Posts Tagged: Bookmobile

The Problem with Pennies, From 'The End Of Money'

If pennies and nickels are largely useless, why does the U.S. Mint continue to manufacture them? In this excerpt from The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers—and the Coming Cashless Society, out this week, David Wolman investigates why eliminating the penny is problematic.

In the Victorian ballroom of the Charing Cross Hotel in London, the thirteenth annual Digital Money Forum is wrapping up with a session of free beer and wine. Beneath brass chandeliers, people from the worlds of banking, telecom, academia, and international development have absorbed an entire weekend’s worth of talk about money in the form of bits and bytes, and tomorrow’s technologies for handling [...]


The Bookmobile: An Excerpt From "Are We Winning?"

Will Leitch's Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball is out today. The book is one of those rare blends that conveys both the excitement of sports fandom and the importance of family. While there is certainly plenty for even the casual baseball observer to enjoy, Are We Winning? is at its strongest when it examines the bonds between fathers and sons, the rituals and shared experiences that make up our personal histories. (It is pretty much a slam-dunk Father's Day gift, should you need one of those.) If you can put up with Leitch's shameless St. Louis Cardinals boosterism, you will [...]


The Bookmobile: An Excerpt from "I Don't Care About Your Band"

Once upon a time, our pal Julie Klausner went on a date with a man she'll call "Rob." This relationship is among quite a few quite vividly covered in her new nonfiction book, I Don't Care About Your Band, which is out today. Just now! This is where you can buy it on Amazon. Go ahead, we'll wait. You should know that this book's subtitle is "What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated." Highly descriptive, and also accurate! Anyway, back to Rob. We were quite taken with this excerpt because she manages to both memoir and [...]


The Bookmobile: An Excerpt from Ann Finkbeiner's "A Grand and Bold Thing"

Ann Finkbeiner's A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering In A New Era of Discovery documents the founding of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-and is out today! "Delightful," says Publisher's Weekly! "Totally awesome," says The Awl! The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, begun ten years ago, is mapping 100 million celestial objects-and measuring distance between a million galaxies, giving us the first real map of where we live. And here, an excerpt!


The Bookmobile: An Excerpt From "Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching"

Reality TV: we all have feelings about it. Particularly the contributors to Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching, a new collection edited by Anna David. It includes essays by Awl pals Will Leitch, Richard Rushfield and Mark Lisanti, among others, so you should probably buy it. In this excerpt, John Albert discusses his feelings about "Sober House."

The After-Party

There are times when one can glimpse something like a passageway to hell. That is precisely the feeling I had watching the reality show "Sober House."


The Awl Bookmobile: John Ortved's "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History"

John Ortved's "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History" is out and available for purchase by you! (It is currently only #285 in books on Amazon; you can help!) Would you like to try a small sample? In this excerpt, we learn about how love money hurt the show's co-developers Matt Groening, Sam Simon and James L. Brooks.


Booktorrent! The Bookmobile as Rural Filesharing Network

In the 1908 booklet Books for the People, the Midwestern librarian Henry E. Legler wrote: "Following in the wake of the great public library movement, which in less than two decades has dotted the cities of the United States with buildings that house millions of books for the people, came systems of traveling libraries."

Legler was speaking of what we call bookmobiles, which began to connect the rural cities of America during the early twentieth century.


The Bookmobile: An Excerpt From "A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life"

Seattle Weekly columnist "The Uptight Seattleite" is all about helping you become the best citizen of this planet-you know, the one we borrow from our children, not inherit from our parents-that you can be. His new book, A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life: How to Banter with Your Barista, Hug Mindfully, and Relate to Friends Who Choose Kids Over Dogs is out now. Here is a list of places you can buy it. And here is an excerpt from it. It may remind you of someone you know! Not yourself, obviously, you're doing just fine. But definitely someone in your life.


The Awl Bookmobile: 'Black Boy'

In the spring of 1925, a 16-year-old Jackson, Mississippi, schoolboy named Richard Wright wrote his first story. He took it to the new black paper in town, the Southern Register, showing it to the editor, Malcolm Rogers, who promptly published it. Shortly thereafter, Wright, who worked as a local paperboy for the Chicago Defender, graduated from eighth grade at Smith Robertson Elementary School as valedictorian. He would go on to attend the new local black high school for only a few weeks before dropping out to work. On his way to school, Wright and a friend would bicycle through the white section of town and dig through the garbage cans [...]