The New York Public Library holds a public forum to discuss the Mid-Manhattan and 42nd Street Library renovation projects

The New York Public Library held a public forum last night to discuss the renovation plans for the Mid-Manhattan and 42nd Street Libraries. As the controversial Central Library Plan wasRead more »

Barnes & Noble’s new bags are a small, beautiful, very small step in the right direction

Last month, Barnes & Noble unveiled its newest attempt at revitalizing its flailing brand: a shopping bag. According to Bloomberg, the bags debuted in New York and will be makingRead more »

Anarchist publisher AK Press looking for help after a major fire

Over the weekend, two buildings in Oakland, CA suffered a devastating fire, which killed two people and seriously damaged radical publisher AK Press. Sam Lefebvre reports for the East BayRead more »

Two For Tuesday: Are Corporations Totally Awesome At Everything?

Topics discussed: airports, music that inspired airports but that’s not necessarily for airports, big corporations, bigger corporations, Google, Google Translate, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Laundry, The Internship, The Interview,Read more »

Robert Durst can’t stop writing

(Note: Spoilers for the HBO miniseries The Jinx follow.) Robert Durst’s first wife, Kathleen, disappeared. Decades later, his good friend Susan Berman was murdered in Los Angeles. Soon after, in Galveston,Read more »

FAA gives Amazon permission to test publicity stunt

Yesterday, the FAA gave Amazon permission to test delivery drones that “that the company will use for research and development and crew training.” Amazon drones aren’t imminent, however—no, that isn’tRead more »

Did Ronald Reagan hate reading?

The CIA, like other intelligence communities around the world, has long formulated psychological and political profiles of world leaders in order to prepare Presidents for meetings and foreign affairs decisions.Read more »

The Art of the Novella challenge 17 & 18: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

Title: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald First published: 1922 Page count: 84 First line: John T. Unger came from a family that had beenRead more »