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Friday, May 18, 2007

Publish, Profit, and/or Perish?

In light of this very nifty article over at LA Weekly about the independent booksellers here in our beloved and sprawling metropolis, I thought I'd drop a plug for Laura J. Miller's Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption.

I'm only a chapter or so into it, and I'm reading it for dissertation-related reasons, but so far it looks like a corker. It's dense, to be sure, but well-researched and informed by the best current sociological thinking on the intersection of culture and economics.

(If that last nerdgasm doesn't convince you, the good people at Skylight books have it on their "Staff Recommends..." shelf.)

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