The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part II: Movies, Music and Videogames

January 28, 2019

There’s a challenge in assessing the impact of economic events on the publishing and entertainment industries over the last several decades. On the one hand these are largely hits-driven businesses. For the movie industry, a new superheroes franchise winner can counteract a downward trend in overall admissions (and popcorn) spending. (more…)

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The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part I

December 16, 2018

The upside of predicting a downturn in the economy is that eventually you’ll be right. The downside is that while the party’s still in full swing you’re just the grouchy guy in the corner, scowling at the other guests.

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Blockchain on my Mind

September 5, 2018

Oh, bitcoin… bitcoin
No peace I find
Just an old sweet song
Keeps blockchain on my mind (more…)

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Poetry Reading, they say, Is Up

June 9, 2018

In the Cathedral

Not quite invisible, the slow-time-gathering dust
falls upon the choir,
where stalls sing silently during the sermon.
It tells of a Saviour
who came to save this world
so to leave it sublime.
What happened?
Did He change His mind?

—David Beard, 1987

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Book Prices and the Minimum Wage

May 30, 2018

Only a wealthy man could lament, as Len Riggio did yesterday that “the average paperback costs two and a half times the minimum wage. When I started,” he said “it was one half the minimum wage.” Speaking at the opening of Book Expo in New York Riggio said that the high prices of books is impeding a new generation of readers. (more…)

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