I'm starting a new feature here called "The Friday File," where I unload a bunch of links that caught my eye each week but didn't lend themselves to a blog post or cheap joke on Twitter. I may or may not do this every week, it depends what I have in the queue. But, it gooses my post count for the week so that the program directors won't send me back to reading the "manifesto" slush pile again.
- E-readers are the new complimentary wetbars of fancy hotels
- "I guarantee an authentic interaction with your pencil. What mechanical pencil sharpener can say that? The X-ACTO XLR 1818? The Royal 16959T? Don't make me laugh."
- One by One is a new poetry journal that publishes one poem at a time on an antique letterpress.
- Jonathan Franzen is the Great American Novelist. He also wears cool glasses.
- "The Newspaper display could be read at full size or, when flipped open, twice its normal width. We also had no trouble reading copy when the display was flipped to half or even quarter size. One of our engineers even figured out how to make a hat."
- President Obama signs a libel tourism law. THAT'S IT, I KNEW HE WAS ON THEIR SIDE! What's that? Oh, I thought you said "liberal terrorism."
- Slate's Farhad Manjoo says it's all over when the Kindle is $100.
- Okay, nevermind. The Kindle is dying.
Have a good weekend.