Warwick Report exposes systematic divides in UK culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Unsurprisingly from the country that gave the world the concept of philistinism, the 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and [...]

UK Arts Council launches new advocacy magazine for arts

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Perhaps mindful of some of the current UK government’s attitude towards the arts and creative disciplines, the Arts Council of England, the country’s top creative and arts funding body, [...]

French government’s cultural pretensions exploded by ministerial gaffe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 31, 2014 // 2 Comments

France can be proud that one of its best veteran writers, Patrick Modiano, has lived up to its great literary and intellectual traditions by winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. It can be far [...]

What is Faber’s new division supposed to do? And is digital the savior of high culture?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to a report in The Bookseller, Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital, has been tasked to form a new division of Faber and Faber, Faber Press, with the goal of creating a new kind of business [...]

Step up now to save Blake’s Cottage

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2014 // 3 Comments

William Blake is not only one of England’s most celebrated and beloved literary and artistic sons worldwide, he is also author of what has become the unofficial English national anthem, [...]

Sajid Javid appointment two cheers for UK culture?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

The exit of Maria Miller, former UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, over inflated expenses claims, and her replacement by Sajiv Javid, who becomes the first “the first Asian [...]

Paper books vs. e-books and the clash of bookstore cultures

By libertyc
June 30, 2013 // 10 Comments

Salon Magazine’s culture editor Anna North recently posted an article about how much she “hates books.” Not the collections of words—she loves reading—but the physical artifacts that have [...]

Small Demons builds concordance to aid book discovery

By libertyc
November 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

I ran across another one of those guest posts on Publishing Perspectives where the founder of a publishing-related business is invited to talk about the idea behind that business. This one seems to [...]

Interview: “The Social Context of Reading: Five Questions for Bob Stein”

By libertyc
August 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

From an Interview by Buzz Poole (via Imprint) I first learned about The Institute for the Future of the Book while working on a magazine assignment that eventually became this piece for The Millions. [...]

“Ereaders ruined my love life!”

By Chris Walters
July 5, 2011 // 3 Comments

Lisa Lewis’ post in The New York Times’ City Room blog yesterday brought up a familiar complaint about the social aspect of ereaders—namely, that there isn’t much of one, unless [...]

Enhanced ebooks and the death of imagination

By libertyc
June 1, 2010 // 11 Comments

Enhanced ebooks, TV, videos, video games all share a common feature — they stifle imagination and creativity. Enhanced ebooks have a proper role to play in educating people, but perhaps not in [...]

Lunar Conspiracies and This Old BBS: Ancient Files Equals Good Reading!

By libertyc
May 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

For those of us who’ve been around the Internet for quite a while, are you starting to feel old yet? From BBS’s on a slowwww dial-up modem to the hyper-crazed, graphics-intensive, [...]

Paleo E-books: Animé fanfic and Undocumented Features

By libertyc
April 29, 2009 // 5 Comments

This series, “Paleo E-books,” looks at groups who were writing Internet literature in the late 1980s and early 1990s—well before most people had any idea what an “e-book” was. Prior [...]

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