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Logomaniacs, Verbolatrists and Epeolatrists Rejoice! The world’s largest thesaurus is coming to town.

Thesaurus-adAfter more than 150 years at the top, Roget’s Thesaurus has finally met its match. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, which comes out this August, is 44 years in the making and will be the largest thesaurus when published.  The Historical Thesaurus not only has over 800,000 meanings but it also provides a chronological history of words. So now you can see just how slang words became slang or how curses became curses. However, the cut-off date for words was 2003 so don’t expect to see ‘tweets’ in the collection. Nevertheless, the Historical Thesaurus allows for a remarkable insight into the cultural growth of English speaking people.

    Check out the history of the word Trousers (which also seems to be a case study on Victorian prudishness) here or click here  to learn more about the tumultuous history behind this gargantuan thesaurus

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Look Before You Leap: What Record Companies (and Book Publishers?) Can Learn from Merge Records

Merge_300NPR’s piece about the 20th anniversary of indie record company Merge is fascinating and possibly instructive. While large record companies (and book publishers) have overextended themselves and now need to scale back, Merge has succeeded by choosing new artists carefully and marketing them frugally.  And even when they have hits (Spoon, Arcade Fire) they continue to warn their artists to keep expectations in line with reality. The result is credibility with critics, music fans and artists alike. 

 So the question is: can Book Publishers follow suit?  In a time where creative ideas are welcome, perhaps we need only look at Merge Records to realize that trust, cautious decision making and staying grounded may lead us in the right direction.

Click here  to read the article or here to listen to the intriguing piece.

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Here is New York

For the adventurous book-lover, check out New York Times Book Review’s Literary Map of New York. Discover where your favorite literary characters once lived, worked and visited.

literary map of manhattan

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The Daily Beast’s Culture Editor Rachel Syme: “We Have Real Reporters”

When I sat down to lunch the other day with Rachel Syme I was curious to learn more about what kind of infrastructure The Daily Beast has, and how she makes the case for “the web” to writers of a different generation.

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Maybe “Free” is the Right Price for Physical Books, Too?

untitledThanks to Stuart Krichevsky for sending this link.

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Now, This Is What I Call Bundling!!!

clip_image001Check out this offer (which I hope is serious, but love even if it isn’t) from the drummer for Nine Inch Nails. We need to think about what the counterparts would be for books. (Not sure I can picture Joyce Carol Oates joining her readers in a sensory deprivation tank, but maybe she’d be ok with the dinner at Sizzler?)

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