• October 24, 2014

    Amazon’s bad third-quarter earnings report prompted the price of its shares to fall by 10 percent.

    Ross Douthat

    Ross Douthat

    The conservative writer Ross Douthat apologized for attending a fundraiser in support of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit opposed to gay rights. Douthat said that he was “not aware” that the event was a fundraiser for the group; rather, he said, he thought it was to be a “public conversation about religious liberty.” He will decline the honorarium.

    The Guardian adds a number of opinion writers to its ranks, including Roxanne Gay, Reza Aslan, Rebecca Solnit, and Jeb Lund.

    Jon Weiner interviews Laura Poitras about her new documentary about Edward Snowden. In the course of working with Snowden, Poitras was detained at least thirty-seven times at the airport. Then Glenn Greenwald wrote an article about the harassment, and “it stopped. Right there.” “Is there a lesson here?” Weiner asks. “There is,” Poitras replies. “It took me a long time to learn it: go public.”

    The Washington Post profiles Thought Catalogue.

    A short piece calls the Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company the ”greatest bookstore in the world.” The founder, George Whitman, handed over the store to his daughter, Silvia, in 2004. When he did, he painted these words across its shutters: “INSTEAD OF BEING A BONAFIDE BOOKSELLER, I AM MORE LIKE A FRUSTRATED NOVELIST. THIS STORE HAS ROOMS LIKE CHAPTERS IN A NOVEL AND THE FACT IS TOLSTOI AND DOSTOYEVSKY ARE MORE REAL TO ME THAN MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORs. . . . IN THE YEAR 1600, OUR WHOLE BUILDING WAS A MONASTERY CALLED ‘LA MAISON DU MUSTIER.’ IN MEDIEVAL TIMES EACH MONASTERY HAD A FRERE LAMPIER WHOSE DUTY WAS TO LIGHT THE LAMPS AT NIGHTFALL. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FIFTY YEARS. NOW IT IS MY DAUGHTER’S TURN.”

     

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