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Requited Reading

June 11, 2009

Save a moment or two to read and savor “a short story about recession, attraction, and data visualization” called “Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store”. I chuckled at this line among others:

My cousin just moved to Florida because they’re closing the state of Michigan!

Via Waxy.

Or, if you’d rather peruse some longer, more acerbic nonfiction, Kottke points us to Rocket Bomber’s “Rethinking the Box: The Seven Types of Customer”, about the travails of working in a big chain bookstore.

And, seriously, if you do, don’t miss the followup “Rethinking the Box: Application and Practice” – which includes this nod for us Portlanders:

There’s no way to be all things to all customers (unless you’re Powell’s)[…]

If this keeps up I may need to add a “bibliomania” category…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. anhidonia permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:00 pm

    Wonderful story. And Waxy is pretty good too.

  2. June 20, 2009 11:14 pm

    Yeah, I think Waxy is one of the better blogs too – not so much introspection or pretty pictures but consistently interesting links. I’ve only been following that one regularly since 2008 but Waxy’s been around for awhile…

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