"You should only do it because you love it." Five things for February 29, 2024.
Meanwhile, libraries have generally proven reluctant to use their power to shape the demand curve and shift digital budgets away from expensive Big 5 bestsellers, even when it means sacrificing diversity and depth in their own digital collections.
"One of the few book-related things I’d save in a fire." Five Things: January 4, 2024.
"Comixology was temporary pain relief, never the cure." Five Things: December 14, 2023.
It's an unfortunate truth about books that it's never simply been about being a good writer, but as literal thousands of new books are published every month, marketability is arguably more important — and harder to define — than it's ever been.
I don't usually buy into "blame the user" for most problems, but our collective addiction to vanity metrics ruined everything, and even those who didn't buy into them have suffered the consequences. The problem exists between keyboard and chair.
"I'd pay good money to hear the whisper networks' take on that." Five things for November 30, 2023.
Much like the lack of flying cars and personal jetpacks, the internet in 2023 is a major disappointment.
"Be the change you want to see." Five things for April 27, 2023. That's it! That's the excerpt.
Whether it's the outright banning of individual journalists he doesn't like, or the recent mis-labeling of NPR's account, Twitter has become an even more dangerous platform for spreading misinformation under Musk — a comically dystopian combination of The New York Times and Truth Social.