You park your car in the parking garage below your office. As you prepare to exit your car and head upstairs to work, you look at the car on your left. Inside are two men dressed in dark suits, wearing sunglasses. They simultaneously look at you and meet your gaze. The one closest to you [...]
Editorial Inspirations Blog
From the first word to well beyond the end.
“Buying from independents is in our own best interest. It assures that no one large entity will control what’s available to us as readers. Freedom–and it does come down to this–is all about choice.” –Author William Kent Krueger in a blog post titled “Together, We Can Save the Independent Bookstores”
“Usually, if I choose the store over the online purchase, it’s because I have a second motive—something beyond the quick, easy transaction. Even the very best and most creative booksellers face a huge hurdle if each customer must be lured in via the literary version of bread and circuses. . . . I like the [...]
“Relationships with books actually have some pretty compelling advantages over relationships with men. With books, it’s always your choice if the liaison ends prematurely. You don’t have to worry about the awkwardness of trying to avoid your discarded book should you bump into it in the grocery store. You can tell it, “It’s not you, [...]
“This week I have been reminded time and again of the experience that literature brings to life. You would think that in this 11th hour of holiday hubbub, shoppers would be frantic to buy whatever books remain on the shelf. But no, the readers who are giving books as gifts are very particular about the [...]
We don’t want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let’s mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that’s just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up [...]
We need to have literature in translation because we need the widest possible diversity of work available for people to fall in love with…. We consume delicious foods from around the world. Why shouldn’t we consume delicious literature from around the world? –Alane Salierno Mason, senior editor at W.W. Norton and founder of Words Without [...]
“Predatory pricing is a means of driving other booksellers out of business. When this happens, the choice of books is one of the first things to suffer. Some readers think that if their favorite store closes they can always buy the book they want somewhere else. But that’s a dangerous delusion–the books they want may [...]
“More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always been a window to a larger world–a place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward. . . . “Libraries remind us that truth isn’t about who yells the loudest, but who [...]
“Books, inherently, require faith. Faith in an author that he or she will reward the many hours you’ll spend in those pages, faith that a good story will be told, a lesson will be learned, a light will be shone upon a dim corner of the world. If you’re reading this magazine, with its vast [...]
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