The gods here are most definitely crazy

I had somehow tumbled upon Matt Bell’s book on Tumblr (get it?) and added it to my want to read list before reading this interview, but Jenifer Sky really gets the intrigue going with the intro/book description: In his debut novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, Matt Bell cracks us in the mind’s eye, drops us in inky waters, leaves us dripping with love potions and scarred from our innermost animal natures. A newlywed couple moves to a quiet, lakeshore...

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Keith Urbahn on conservatives and publishing

This week’s edition of Coffee and Markets, has Pejman Yousefzadeh and I talking with Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld, to discuss his new PR firm Javelin, which is involved in book publishing from a right-of-center perspective. We discussed the relationship between traditional publishers and the conservative movement, the future of publishing and how he sees his firm playing a role in that future. Listen here.

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Jay Cost on the Politics of Patronage

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Pejman Yousefzadeh and I are joined by Jay Cost to discuss his book Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and now Threatens the American Republic.  We discussed the history of the Democratic party’s patronage system, the state of modern Democratic politics and the implications for 2012 and beyond. Listen here.

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Dr. Larry Rosen: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us

This week’s edition of Coffee and Markets features Dr. Larry Rosen author of iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us. Pejman Yousefzadeh and I talked with Dr. Rosen about his timely and interesting book, how to recognize tech addictions, and how to lessen any unhealthy dependency that we may have on technology. Listen to the podcast. Related articles Is the Obsession with Devices a Sickness? (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) Off the Shelf: In...

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