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Jhumpa Lahiri: Gogol in the Namesake

January 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Ever since I read the Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, I have been wondering why she chose the name “Gogol” for her main character. I found the answer today in an interview which is quite interesting in and of itself: Interview: Jhumpa Lahiri Speaks on “The Namesake”

The original spark of the book was the fact that [...]

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How to Convince an Agnostic – from

January 7th, 2007 · No Comments

The Economist list of the top books of the year 2006 is interesting in itself, but what really got my gut was the following description of Richard Dawkins‘ latest book, “The God Delusion,” — as a wavering agnostic myself, maybe I should grab the book, and give it a half-chance of swaying me either way. [...]

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BookSwim: NetFlix for Books

January 4th, 2007 · 4 Comments

BookSwim promises an online book rental service that works like Netflix does. I am wondering if it will get off the ground, as much as whether it will be successful.

Books have a much lesser audience these days
There are a lot more books than Movies released every year
Readers have pretty specific tastes, especially when it comes [...]

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The Pleasure of a Long Hunt

January 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Through Anil Dash, I ended up on this post at about a John Adams quote, the original version of which seems to be:
The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in [...]

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Google book-scanning – Keep Your Hands Off OUR Content

December 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Heartening news from Yahoo: Google book-scanning efforts spark debate – Yahoo! News
A splinter group called the Open Content Alliance favors a less restrictive approach to prevent mankind’s accumulated knowledge from being controlled by a commercial entity, even if it’s a company like Google that has embraced “Don’t Be Evil” as its creed.

The organization will be [...]

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DC Comics – Vertigo First issue pdfs now set free

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments

DC Comics
Now you can read the full first issues of the many Vertigo series that revolutionized comics! Follow the links below to download a PDF version of the first issue of these classic Vertigo series now collected in graphic novel form. When you visit the Graphic Novels section of, any graphic novel titles with [...]

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Getting to Grips with Latex – Latex Tutorials by Andrew Roberts

December 8th, 2006 · No Comments

I am in love with LaTeX, the intelligent text formatter. Someday I will write a book with LaTeX. For that day, then, I save the following resource:
Getting to Grips with Latex – Latex Tutorials by Andrew Roberts @ School of Computing, University of Leeds

I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, but I’m learning all the time. [...]

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100 Notable Books of the Year – The New York Times Book Review – New York Times

December 7th, 2006 · No Comments

Trying to find that elusive book to gift someone or treat yourself? Pick one that is new, released this past year. The following link also has links to notable books from each of the pst 4-5 years.

100 Notable Books of the Year – The New York Times Book Review – New York Times
The Book Review [...]

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