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Paul (6 Dec 2005 18:25): I was in the library, and remembered that I've liked other books by Vonnegut, so I got Breakfast of Champions. It is insightful and surreal and I highly recommend it. The author even comes onstage and interacts with the characters right in the middle of the book(!)
m (6 Dec 2005 21:54): Breakfast of Champions makes me think of the penny-arcade Strawberry Shortcake debacle.
Grant (7 Dec 2005 16:43): I just read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, or something like that. I thought it was only okay. It was short, though, I guess.
R (23 May 2007 23:40): Last week, I saw Miranda July read from her collection of shorts, No One Belongs Here More Than You. The link is for the book's website, which is a fairly good representation of her style. There is a small video sample of the event on youtube.
R (24 May 2007 3:13): Also, a link to the first story in NOBHMTY - The Shared Patio

"Are you angry? Punch a pillow. Was it satisfying? Not hardly. These days people are too angry for punching. What you might try is stabbing. Take an old pillow and lay it on the front lawn. Stab it with a big pointy knife. Again and again and again. Stab hard enough for the point of the knife to go into the ground. Stab until the pillow is gone and you are just stabbing the Earth, again and again, as if you want to kill it for continuing to spin, as if you are getting revenge for having to live on this planet, day after day, alone."
p (24 May 2007 16:53): (working form of link: The Shared Patio)
m (21 Oct 2014 21:41): From MobyLives:
So did Amazon finally blink? Did it simply give [Simon & Schuster] a reasonable deal?
It should be noted that not many think this is possible. Amazon has always seemed like a company with no eyelids.
R (24 Oct 2014 14:45): As mentioned on MobyLives, Amazon announced serious losses yesterday, in large part due to the abject failure of the Fire phone.
m (6 Nov 2014 21:57): Holy shit, it's Sexy Bezos!
m (14 Nov 2014 14:35): Cory Doctorow describing what we know of the Amazon-Hachette deal summarizes the initial conflict in a way I hadn't seen and quite like:

Basically, Amazon wanted Hachette to charge less for ebooks (so they could sell more Kindles, which lock customers into an Amazon digital ecosystem through which the company believes it will profit in the long-term). Hachette wanted to charge more for frontlist titles so they wouldn't displace hardcover sales during the initial sales window.