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Thursday News: A battle over the Anarchist Cookbook, return of The...

“Powell, meanwhile, has apologized for the destructive cultural force that bears his name, and posted an eight-paragraph warning to would-be buyers on the book’s Amazon page. But Powell has no say: the rights belong to the publisher and always have — and the publisher has never wavered in his commitment to selling.” NBC News

“The announcement comes after a long debate over Larsson’s estate. He and his partner, Eva Gabrielsson, were together for more than 30 years. When he died of a heart attack in 2004, he had no official will — and under Swedish law, his entire estate went to his brother and father. Gabrielsson was entitled to nothing.” Los Angeles Times

“The Romance Project is just one of nearly 100 programs targeted by Coburn’s report, which also includes a documentary on superheroes, promotion of a Green Ninja character to educate children about climate change, and a zombie-themed video game for math education. Coburn’s paper calls into question nearly $30 billion in federal spending that some would argue would have been better spent elsewhere.” Yahoo News

“Indeed, Mr. Zimmerman earns traffic so reliably that its tempting to dismiss him as an automaton who simply posts every sensational news story that comes along, or as a mere “aggregator” who doesnt contribute anything original to journalism. But that take misses Mr. Zimmerman’s skill. He posts only about a dozen items a day. Almost every one becomes a big traffic hit—an astonishing rate of success. I’ve worked on the Web for years, and I still have trouble predicting which of my stories will be hits and which will appeal only to my mom. Mr. Zimmerman has somehow cracked the code.

His secret, he says, is a deep connection to his audiences evolving, irreducibly human, primal sensibilities. Usually within a few seconds of seeing an item, Mr. Zimmerman can sense whether its destined to become a viral story. ‘I guess you could call it intuition,’ he says.” Wall Street Journal

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  1. Christine
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 09:13:22

    The Anarchist’s Cookbook is an interesting issue. Many years ago when I worked in a chain bookstore it was on the list of books that must be kept in stock along with classic novels etc. My opinion was if we had to keep the Playboy and the High Times magazines where kids couldn’t buy them at will the Anarchist’s Cookbook should rate the same caution. I didn’t want to be the person who sold the 12 year old boy the means to blow his hand off (I wasn’t worried about school shootings or bombings back then- just mischief and carelessness). The people in charge didn’t agree- it was put out on the shelf for all and sundry but anyone who wanted to look at pictures of people smoking joints were carded and handed a sealed plastic bag from under the register counter.
    I suppose today with the internet, adults and kids can find all the information in the Anarchist’s Cookbook and more with little trouble but I always thought it was interesting what was considered “forbidden” information (event the cover of Playboy and High Times had to be hidden under the counter) and what was considered good for all.

  2. hapax
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:33:19

    @Christine: At about the same time you were working at that bookstore (I would suspect, anyway), I was working at a library that kept certain books in “the vault” — a locked safe, to which only the Director had the combination.

    Most of them were rare, valuable, and/or fragile books, but there were two that I recall were kept there only because there was such a high incidence of theft: Abbie Hoffman’s STEAL THIS BOOK and, of course, THE ANARCHIST’S COOKBOOK.

  3. Lada
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 11:55:06

    I admit to being torn about the Romance Project. I’ve checked it out and am still unclear as to their ultimate goal. They assert to a broader inclusion of how popular romance is portrayed in everything from film and song to comics and fan fic but the focus is clearly on romance novels. As far as I can tell, it’s a romance blog site that has funding to make a movie. What’s the point? People who bash or misunderstand romance novels aren’t the ones who will visit the site or see the movie.

    And sites like DA are already regularly following international romance trends. Jane, did you know there was funding for that?

  4. Sunita
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 13:08:13

    @Lada: Here’s an earlier DA discussion about the Popular Romance project, written up by Jane when they had a kickstarter going (I believe the kickstarter met its goal).

    More generally, Tom Coburn is going after anything in the social sciences and humanities that he thinks is not science-y enough. He’s already succeeded in getting Congress to pass laws restricting the political science program (to the extent that basic data collection about US political attitudes and behavior has been suspended). He’s not done yet.

  5. Lada
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 15:55:22

    @Sunita: Thanks for the links. I remember reading that previous post but didn’t connect the dots.

  6. MD
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 18:59:07

    @Sunita: even more generally, Coburn is going after anything that does not fit his concept of “science” on ideological grounds. I am a computer scientist, and for the last two years there has been at least one project marked each year which I know closely. Both times there was good, solid science coming out, and practical applications, too. But one year the issue was that the science was concerned with detection of double entendre (clearly, any mention of sex is a no-no, even if the goal is to not accidentally put wrong things into translations, or in front of kids); the second time it involved computer science application to law training (because, again, lawyers are evil, and we don’t need better trained ones especially in constitutional law). I can easily name a few projects where money was spent much less effectively, but since they don’t have such “dangerous” keywords, they fly under his radar.

  7. Janine
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 20:09:25

    What a shame the tattooed librarian calendar is sold out…

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