Tough on literacy, tough on the causes of literacy: congratulations on your ban on sending books into prison under the newly written rules. You and I don’t need to read books so why should people who have committed a crime be allowed to receive them?
I know that books can be sent to the inmates of Guantanamo Bay and that books were sent to British POWs imprisoned in Nazi Germany and Dostoevsky received books in the Peter-and-Paul Fortress during his incarceration in 1850. Remember: the George W. Bush-era USA, the German High Command of the 1940s and an autocratic Tsar have no lessons to teach you. They are all a bunch of pinko-lefties.
It does seem a remarkably stupid and vindictive decision. Grayling is obviously not a student of Dostoevsky.
(It’s a little-known fact that Wasting Police Time was the most popular book in English prisons from 2007 to 2011.)
The New York Times says rent increases are forcing bookshops out of Manhattan.
When Sarah McNally, the owner of McNally Jackson bookstore in Lower Manhattan, set out to open a second location, she went to a neighborhood with a sterling literary reputation, the home turf of writers from Edgar Allan Poe to Nora Ephron: the Upper West Side.
She was stopped by the skyscraper-high rents.
“They were unsustainable,” Ms. McNally said. “Small spaces for $40,000 or more each month. It was so disheartening.”
Passive Aggression in libraries.
And an interesting book about a subject close to our hearts, northern soul.
As ever, the Amazon reviews are very interesting. I particularly enjoyed this three-star review from ‘Rian Arren':
This review is from: Northern Soul: An Illustrated History (Hardcover)The book was purchased as a gift and has not been read by me. However, I am sure the recipient will be extremely pleased with it.