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So that's how it went down


Top Reads of the Year

Well, since I've somewhat made a tradition out of this, here are the 9 books I most enjoyed reading this year.  I'll start 2012 by reading more Auster and Reed.  

Top: Graphic & Disturbing Euripides Plays / The Ivankiad by Vladimir Voinovich / City of Glass (New York Trilogy) by Paul Auster

Middle: War with the Newts by Karel Capek / Veeck as in Wreck by Bill Veeck / Hygiene and the Assassin by Amelie Nothomb

Bottom: Lords of the Realm by John Helyar / The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt / The Terrible Threes by Ishmael Reed


Google Books Settlement Rejected

Summary in the LA Times.


In his descision, Chin wrote, "While the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many, the ASA would simply go too far." But he didn't stop there.

"Although I am persuaded that the parties are seeking in good faith to use this class action to create an effective and beneficial marketplace for digital books, I am troubled in several respects," Chin wrote. He brought up several key issues that seemed to point a way toward potential resolution of the agreement, including moving the issue of orphan works and international copyright issues to Congress, privacy concerns and inverting the structure of the ASA so authors interested in participating could opt in, rather than being included by default.


My Year in Reading 2010


"In Praise of Copying" (Boon 70)

A new book by a York University professor (Marcus Boon).  Available as a free download.

My goal in this book is to account for our fear of and fascination with copying. I argue that copying is a fundamental part of being human, that we could not be human without copying, and that we can and should celebrate this aspect of ourselves, in full awareness of our situation. Copying is not just something human—it is a part of how the universe functions and manifests. The issue of regulating copying, of setting up laws restricting or encouraging copying, is secondary to that of recognizing the omnipresence and nature of copies and copying in human societies—and beyond.

(via Michael Geist)