"It won over the soldier; it can equally win over the civilian," Jacobs concluded. Some soldiers might abandon books, but "the reading habits acquired by millions … are unlikely to be broken," agreed Time Magazine.

Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II

The Atlantic recently published a wonderful piece about WWII and literature. I already knew the history of publishers sending penny dreadfuls and pocket books to soldiers in war-torn regions, but I’m pleased to see such a large magazine publicizing this piece of history.

Literature is more than entertainment. It’s not a meme or a gif. The right book can change your life. For some soldiers, it saved their lives.

Thank you publishers.

(via rambleramblerosie)

What Chanel really likes to do is work. Her next preference is for doing nothing. She’s a great dawdler.

A 1931 Profile of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel by Janet Flanner.  (via newyorker)

Coco and I have a lot in common

studioahamed:

The app UX & specs have been launched! Check it out on behance or on the studio website. Look for it in the app store early spring 2015.

studioahamed:

The app UX & specs have been launched! Check it out on behance or on the studio website. Look for it in the app store early spring 2015.

fem-usa:

I have never related to a comic so personally before 

fem-usa:

I have never related to a comic so personally before 

Open Letter: All-ages music venue in Vancouver

myloverarlo:

Dear Vancouver Mayor and Council,

I am writing to ask that space be set aside in this year’s Capital Plan for an all-ages music venue in Vancouver. I firmly believe that Vancouver’s youth would benefit tremendously from a legal, sustainable, affordable and accessible all-ages music venue.

As a young person growing up in inner-city Indianapolis, all-ages venues were a godsend. But they were unstable and unpredictable. The Emerson was the best one - but it was only all-ages for about a year, which meant we went back to walking the streets and pestering the staff at the Waffle House to hang out. Then there were the churches that would become all-ages venues for a month here or a month there, but it was never predictable. And again, we’d be out on the streets - finding other ways to keep boredom at bay.

How Uber Explains Our Economic Moment

myloverarlo:

My driver said he’d been with Uber ever since he’d graduated from his master’s program in IT project management last year. This profession was, according to him, going through hard times. In the wake of the great recession steady jobs had been replaced by short-term contracts, and there weren’t even a lot of these to be had. As a result he was now competing against much more experienced people for each new gig that came up, and he hadn’t had a lot of success since graduating.

So to cover his monthly fixed costs of student loan payments (on more than $100k in debt), rent, and health care he was driving for Uber. A lot. He estimated that he spent more than 60 hours a week behind the wheel. This allowed him to pay his bills, but not to build up any real savings.

To which I say good for him, and for Uber. This is a guy who could be sitting around waiting for the dream job he’d gone to school for, collecting unemployment, defaulting on his loans, and/or dropping out of the labor force for good. Instead, he was working hard at a job that was available.

The days when high-paying factory jobs were available to anyone willing to work hard are long gone. My driver’s job existed because a small group of venture-backed entrepreneurs created a technology platform that matched up cars and drivers with people who were willing to pay for a ride. Most cars are chronically underutilized and in a time of high unemployment, so are too many people. Uber’s founders came up with a clever way to put them to work, and to do so while maintaining an enviable service and safety record.

I feel a deep urge to call bullshit on the author’s neoliberal perspective on how Uber supports our unemployed brothers and sisters during this time of economic transition. 

I have often been one to tout the collaborative economy as an opportunity for cities to build micro-entrepreneurship and expanded employment opportunities, but I feel uncomfortable by the way he’s framed it. And am wondering how to reconcile. 

I agree that the “peer economy,” as he calls it, has many benefits in terms of temporary employment for those saddled with enormous student loan debt and no hope of securing work in their field of expertise. But in celebrating the collaborative economy as a gift to those folks by the venture capital system, he loses me. 

It’s hard not to reflect on the Robber barons or the d’Medicis and their contributions to the arts - on the backs of all those exploited by the systems that created their wealth, including the earth. Art = good. Means to patronizing, collecting and preserving art = bad. 

It’s hard not to wonder what’s to become of the more vulnerable class of folks who’ve been driving taxis to solve very similar challenges. 

I’m really starting to feel a sense of urgency for those of us in the business of supporting/fostering/developing the collaborative economy (holla, Share Vancouver!) to push harder to elevate public discourse beyond the novelty of Airbnb, Uber and the monster capital being raised to exploit the opportunities presented by collaborative consumption.

More democratic models of generating startup capitol and revenue are to the future of the collaborative economy space. Co-ops, crowdfunding and community investment funding – when we talk about the collaborative economy and its potential to better our lives, and the future of our world, these are the models that will propel us forward. 

Of course there’s a place for the big guys – and their deep pockets. They’re mainstreaming the concept of sharing, borrowing and connecting peer-to-peer. But we can’t let them win the battle to define the space. 

Please weigh in.

kurtisfindlay:

#592: Shining, Shimmering

kurtisfindlay:

#592: Shining, Shimmering

tomaszwagner:

He was thinking deeply about pies and frozen cocktails the entire time. @artfuldesperado
http://tomaszwagner.co

tomaszwagner:

He was thinking deeply about pies and frozen cocktails the entire time. @artfuldesperado

http://tomaszwagner.co