"I'd pay good money to hear the whisper networks' take on that." Five things for November 30, 2023.
"The other half of you are absolutely deluded." Five things for October 26, 2023.
"On book bans, Google Fusion, car-free cities, cars as spyware, and a podcast recommendation." Five things for September 21, 2023.
"On KKR and publishing, book bans' human cost, more World Cup, and becoming a Trekkie." Five things for August 17, 2023.
"I’m so worn down by it all right now." Five things for June 22, 2023. That's it! That's the excerpt.
"Let it die." Five things for June 8, 2023. That's it! That's the excerpt.
"The social contract is broken." Five things for May 25, 2023. That's it! That's the excerpt.
"A new economic engine for culture." Five things for March 30, 2023. That's it! That's the excerpt.
It's truly amazing how publishers who routinely claim, "We love libraries!" every summer at ALA Annual — the conference many of them hope will replace their own failed Book Expo America — find it so much easier to fight those same libraries in court, on multiple fronts, rather than figuring out how to come to the table and negotiate in good faith with such a critical partner.
This time around, we skipped the origin story and jumped right into things. Epp let me rattle on about Comics Plus (aka the day job), Panorama Project and libraries, DOJ vs. PRH, and Twitter — and then cleaned it all up so I sound reasonably coherent. It's also on video this time, which caught me by surprise as you may be able to tell from the hat I'm wearing — I was a couple of weeks overdue for a haircut!