My guess is that Bezos senses a shift back toward books, provided his stores can mimic his online pricing. https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-05-30/store-killer-amazon-shows-that-physical-retail-still-matters

Amen. https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-offices-go-old-school-i-need-booze-1496155046

Like it or not, hard to argue with: https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2017/05/23/there-remains-no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion/#7efc6e76242c As far as I’m concerned, the only indictable (sic) evidence would have to be “reach out” contacts between members of Trump’s election team or the candidate himself, and known Russian bad guys.

Another example of MStM (Makes Sense to Me): http://www.ianwelsh.net/the-real-threat-to-europe-is-neither-america-nor-russia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IanWelsh+%28Ian+Welsh%29

No Laughing Matter: The Manchester Bomber is the Spawn of Hillary and Barack’s Excellent Libyan Adventure

New of Trump taking us out of the climate change accord. Of course he hates environmentalists, after the tough time they gave him on his Scotch gold course development, but still…the man’s moral philistinism knows no bounds! http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/trump-paris-climate-change-agreement-238974

Further comment not needed: http://wallstreetonparade.com/2017/05/wall-street-funds-hold-hundreds-of-millions-in-sanctioned-russian-bank-subject-to-kushner-probe/

An interesting report from the front lines: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/amazons-brick-and-mortar-bookstores-are-not-built-for-people-who-actually-read

Here’s a how-de-do. It is tie for me to give my books away: Here’s the letter I wrote the librarian at Brooklyn College:

I spoke with your office this morning about the possibility that Brooklyn (or through Brooklyn College, the CUNY system) might have an interest in my personal library – for which I am seeking to find a good home.

Assembled over 60 years to provide research resources for my work as an art historian and subsequently a novelist and journalist, as well as to satisfy my indefatigable curiosity along with a case of terminal bibliomania, this is a real library. Here is an article I recently wrote about it for Quest magazine, along with a description I’ve furnished to, among others, Yale (my alma mater) – although, frankly, I would prefer to see it go to an institution where it might make more of a difference.


I’ve described the library elsewhere as follows: “This is a real library, accumulated with knowledge, curiosity and love over 60 years. No paperbacks, no endless shelves of books by the likes of David Baldacci or James Patterson. It is strong in music, memoirs and biography, diaries and correspondence, art history, history, essays and belles lettres, poetry, travel and foreign places, New York City and Brooklyn. In my office is an entire wall of reference books and books on finance and Wall Street (my principal subjects as a journalist and novelist).

My wife and I are moving, and I have reached the age (81) where I would rather put my books into good hands now than leave them in storage to be coped with by my family when the time comes.

I wonder whether the Brooklyn College Library would like to have them, free and clear, to be placed on its shelves, distributed through the system, even sold – whatever best serves the objectives of the college. We’re talking about – I’m guessing – 3000 + volumes (and some very handsome custom-built book cases I’ll happily include in the gift), less perhaps 100 volumes to which my wife and I are especially attached (such as leatherbound copies of most of my own books). I emphasize that these are real books, that have real research value. The donation could include some 1200 music CDs, mainly classical, and some 200 DvDs – mostly of classic American and European films.

The interesting part is, no one wants these books, and in institutions like the Brooklyn Public Library, you can’t even find someone to talk to. So if any reader has any ideas, do email me at [email protected]