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Winding Up and Going No Where

Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl is a bleak and depressing story set in a future run by calorie monopolies, where genetically modified products and manufactured foodborn plagues have wiped out the food chains, wars are waged for precious seeds, and … Continue reading

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Climate Change Changes Everything

I read with some interest last year when the blogging platform Medium announced that it was relaunching Matter, the long-form journalism publication it had acquired the previous year. Matter was founded by Jim Giles (formerly of Nature, The Atlantic, The … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

For the last several summers, I’ve selected to return to the work of a favorite writer or two. Last year it was Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Edith Wharton. I once again read The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome … Continue reading

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Turning Water into Wine

Late last night I finished reading Timothy Egan’s The Winemaker’s Daughter. This debut novel tells the story of Brunella Cartolano, an architect who works to save the family vineyards in the arid wine country east of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. The … Continue reading

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Less Ink

I’ve written before about the ways in which e-readers and e-publications are changing how we read and noted I have mixed feelings about this trend toward less real world print (see here, here, here and here for instance). There is little doubt that the trend is moving … Continue reading

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Book ’em

I’ve spent the better part of my life reading and thinking about books. Lately that thinking and reading has turned more to the contemporary nature of books and reading. As I’ve noted elsewhere, I have mixed feelings about the move … Continue reading

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More Readers, More Reading

Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director of Digital Book World, asks in “Will More People Read Books Because of E-Books? Publishers Not So Optimistic,” As more people buy e-readers and tablet computer sales continue to grow, will more people read books than … Continue reading

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