New experiments show how much we’ve come to rely on the Internet to know things. From Big Think: The Internet as Hive Mind.
“When weâ€™re faced with hard questions, we donâ€™t search our mindsâ€”we first think of the Web.”
From NPR. Noted author Larry McMurtry has become just as noted for being a used bookseller. But he is giving it all up and selling his collection of more than a half-million books. The Last Book Sale.
“His store, Booked Up, spills across four buildings in his small hometown of Archer City, Texas, and houses nearly half a million rare and used books. But starting this Friday, McMurtry is holding an auction to whittle down that number â€” by a lot.”
Robert Hughes died this week. I just finished his latest book, Rome, which I would highly recommend. Hughes made a name for himself with his series about modern art: The Shock of the New.
James Salter writes about the personal library in his New Yorker review of Jacques Bonnetâ€™s â€œPhantoms on the Bookshelves.”
“Under the pretense of writing about this libraryâ€”its origins, contents, and organizationâ€”he has written instead this often witty tribute to and perhaps requiem for a life built around reading that summons up all the magical and seductive power of books.”