DOG-EARED & DISPATCHED: September 21, 2014
This week we consider the Millenials’ historically unique relationship with libraries, Banned Books Week (an annual event celebrating the freedom to read!) and this year’s focus on graphic novels & comics, and one man’s search for the truth behind the domain name fuckamazon.com. As always, we close out with footnotes, because who doesn’t love footnotes? I mean, seriously. Are you ready? Well, then, let’s start reading . . .
Millenials could be theeverywhere! A Pew Research Center Internet Project report shows that people aged 16-29 reported using a library or bookmobile in the last year, compared to 47% of people aged 30 and over. Oddly, the report also found that Millenials felt less knowledgeable about the services libraries offer than their elders. Claire Daniel of Galleycat has more of the details here.
Young readers still heading to Libraries | photo from)
Banned Books Week kicks off Monday the 21st. This years festival is focusing on graphic novels and comics. “[Comics are] uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of the medium’s visual nature and because comics still carry a stigma of being low-value speech.”the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s executive director Charles Brownstein told The Guardian in their article on the event last week. “Some challenges are brought against comics because a single page or panel can be taken out of context, while others come under attack because of the mistaken notion that all comics are for children.”
Jeff Smith’s comic Bones was the tenth most banned book in 2013 | The Guardian)
Earlier this month Alex Shepherd, Melville House’s director of media, found himself wondering if the domain name fuckamazon.com was available for purchase. Shepherd did a little digging and learned that a. the domain name is not available and b. Amazon itself owns the domain! Yeah, of course they do. Amazon’s companies & subsidiaries include Zappos, Podbean, Audible.com, Goodreads, ComiXology, IMDb, Abe Books, and Diapers.com. Amazon also owns other self-referential domain names. The most interesting, according to Shepherd? www.boycottamazon.com
1. The National Book Awards Fiction long list has been announced.
2. Doctor Who’s Matt Smith has been cast in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
3. Wordstock is now being run by Literary Arts, a Portland-based literary not-for-profit, in November 2015.
4. UK Publishers have called for an antitrust inquiry into Amazon.
5. Hilary Mantel can’t seem to resist incendiary statements about British political figures.
6. Speaking of graphic novels, Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library has been illustrated and translated into English for the first time.
7. Find out what a murder of crows and a parliament of owls have in common.