Good Reads Vol. 1

Here’s what I’m reading these days

The Tiny London Shop Behind Some of the Very Best Libraries

Put yourself in the hands of the staff at the London bookstore Heywood Hill, who promise to go to the ends of the earth to hunt down the books you need — the rare, the old and the out of print as well as the newly published — to build your perfect custom library.

Now if only I had the necessary funds to make this a reality. Eh, Half Price Books is closer anyway.

Up next is a little essay that echoes a lot of my thinking about modern politics.

Meanwhile, domestic politics often seems to have descended into the gutter, a squalid contest between greed and envy, dominated by naked appeals to the lowest common denominators of public opinion. The less trustworthy and statesmanlike our politicians and officials become, the more overweening their ambition to control every aspect of our lives.

Now that’s some serious shade. It’s a little frothing-at-the-mouth, but sometimes you need that.

Finally, bundle, bundle, who’s got a bundle?

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook have defended net neutrality and fought the bundle. But, deep inside the software that powers their empires, they’re each creating a different kind of bundle. We might be winning (or at least aren’t losing) the fight against the Comcasts and Time Warners of the world, but these tech giants could be quietly undercutting us as we blithely use their gadgets and software to do our internet things.

The article goes on to talk about how the semi-intelligent bots we use (think Alexa, Siri, Google Now) and the sources they draw from create something liked the old walled garden of AOL.

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