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James Patterson is pissed: Calls out Obama for book support November 27, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy, Video

“There’s a book burning going on in America, You’re invited. Especially the kids. You see they’re shutting down your local bookstores. Shutting down libraries. Publishers are dying. American literature will be next on the flames.” James Patterson is on the loose. After throwing money at it (pledging over $1.5 million to bookshops in America and the UK) Patterson is now throwing books on the fire to wake up the the government and promote his #SaveOurBooks campaign. Patterson…

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A Kickstarter Tragedy: ‘sad pictures for children’ goes up in flames March 5, 2014 – Posted in: books, Comics / Cartoons

It started innocently enough. In May, 2012 Comic artist John Campbell took to the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter to fund a book based on his internet comic. It was to be called sad pictures of children. His goal: $8000 Amount he raised: $51,615 Campbell published 2000 copies of the book and all seemed well. Another Kickstarter victory for the book set. Then on Feburary 27th, 2014 in an update to backers titled “It’s Over” Campbell goes…

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He’s Baack.. This time around controversial Pastor wants to burn 3,000 copies of the Quran July 22, 2013 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed

Remember back in 2010 when Pastor Terry Jones incited parts of the Muslim world with his highly publicized burning of the Quran to commemorate 9/11? He called it “International Burn a Koran Day” In what was supposed to culminate in very large event in New York ended with Jones burning a single copy of the Quran at his Gainesville, Fla. church. 10 days later, in response to the madness, riots in Afghanistan began and when…

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In the Stacks: First Visit to The New Digital Library of America April 26, 2013 – Posted in: In the Stacks, Uncategorized

 Books are weapons in the war of ideas. Poster 20 x 27.9 , 1942.  Published by the United States Government Printing Office. In the this installment of In the Stacks we visit the newly launched and much anticipated Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The opening of DPLA represents a watershed moment in the history of American libraries and will undoubtedly become a seminal resource for our nation in the years ahead. It is safe to say this will…

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Violence begets Violence: Arthistory by Matej Kosir April 10, 2013

In his series Arthistory Matej Kosir tackles the prevalence of violence in society. History often shows us “that the winner of the violent conflict always has justified reasons to be violent, because he uses his dominance to (re)write the history” says Kosir. Kosir aims to show “our contradictory relationship to the violence, namely the use of violence in order to control it (either to stop it or to prevent its reappearing).” By taking noted paintings by artists…

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