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Morning Shots: Lots Of Book News, Eastwood Chairs, And Thomas Kinkade

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If you haven't had your fill of discussions of whether one way of enjoying a book is superior to another, here's an oddly noncommittal opinion piece (spiked with reporting) about whether listening to audiobooks is worse than reading paper books. [The Chicago Tribune]

Speaking of books, here are some thoughts from a founder of an online bookstore about how publishers are making it harder — rather than easier, as you might think they would — for small businesses to break into selling e-books. [Paid Content]

And still speaking of books: It's time for the American Library Association's 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books Of 2011. The Hunger Games, Brave New World, Gossip Girl, To Kill A Mockingbird. You know, books like that. [GalleyCat]

It's not every show where I actually want to hear someone go through the whole thing episode-by-episode; there's a point where that begins to seem reductive rather than reverent. But I make an exception for Freaks And Geeks, currently the subject of a walk-through with Paul Feig at the A.V. Club. [A.V. Club]

"I kind of see plot as a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write musical dialogue." So says Aaron Sorkin, who is at least self-aware. [Vanity Fair]

Hey — don't try selling chairs by making people think they're Clint Eastwood chairs. He'll come after you. If this doesn't seem like something it would ever occur to you to do, you lack imagination. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Early puberty is a menace. At least if you run a boys choir. [Washington Post]

This piece on Thomas Kinkade is a sight more thoughtful than a lot of the scolding obits I read this weekend: "Historically, a lot of art has been produced with the sole purpose of being beautiful and comforting, and giving people pleasure." [Miller-McCune]

It's not every day that you read about an old-fashioned grab-it-right-out-of-the-museum art theft, but that's apparently what happened to a couple of very valuable pieces of art from the Qing Dynasty. [BBC]

And finally, don't miss this really thoughtful, really interesting piece on the way the internet has stolen the cachet from knowing about things other people don't know about and placed the emphasis on what you actually have to say. It's applied here to music, but it's the same for everything. [The New York Times]

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