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Cultural feedback mixes at the ICA at MECA

If you can't find the link between the print archive Whole Earth Catalog exhibit and Michael Bell-Smith's installation of tech art, update your browser (haw!).
‘Played simultaneously’
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 03, 2012
september 11 monkey

Whatever happened to Danville's giant mystery monkey?

The giant monkey of Danville was my symbol, back then, of the fin-de-siècle nadir in media fluffery, thankfully obsolesced in one grim morning.
Unfinished (monkey) business
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 05, 2011

Will Kindles kill libraries?

This week, OverDrive itself will host its own conference to help libraries deal with a massive onslaught of patrons clamoring to check out books on their Kindles. Can embattled public institutions handle such a drastic change?
In this corner: libraries struggling to bring in patrons. In the other: Kindles looking to expand their market. Will it be a bloodbath, or can they hug it out?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 29, 2011

Does this book make me look smart?

The first and only complete passage of Infinite Jest Chris Braiotta ever read was tattooed on somebody's calf.
Somervillian mocks the cult of David Foster Wallace with Tumblr-tastic 'People Holding Infinite Jest'
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 15, 2011
Mr. Awesome

Mr. Awesome

London-based Hamilton Richardson is the most undeservedly overlooked voice in the field of literary criticism. Though his work is spare -- only seven reviews to...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  March 10, 2011

VHS is the new vinyl

I was a VHS addict. In the '80s and '90s, I practically lived at the video store, renting every movie I could get my hands on. As my obsession with movies grew, renting was not enough; they needed to be mine. I amassed a few hundred videocassettes, and
I thought video was a dead medium — until I discovered the analog underworld of VHS snobs
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  January 28, 2011

50% Off Amazon, 75% Off Guilt

50% Off Amazon, 75% Off Guilt

Living Social is offering a heckuva deal: a $20 Amazon gift certificate for $10.   Of course, you'll have to spend another $5 to qualify...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  January 19, 2011

Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010
Major Update On How You'll Be Reading In The Future

Major Update On How You'll Be Reading In The Future

 In recent months the Phoenix has extensively covered major shifts in the literary marketplace - first in "Holy Scrollers!" (about trend-setting e-Bibles), and soon after...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 20, 2010

Review: Secrets Of The Tribe

The tribe of the title, as José Padilha’s deft and outrageous documentary makes clear, are not the Stone Age Yanomami people of the Amazon but the anthropologists themselves.
 Their secrets are indeed disturbing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010

Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Amazon, Macmillan throw elbows over e-book prices

Amazon, Macmillan throw elbows over e-book prices

One of the Macmillan titles pulled from  Right on the heels of Steve Jobs promising to change the way geeks read forever and ever,...
By webteam  |  February 06, 2010