1. The weirdest idea anyone ever had about the future is that we should expect it to look like the past.

  2. [I]f achievement is mostly a product of demography, why should a teacher be held responsible for large societal forces like poverty and inequality?

    What “no excuses” reformers get wrong about education

    Dana Goldstein’s excellent The Teacher Wars offers some useful lessons for those who want to transcend an age-old policy dispute



  4. Libraries are actually an invaluable public and social resource that provide so much more than simple shelves of books… A world without public libraries is a grim one indeed, and the assault on public libraries should be viewed as alarming.

    What the “death of the library” means for the future of books

    These are things that cannot be replaced by mere technology — not even a fully-loaded Kindle Fire



  6. 22 books to read in 2014

    A roundup of notable books slated for release in 2014, including new works by David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, Herman Koch, Rebecca Mead, and more



  8. Could your Tumblr win a book deal? 

    The book publishing industry, a notorious slouch when it comes to emerging trends on the internet, is not going to let this Tumblr thing come and go without earning a buck or two. 


  9. This week I learned…there’s a fat camp for zoo elephants, doves aren’t particularly peaceful birds, and more.

    Read more about these subjects here.

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  10. I found the Brie and broke off a fragment, sucking her nipple through it.

    Jonathan Grimod’s The Last Banquet, a finalist for 2013’s Bad Sex Award.

    All hail the Bad Sex Awards, the world’s best literary prize


  11. In 1995, at the age of 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a major stroke and slipped into a coma. He regained consciousness two days later, but his entire body — with the exception of his left eyelid — was paralyzed.

    Still, Bauby was determined to write. Using only his lucid mind and one eye, he began working on his memoir, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Each night, he’d lie awake editing and re-editing the story in his mind, memorizing every paragraph as he hoped to relay it. By day, his transcriber would recite the alphabet to him over and over. When she reached a letter Bauby desired, he’d wink. Each word took about two minutes to produce, and during the course of a year, Bauby managed to tell his story of life in paralysis. His moving and often funny prose won critical acclaim, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly became a bestseller throughout Europe.

    10 works of literature that were exceptionally hard to write


  12. The Moral Sayings of Publius Cyrus

    "A Syrian slave, Syrus is a full of timeless wisdom. Want an example? "From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own." Here is another: "It is not every question that deserves an answer." Ok, one more? "To do two things at once is to do neither." And he didn’t even know of Facebook and Twitter. You can read this book in under an hour but spend the rest of your life trying to learn and apply his wisdom."

    5 books to read before your 30th birthday


  13. I always have to know my characters in a lot of depth — what clothes they’d choose, what they were like at school, etc. And I know what happened before and what will happen after the part of their lives I’m dealing with. I can’t see them just now, packed into the stress of the moment.