Morning Coffee – 30 January 2017

Morning Coffee - 30 January 2017 Morning Coffee Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  1. An Incomplete Dossier of Evidence That Donald Trump Doesn’t Read (Literary Hub)
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four Is Not the Book We Need in the Trump Era (New Republic)
  3. The Trouble with Twee (Open Shelf)
  4. Why ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read *(The New York Times)
  5. Worst Little Free Library I've ever seen (Miskatonic University Press)

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About Nate Hoffelder (10071 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

10 Comments on Morning Coffee – 30 January 2017

  1. I like your posts. But please, don’t get political!

    • That is just not possible in 2017.

      “He who says nothing, agrees.”

      To remain silent is to acquiesce to the shit my govt is trying to pull, including civil rights violations like trampling on free speech.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more, Nate. We need more active voices in the world, now more than ever.

      • Good for you. If you see something, say something and those who don’t like it don’t have to read it.

      • I think that not all readers of this blog are US citizen. That’s why I added this comment. I feel like every english book blog started to say something about Trump.

        My country has worse politicians than you guys and I don’t even bring politics in my book blogs. You should be thankful that in the US the president does not have that much power as in other countries.

  2. On the other hand, when a person (ie me) is trying to cheer up and get away from bad news, it is nice to have refuges to go to.

    It is not that sports fans, or say fans of your blog, are apolitical, but it is nice to have barriers up to create places where we don’t have to hear us-vs-them political discourse of any kind.

    It is getting to the point where even friendly discussions about harmless topics like the day’s weather are becoming political.

  3. I stopped reading another ebook and gadget site when they became OVERLY political. I discuss politics face to face with friends (and we don’t all agree), but I don’t discuss politics on line. I’m tired of reading politics everywhere I go. I come here for ebook and gadget news, not politics—unless it actually impacts something in the ebook market. Why not open a political blog where you can share all of those type of posts?

    • And you felt the need to share your non-opinion …because?? More to the point, why would you ever believe that anyone cares about what you think should or should not be a topic?

      Self-inflated senses of importance are what gave us Donald Trump. We have to put up with him but be definitely do NOT have to put up with you.

      Of course, the broader message here is that if you don’t like to read about something, don’t read it. You ain’t the boss of me or anyone else.

      • There’s no need to be bitchy about it.

        I actually understand how she feels; I too have grown tired of David Rothman’s constant clambering up on a soapbox. It’s part of why I try to set a higher requirement for relevancy when covering a political story. For example, the only reason I devoted a post to milo Y’s book deal was that I could see a historical aspect to the story which no one had covered yet.

        This link post, on the other hand, was a goof; I knew there were three Trump-related stories but I hadn’t considered the fact that they made up the majority of links. I would have padded the list, or saved some for tomorrow if I had noticed.

  4. And here I thought Nate was being pretty subtle with this particular post. Seeing the links without any editorial comments made me laugh and I thought that was a good thing.

    So after checking out the links that were of interest to me, I one clicked Kafka’s The Trial. I never would have looked at it without Nate’s link to the article so I thank him for the post.

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