Monday, May 02, 2005

Monday links

I’m surprised this news—that Apple stores are banning all books published by the company that’s publishing an unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs--hasn’t provoked more comment. I dislike unauthorized biographies; they strike me as cheap and intrusive. And surely Apple has the right to not stock any title it wants. But to ban everything by the publisher seems hysterical and wrongheaded. (It also seems to bode well for sales of iCon. (Number 131 and rising...)

Here’s a lovely little (belated) Arbor Day gift for you: a Brooklyn artist made necklaces for some lucky trees. Aww.

Frederic Beigbeder’s Windows on the World has won The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (via House of Mirth).

Jenny Davidson, who reads very fast, has a terrific, sparkling quote on reading—and the fear of running out of stuff to read--from (the often terrific & sparkling) Randall Jarrell.

I don’t have high hopes for Arianna Huffington’s blog, though I like—or am amused by?—her. I did, however, like what Nora Ephron said, somewhat dismissively but not entirely inaccurately, about the appeal of blogging (from the Times):
Ms. Ephron, the writer, who is one of the bloggers, said it was this casual aspect of the venture that appealed to her. "The idea that one might occasionally be able to have a small thought and a place to send it, without having to write a whole essay, seems like a very good idea," she said.

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