|—||from Accidentally Going Digital by Peter Damien|
These three books are going to ruin your summer vacation. Here’s why.
|—||from How To Choose a Book As a Traveling Companion by E.H. Kern|
Teen: I got kicked out of school. Again.
Jerry: Why do you think you keep getting kicked out?
Teen: Dunno. Everything mostly sucks. People suck. Life kind of sucks.
Jerry: Why did you get kicked out this time?
Teen: (shrugs) Grades, or something, I don’t know.
Jerry: Is it true that after you got kicked out, you were drinking, cavorting with older women, and you tried to hire a prostitute?
Teen: Yeah. They serve me at bars. I think it’s on account of my gray hair.
What if literary classics were reimagined as episodes of Jerry Springer? Could you guess these books from what they’d look like on Jerry? Give it a shot.
Which of these books about smart people should you buy, borrow, or bypass? Bonus: which is best on audio? We’ve got the verdict.
The average person spends about 30 minutes in the bathroom every day, and according to a recent survey, 75% of Americans are using their cell phones in the bathroom, whether they are reading an email, text, or using an app. Additionally, 24% admitted that they will not go to the bathroom without it. So what exactly is everyone reading these days? Check out our awesome infographic about bathroom reading and see for yourself!
Craziest stat on this infographic about toilet reading: 86% of men say the toilet is the place they do most of their reading. This…*lowers sunglasses* bowled me over.
TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services.
Will an algorithm ever compete with human book recommendations? I doubt it.
The Department of Labor, begrudgingly founded by William Howard Taft on the last day of his presidency, turned 100 last year and celebrated by compiling a reading list of “Books That Shaped Work in America.” Among the books recommended by journalists, authors, employees of the DOL (including the current Secretary of Labor,Thomas Perez) and regular readers isHerman Melville’s classic novella of not laboring, Bartleby the Scrivener
Makes me want to make a list of classic texts about not-working, perhaps The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, and The Great Gatsby.
We’re hitting the streets of Seattle in this week’s edition of Literary Tourism. Here’s how to travel the Emerald City bookish style.