* Theory of Mind and The Importance of the Novel.
* Privatized libraries are working surprisingly well so far.
* Patagonia makes gear for demanding climbers and itinerant surfers. How’d it catch on with the rest of us? Short answer: people like me. Longer answer: see article.
* “Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic!: Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince sci-fi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future.”
* Pass the Books. Hold the Oil.
* Why Bisexual Women are TV’s Hot New Thing. (Maybe.)
* Apparently, you can’t be really French and Jewish.
* The Secret to Seattle’s Booming Downtown. See also Edward Glaeser’s The Triumph of the City.
* Let’s hope the MPAA ratings board dies; sample: “[. . .] while the MPAA board pretends to be a source of neutral and non-ideological advice to parents, it all too often reveals itself to be a velvet-glove censorship agency, seemingly devoted to reactionary and defensive cultural standards.”