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"Truth hurts" department

Gov. Mitch Daniels' new book has passages bashing a part of the state I'm very familiar with:

But Daniels uses a few pages to take aim at Northwest Indiana, a region that has a decades-long loyalty to the Democratic Party. In one passage, Daniels writes about his futile attempt to make inroads in the region by bringing jobs.

Snort, snort

On the right tract

Gov. Mitch Daniels has a book coming out, which puts him in an elite group:

Of the nation's 50 sitting governors, almost a quarter of them are authors. Four, including Daniels, have written tomes while serving as their state's chief executive. That number is set to increase by one early next year when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's book, "Can't is Not an Option," hits the bookshelves.


Well, good for him:

Tucked away in a small warehouse on a dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an endangered species: the printed word.

Posted in: Books, Web/Tech

Closing the books

RIP, Borders. From a letter by the company president to employees:

The truth is that Borders has been facing headwinds for quite some time, including a rapidly changing book industry, eReader revolution, and turbulent economy. We put in a valiant fight, but regrettably in the end we weren't able to overcome these external forces.

[. . .]

Not quite a masterpiece

One big reason the Civil War sesquicentennial is getting so much enthusiastic attention is the monumental PBS series 20 years ago in which Ken Burns, aided principally by Shelby Foote, managed to "take a knotty and complex history of violence, racial conflict, and disunion and turn it into a compelling drama of national unity." (George Will gushed that the series was a"masterpiece of national memory. Our Iliad has found its Homer.")

Old school

Too bad:

As graduation day arrives, students will say goodbye to their classmates and teachers. And many are departing without a traditional yearbook to preserve those memories.


State budget cuts and the weak economy are causing elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country to either do away with yearbooks or look for more cost-effective publishing options.


No more rareties

We're almost in the era of "culture on demand" -- everything available all the time. Bill Wyman at Slate:

Don't care if you don't like this

In the current climate of red hot political rhetoric, with some people urging civil discourse one day and screaming at their opponents the next, it's refreshing to read this common sense take on "offense" by Dick Cavett:

Cross the Borders

Rats! We aren't escaping after all:

Two more Indiana Borders stores have been added to the list of those the company plans to close as part of its filing for bankruptcy protection.


Borders Group announced last month it would close about 200 of its 642 stores, including six in Indiana.


Posted in: Books, Our town