rumor mill • according to the Village Voice – NYC’s Gotham Book Mart may still have a pulse.

well worth reading • From Sunday’s Washington Post a column by Ron Charles Harry Potter and the Death of Reading – “I’d like to think that this is a romantic return to youth, but it looks like a bad case of cultural infantilism. And when we’re not horning in on our kids’ favorite books, most of us aren’t reading anything at all. More than half the adults in this country won’t pick up a novel this year, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. Not one. And the rate of decline has almost tripled in the past decade.”

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