“Beneath those stars is a universe of gliding monsters.” –Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

President Obama (or more likely a staffer) responded to a letter from New England Independent Booksellers Association director Steve Fischer, who had expressed concern about Obama’s decision to appear at an Amazon fulfillment center. The letter is long and seems to be a form response about job creation and helping small businesses. It never mentions Amazon by name. (Publishers Weekly)
Rap Genius breaks down “10 Great Literary References in Rap.” I don’t expect you’ll find any on Earl Sweatshirt‘s new album Doris, but you’d better listen to “Chum” a hundred more times to be sure.
Choire Sicha‘s new book, Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City, blurs lines between fiction and non-fiction in a way that’s reminiscent of reality TV, if there were a reality TV show about gay men navigating the social landscape of New York City after AIDS. (The Millions)
Birmingham’s new library has already earned the nickname ‘bling’ — it’s wrapped in a lattice of circles, which apparently celebrate the city’s history in the jewellery trade. (The Guardian)
The only place people shop online is Amazon. (The Atlantic Wire)
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