A worthless initiative in Florida.
4:08 PM, Aug 25, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Florida Polytechnic “University” (it isn’t accredited) is making headlines this week by opening a bookless library. Instead of checking out traditional codex books, students will be forced to read class material on tablets, e-readers, and/or laptops. According to the middle-aged librarians and bureaucrats who run the school, a bookless library will appeal to the youth. Abandoning books will make the library more "relevant" to students, they say. Never mind that Pew has found that millennials are less likely to favor e-readers over traditional books than members of older generations.
Librarians eschewing books to cluelessly appeal to “the kidz” is reminiscent of nothing so much as aging fuddy-duddy fathers who try to appeal to their kids by speaking in already outdated hip-hop slang.
FPU's head librarian Kathryn Miller tells Reuters that, "it's a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books.” "Boldly relevant" is of course a bizarre standard to apply, insofar as it has no normative content. Sure, the decision is "relevant," arguably. But more important: Is it wise? Is it prudent? Will it serve the students?
The evidence suggests that it won't. Two recent studies have found that electronic readers are in fact inferior to traditional books in many ways – particularly when it comes to retaining information. As Scientific American reports, "Evidence...indicates that modern screens and e-readers fail to adequately recreate certain tactile experiences of reading on paper that...prevent people from navigating long texts in an intuitive and satisfying way...such navigational difficulties may subtly inhibit reading comprehension. Compared with paper, screens may also drain more of our mental resources while we are reading and make it a little harder to remember what we read when we are done."
And so FPU's attempt at "relevance" may result in producing nothing but a more poorly educated, distracted group of students. With librarians like the ones at Florida Polytechnic University, who needs Philistines?
8:53 AM, Aug 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Erica Payne, founder and president of the left-wing Agenda Project, is encouraging people to deface the cover of Paul Ryan's new book, which is hitting shelves today.
"Hi Daniel," Payne writes in an email. "Just a heads up, Paul Ryan's new book comes out today and his publisher is furious! It turns out that they accidentally shipped it with the wrong cover, and they need your help to make things right.
11:50 AM, Aug 3, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Craig Shirley, a prominent biographer of Ronald Reagan, has accused historian Rick Perlstein of plagiarism in his new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. Shirley has cited 45 instances in which he says Perlstein uses information and passages from his 2004 book, Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All, without proper attribution.
11:26 AM, Jul 17, 2014 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Our affable colleague, senior editor Victorino Matus, is famous for his big head, big heart, big appetite—and encyclopedic knowledge of food, drink, the consumption of same, contemporary German politics, and the sociology of his native New Jersey.
10:03 PM, Jun 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton's published, Simon & Schuster, isn't likely to sell enough books to make back her hefty advance.
"Sales of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new memoir, 'Hard Choices,' declined 43.5 percent to 48,000 copies in its second week on the shelves, according to Nielsen BookScan," the Times reports.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:45 PM, Jun 20, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast withe editor William Kristol on Hillary's second horrible week in a row.
'It feels a little bit liberating to me.'8:48 PM, Jun 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she's done being "carefule about what to say." She made the comments at a recent book event associated with her most recently published memoir:
"You've never been shy about your opinions," said former aide Lissa Muscatine, who was interviewing her for the event, "but it does seem to me you are pretty free to speak your mind these days."
Republicans, nationalists, and the crucible of modern SpainJun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
The virtues of Stanley Payne, the outstanding living historian of the Spanish Civil War, are on gratifying display in this comprehensive volume. He writes with appropriate sweep: “[C]ivil war in Spain was not a complete anomaly, but rather the only massive internal conflict to break out in Western Europe during the 1930s.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:40 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the roll out of Hillary's new memoir.
2:48 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton signed books earlier today at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan. A number of people came out to get their copy of her newly released memoir signed.
"There are roughly 380 people in line at Clinton’s first book signing in New York," CNN claimed.
9:14 AM, Jun 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton explains to Diane Sawyer that after leaving the White House she and her family "struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education." That's why Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton have made over $100 million since leaving the White House:
10:03 AM, Jun 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton's book roll-out has been discussed at the White House. Clinton, and her former boss, President Obama, apparently were able to settle on a simple message in the meeting between surrogates: "Obama's team of rivals became an unrivaled team."
10:18 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a book coming out next week. Today, her publisher released images from the back cover of the book. The pictures mostly show Hillary meeting global leaders and attending important meetings.
But one of the images is Clinton with President Barack Obama, standing in front of the Benghazi caskets at Andrews Air Force Base, dated September 14, 2012, just days after the September 11 attack.
Here are the back cover images, as they were released on Twitter: