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More on Change and Pause Last week my 90 year old mother had to go to the hospital for some tests. She is fine now, but driving over to drop her off and pick her up, I had plenty of time to listen to the radio. As it happened I was on my local news […]


The Black Swan My men’s non-fiction reading group is currently reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan — a book I find fascinating and deeply annoying. This blog is not about the book itself, though, but rather one line in it. Taleb says in passing, "the world has changed too fast for our genetic makeup." […]

The Stuttering Start

The Different Cycles of Books Please forgive the following clutter of names and dates — there is a method to this madness: I got an email yesterday from a game but harried marketing person for a children’s publisher. We’d met in Texas at TLA, and while she’d recently been on the run to IRA and […]

Digital Questionmarks

The Splintering I met up with a friend who edits up-scale cookbooks by brand name authors. The way she sees her world helped me to understand ours. Her main customer, she has come to understand, is a 49 year old woman who wants a beautiful book. The price is not a concern, and, in reverse, getting […]

TL Café: Barb Stripling on the Common Core Standards

Don’t miss our next TLCafé Webinar event tomorrow night! The details: May, 3rd 8pm EST Guests: Barbara Stripling, Dir. of Library Services – NYC Dept. of Ed. Hosts: Ernie Cox & Brenda Anderson and Gwyneth Jones Enter Webinar Room The description: The most recent draft of the  Common Core Standards were released in March 2010 […]