“Up until my stroke, I used a typewriter. An IBM Selectric. Never a computer. A computer’s a typewriter. Why would I need another typewriter? I have one.”—Ray Bradbury in his delightfully curmudgeonly interview with The Paris Review from 2010 (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
“Every time I read an article about conservatives being “pro- life” I am reminded of my brother who died of ALS at the age of 47. He spent the last 6 years of his life in nursing homes where the care, supervision and meals were abysmal. One of his former roommates was smoking a cigarette, fell asleep and burned to death because his diaper caught fire. Another roommate went home for the weekend to visit his mother and committed suicide in the garage of her home so that he wouldn’t have to return to the nursing home. I have to say that in all the years my brother was there I never once saw a group of conservatives out in front of the building shouting slogans about the sanctity of life and how all lives - no matter what age - are meaningful. I never once saw a group of evangelicals visiting with patients, pushing wheelchairs, or feeding the elderly residents. There were no Rick Santorums advocating on behalf of my brother who several years before had been a pro golfer and was still the father of two adorable young boys. When conservatives and evangelicals understand that ALL life really is sacred, including that of the elderly, the permanently disabled, the terminally ill, and the women and children who accidentally get bombed in the course of a war, then maybe I’ll listen to their opinions on contraceptives and/or abortion. For now, however, this is really just a politically heated argument about women’s reproductive rights and who gets to control those rights.”—The ‘Safe, Legal, Rare’ Illusion - NYTimes.com (via ronstormer)
“…I don’t need a body guard, I don’t have an assistant, I have no need for a P.R. team to tell me what to tweet or when to delete tweets… And I don’t hit women. Period. You don’t hit women. In my world, women are to be revered and respected. And in this life, I firmly believe there are consequences and repercussions for people’s actions and I don’t think Chris has paid for what he’s done. Picking up trash on the side of a highway does not make amends for repeatedly striking a woman in her face and sending her to a hospital. Now Chris wants to throw stones my way. And that’s fine. But put some gloves on and get in the ring. I will choke you out, and I will make you feel as weak and powerless and scared and alone as any woman that has had the misfortune of knowing a sad, cowardly little boy such as yourself…”—CM Punk on his “Twitter War” with Chris Brown (via laurpop44)
However, like most booksellers I also have a list of books that I don’t recommend very often, mostly because people rarely ask for recommendations that can be answered by their existence. These are books that I always keep on the shelf at the store, even if they don’t sell for months and months. (Can’t wait for my boss to read this. Hi C!) I rarely sell more than a couple copies a year, but each feels like a personal triumph.
Google is currently making a pair of glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyes in real time. According to several Google employees familiar with the project, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year.