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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Lament for Borders

I read this piece in the Wall Street Journal and while I no longer have the fight left to bemoan the euthanizing of the world's bookstores* I did feel a brief moment of heartbreak at the hometown connection in the story. Being a graduate of the University of Michigan I used this store often. It was a staple of my college experience, and, being a bibliophile, it had a certain special place in my heart. I don't know if Borders was a badly-run corporation or what, but they employed 5000 people in the town I grew to love and call my own and that is no small thing.

Godspeed Borders, and may that location at the corner of Liberty and Maynard stay classy.

*I'll say only this: I think we will see a resurgence in book-making in our lifetimes. The writing, making, distribution, selling, and reading of books has been the staple of human civilization for at least a millennium, and the willingness of our generation to so readily toss 3/5 of this equation out the window seems short-sighted and terribly arrogant. I think it will come back to bite us in the ass.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Misopogon Talks About Harry Potter

So, not sure whether this is making the rounds or if I'm just really excited to see HP 7 and 1/2, but Mister Booze sent this blog to me about the possible annual tuition at Hogwarts and I thought, "Oh golly, isn't that cute." But the irrepressible Misopogon read this and decided that the author was an idiot and that the question of tuition at Hogwarts warranted about 5K words. This is his response. As always Miso digs deeper than anyone ever thought to go, and comes out with something entertaining, thoughtful, and brilliant.

Scottish Alamo: The Historical and Economic Realities of Harry Potter's World

By Misopogon