The corsairs of Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a town, stronghold and harbor, a compact square of stone mansions, churches and cobblestoned streets surrounded by a thick wall, all jutted out to sea, and surrounded by islets capped with forts. Today it is postcard perfect, a big tourist draw on the northern coast of Brittany. For much of its history, it was an autonomous enclave whose sole purpose was to shelter privateers (pirates granted license by the king); it became the center of France’s activities in settling the New World.

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Expo, Part 2

In the US, e-book sales are down, according to industry stats I saw at the Book Expo of America. E-books now make up less than 25% of total sales by US publishers. (This doesn’t count self-published titles.) Print is up by about 2%.The biggest growth story this past year: young adult? No. Children’s books? Nope, although a good guess. Cookbooks? Doing well, but no. Literary fiction? Please.

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Lumière, camera, action!

My friend Stefan Geens once showed me panoramic images he had taken on his iPhone. I was amazed by the 360 degree view, including ground and sky. His representations of places such as Sanaa and Urumqi delivered a striking immediacy

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