After the seizure of “The People’s Library” at Zuccotti Park last November, Paolo Mossetti asked leading writers, activists, and academics how they would repopulate the empty shelves.
For over 35 years, employees of The Strand have been members of the United Auto Workers. However, as John Farley writes in Metrofocus, management appears to be engaging in certain policies that aim to disrupt and eventually dissolve unionized labor at the venerated independent bookstore.
The constant use and re-use of certain words and stock phrases is a defining characteristic of the average political speech of any hue. They are repeated, mantra-like until they become devoid of almost all meaning.
The Goldman Sachs I loved has turned into a heartless profit-seeking monster. The abrasive, insufferable egos. The inflated sense of self-worth. The scheme to turn the orphans into complex tranched financial instruments.
During SXSW, It’s always fun to take an afternoon to wander a little west and visit Book People, Austin’s landmark independent book store. I spoke with the staff of Book People about SXSW and the reading habits of Austinites.