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OK Rules, OK?
How does an expression of uncertain provenance and contested spelling, for which each language already has its own long-standing version, take over the world? Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, has published an introduction on the expression and its spread across the world. With several alternative spellings (okay, o.k. and ok), the term seems to have originated…
The Long Hours that Follow the Fifteen Minutes
“Flame is fleeting,” Napoleon said. “Obscurity is forever. I’ll take obscurity.” Of course, he did no such thing. But we couldn’t help but think of Napoleon’s quip while reading this piece in Flavorwire on once-famous writers that have fallen into relative obscurity.
On 1 March, EU inspectors conducted raids in the offices of publishers across Europe. The EU explained the raids were motivated by concerns that ebook publishers “violate EU anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and other restrictive business practices”. Here’s how the Guardian saw it.
Last year, a stand-off occurred that pitted Amazon against publishers. Publishers were concerned that Amazon might become a monopoly retailer…
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