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Aug 27

“The reality is, we’re not very good, as a society, at talking about mental health, depression, and suicide. Faced with the chance to discuss the topic, we are all suddenly Bartleby, the Scrivener: “We would prefer not to.” When I was first training to do suicide interventions over the phone at a crisis line, I was amazed to discover that the hardest thing for most people to do in a suicide intervention is to ask clearly and directly, without beating around the bush, “Are you planning to kill yourself?” It was hours of training before most of us could manage to say those words aloud in a simulation, and harder still the first few times we talked to real people on the phone. And in my life as a teacher, I’ve discovered that asking it while making eye contact is even more difficult still. But the silence around depression and suicide — the stigma – only adds to its destructive power.” — from What We Talk About When We Talk About Suicide: Books About Depression by Brenna Clarke Gray

How about a mid-week giveaway?
We’ve got 10 copies of Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier up for grabs.

How about a mid-week giveaway?

We’ve got 10 copies of Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier up for grabs.

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Critical Linking: August 27, 2014 

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

We pared down a list of a million fascinating looking books (Good luck, Christian Rudder’s Dataclysm. Better list next time, Christos Tsiolkas’s well received Barracuda. I see you, Charles Burns’Sugar Skull) to a workable group of 25 of the fall season’s must-reads. Add them to your list, and dominate cocktail parties all season long.

As with all lists of “must-read” books, substitute “pretty darn good.” Still, looks like another fall full of interesting books.

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The Delaware law raises the complexities of how to deal with the accounts that house our e-book collections, music and video libraries, or even game purchases, and whether they can be transferred to friends and family after death. The bill broadly states that digital assets include not only emails and social media content, but also “data … audio, video, images, sounds … computer source codes, computer programs, software, software licenses.” However, the law says that these digital assets are controllable by the deceased’s trustees only to the extent allowed by the original service’s end user license agreement, or EULA.

Man, the internet causes some weird problems.

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The institution has decided to completely forego stocking its library with paper books and will instead rely solely on e-books, which its 550 students (the school is so new, it’s not even licensed yet) can browse on tablets, laptops or e-readers. Now, here’s the kicker: the students can browse any book they want using the school’s proprietary software, but they can access it for free only once — the second time someone clicks on it, he/she ends up purchasing it for the whole school. In fact, the university has set aside $60,000 for e-book purchases, leaving the library’s catalog in its student body’s hands.

Whoa, Florida Polytechnic. That is next-level.

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Therefore even allowing for margins of error, it seems unlikely – based on Chitika’s data and the ComScore data – that there were more than about 35,000 Fire Phones in use after those 20 days.

If Amazon really has only sold 35,000 Fire Phones, that’s an enormous flop.

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Aug 26

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Dear Book Nerd Episode #17: Real Talk About Librarians, Book Banning, and YA - BOOK RIOT -

Get your listening on with the latest episode of Dear Book Nerd. This week’s special guest is author Matt de la Pena.

What I’m trying to say is, teaching what I love wasn’t the dream I thought it would be. I learned to come down to the level of reality when necessary, and navigate the different spheres of my life according to my responsibilities. Even at my most frustrated moment, though, my love of reading never waned. And now that I’m fortunate enough to have time to read each day (without it being the middle of the night), my joy has only increased with the contemporary writers whom I’ve finally discovered for myself.

So even if you don’t become an English teacher, you can still teach literature by bombarding friends and family with your thoughts on the books you love and authors you admire. You can start a bookish blog or write for one. You can write your own novels. You can do whatever you want. As long as you keep reading.

” — from The Joys and Sorrows of Teaching Literature by Rachel Cordasco

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Riot Recommendation: Romances Based On Misunderstandings - BOOK RIOT -

We want to know what your favorite romances based on misunderstandings are. Come tell us, and we’ll round them up in a big book list for you next week.

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