“Restless Californians are letting Gov. Gavin Newsom know they’re over his statewide order to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At noisy street demonstrations and in polite letters from government officials, they’re saying: Let us start getting back to normal.”
Even Harder Than Shutting Down: How Does Newsom Reopen California?, by CalMatters, 24 April 2020
“Reinventing the Job Interview” and more! (podcasts)
WorkLife with Adam Grant
Interesting stuff, well produced, and not overly long podcast.
“A Talent Acquisition Manager is responsible for finding, recruiting, hiring – and retaining – talented candidates. They’re in charge of planning, developing, and implementing an effective Talent Acquisition strategy for their organization. This includes (co) building a strong Employer Brand.”
Talent acquisition manager, by AIHR, sometime in April 2020
However, we’re not out of the woods yet. Full disclosure: I could barely understand this article, and it’s in English. Huh.
“In the US, it seems like every month has some sort of literary observance. January is home to National Science Fiction, National Thesaurus Day, and Library Shelfie Day. February is National Library Lovers Month and includes Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week, Library Lovers Day, and Freelance Writers Appreciation Week. The cavalcade continues all the way to December — also known as New Book Month, a month which attempts to compete with holiday heavyweights like St. Nicholas Day, Christmas, the Winter Solstice, and New Year’s Eve with less eagerly anticipated observances like Letter Writing Day, Dewey Decimal System Day, Crossword Puzzle Day, Jolabokaflod, and A’phabet Day.”
Literary Los Angeles, by Eric Brightwell, 17 April 2020
“Bookshop launched in January with the intention of offering independent bookstores an improved online commerce hub that will help them woo customers away from Amazon. According to founder Andy Hunter, who is also the publisher and COO of Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press, the site has seen a 2,000% increase in sales in the past month compared to the month before and has become a lifeline for many stores that have been temporarily closed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Stores can link from their websites to their own curated Bookshop pages; orders placed through those pages are fulfilled by Ingram and stores currently get 30% of the retail price.”
As Bookshop Booms, Questions Arise, by Alex Green, PW, 24 April 2020
Perhaps this is just going to be the way we live now.
“What does it take to create the perfect wave? Turns out it’s just a bold, innovative engineer, a team of technicians and a superstar surfer.”
Meet the Man Behind Surf Ranch, by Anna Dimond, Los Angeleno, 24 April 2020
“The coronavirus continues to affect daily life, keeping many Americans at home and away from work, restaurants and other businesses. Naturally, pollsters are very focused on how Americans are responding to all of this, so here’s a look at the latest surveys.”
Americans Are Largely Unimpressed With Trump’s Handling Of The Coronavirus Pandemic, by Geoffrey Skelley, 538, 24 April 2020
“Amazon, the internet retail giant vilified for years as public enemy No 1 to booksellers, has been revealed as the surprise mystery benefactor that donated £250,000 to help UK bookshops weather the coronavirus pandemic.”
Amazon revealed as mystery £250,000 donor to UK bookshops, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 23 April 2020
“Given all the disruptions to the global economy caused by the new coronavirus, unit sales of print books held up relatively well in the first quarter of 2020, said Kristen McLean, executive director, business development for NPD Books, in a webinar held last week. And though the unprecedented economic plunge makes it difficult to gauge how much of a drag Covid-19 will have on book sales in the long run, publishing has weathered previous turbulent times fairly well. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, McLean noted, unit sales fell meaningfully in only one year—2009, when unemployment was peaking—and units rose from 760 million in 2007 to 807 million in 2012. She added that the gains included the addition of e-books, and that between 2013 and 2019, unit sales generally remained flat.”
The Pandemic Is Changing Book-Buying Patterns, by Jim Millot, PW, 24 April 2020
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.
Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.
The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist.
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.
Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.
Every dogma has its day.