggest who pulled the trigger and then say, well, I’m not sure, though.” Here.
“[John Crowley's] Little, Big is that very rare book that manages to be both immensely imaginative and completely sincere. Despite the sprawling nature of its storyline and themes, it feels surprisingly intimate. It’s about what we believe and what we think we believe; how we love, how we fail ourselves and how we are redeemed.” Here.
“I’m originally from New York City, and I puzzled many of my hometown friends with my choice to move to such a small town. But I find Kalamazoo an ideal place to live and write.” Here.
“The damp practically floats off the pages in [Peter Stark's] Astoria, the sweeping tale of John Jacob Astor’s attempt to settle the remote Pacific Northwest coast in 1810.” Here.
“We need a kind of foreign news that lets the poets, the travel writers, and the novelists impart aspects of their crafts to journalists,” writes Alain de Botton
(The News: A User’s Manual). Here.