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Blog entries on '09 February 2007'

Friday 09 February 2007

Book Depository up for awards

The Book Depository has been shortlisted for two prestigious business prizes: the Fast Growth Business Awards, which seeks to find the "UK's best mid-market business", has The Book Depository up for Retail/leisure Business of the Year; and at the Retail Week Awards, TBD has been shortlisted for the Emerging Retailer of the Year. That little black number of mine is going to get so much wear this year!

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Friday 09 February 2007

A torturer speaks out

Eric Fair, "one of two civilian interrogators assigned to the division interrogation facility (DIF) of the 82nd Airborne Division," writes about his "experiences as an interrogator in Iraq":


Despite my best efforts, I cannot ignore the mistakes I made at the interrogation facility in Fallujah. I failed to disobey a meritless order, I failed to protect a prisoner in my custody, and I failed to uphold the standards of human decency. Instead, I intimidated, degraded and humiliated a man who could not defend himself. I compromised my values. I will never forgive myself.

Mistakes? Mistakes!?

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Friday 09 February 2007

Ecclesiastical Proust Archive

The Ecclesiastical Proust Archive is "a site for researching and discussing Proust. It provides a searchable database of all church-related passages in the Recherche along with related images." (Via the Institute for the Future of the Book.)

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Serendipoetry

Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or two

Pre-order Anu Garg's new book: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words (ISBN 9780452288614), published by Penguin more …

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October's Books of the Month

The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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