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Friday Field Notes 071213


{Brave New World illustration by Finn Dean}

I don’t know about you, but I blinked on Monday and now it’s Friday. How does that happen? I don’t even know. What I do know, I had very little time to read — and that tends to make me a tad disgruntled. So I’ll be working to remedy the issue over the weekend. Needless to say, if you have any suggestions, do let me know.  

In case the week got away from you, as well, here are a few bookish news items that were floating about this past week . . .  

Imagine a place designed to inspire knowledge and conversation. That’s the Long Now Salon:

[We] have designed a salon space that will not only house our prototypes, and a hand curated library, but also serve locally roasted coffee by day, and inspired cocktails by night. The goal is to build a social place to help make long-term thinking more automatic and common rather than difficult and rare.

 Sounds fabulous, no?  You can add to the generous gift from Neil Gaiman to see it accomplished.

Reading Pride and Prejudice can teach us a thing or two about strategic thinking–at least that’s the premise for Michael Chwe’s Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Congratulations to Finn Dean, this year’s winner of the Book Illustration Competition (a partnership between the charity House of Illustration and The Folio Society). His illustrations of Huxley’s Brave New World will be published in September. 

Are you a book fetishist? If you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about, check out The New Yorker’s Internet Book Fetishiss Versus Anti-Fetishists (I’ll admit, I do tend to take issue with book art) 

 Finally, Good Reads explores The Psychology of Abandonment (of books, naturally)  


  1. Omg how cool is Long Now! Now I really wish I lived in SF

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