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Read this New Yorker article on the death of dedicated cameras by Tokyo-New York design guy Craig Mod last week, and found it insightful enough to buy “his” book…

…but when it arrived I discovered he only did the design, not any writing, d’oh.

Haven’t been motivated to read past the first awful page written by a woman who got groped on the train. She writes like she’s on Livejournal in 2001, and if that’s the “essay” they opened the book with, I can’t imagine how much more downhill it can get.

Such a ringing endorsement deserves it’s own Amazon link!

Buy Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned at Amazon

It’s a collection of short stories, you’ll actually be able to finish ‘em, unlike most books you buy and get ten pages into before the internet distracts you!

The Faithful Executioner, Joel F. Harrington, 2013.

In case you were thinking that ~you~ were having a bad day. (Non-fiction, this.)

Lust Never Sleeps
An academic’s sexual memoir puts the ire in desire

Once in a while a book appears that’s so bad you want it to be a satire. If you set out to produce a parody of postfeminist mumbo jumbo, adolescent narcissism, excruciating erotic overshares, pseudopoetry, pretentious academic jargon, and shopworn and unshocking “dirty talk,” you could not do better than Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell.

Is it possible that Japanese and English are so far apart that translators are creating entirely new works?

One of the cherished myths of American history is that plucky Yankees won independence from Great Britain by picking off befuddled redcoats too dense to deviate from ritualistic parade-ground warfare. That is an exaggeration.

By the time the Revolution broke out, in 1775, the British were well versed in irregular warfare and were countering it in Europe, the Caribbean, and North America. Redcoats certainly knew enough to break ranks and seek cover in battle when possible, rather than, in the words of one historian, “remaining inert and vulnerable to enemy fire.”

The spread of literacy and printed books allowed the American insurgents to appeal for popular support, thereby elevating the role of propaganda and psychological warfare. It is appropriate that the term “public opinion” first appeared in print in 1776, for the American rebels won independence in large part by appealing to the British electorate with documents such as Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence.

In fact, the outcome of the Revolution was really decided in 1782, when the British House of Commons voted by a narrow margin to discontinue offensive operations. The British could have kept fighting after that date; they could have raised fresh armies even after the defeat at Yorktown in 1781. But not after they had lost the support of parliament.

The pen is mightier than the sword! Huh!