The picks of the week from around the web.

  • The New York Times: Bill Ayers responds. Op-ed piece from the recently much-maligned former Weatherman Bill Ayers. Succint and to the point, with plenty of things to disagree with. The comments section by the way contains some excellent discussion.
  • A couple of great comics links. “The Fourth Dimension Is a Many-Splattered Thing” (1957) is a Jack Kirby foray into the world of modernist art. The story’s totally lame, but dig those visuals. “Flesh and Blood Comics” is a recent effort from master cartoonist R. Crumb, and it’s freaking great, melding as it does crazy visuals reminiscent of his 60s work with the wise old man concerns of his recent work. Not to be missed. (Thanks, Tom).
  • du9: Quality commentary on the imminent abandonment of fixed-book pricing in the French-language book market and on the awards season on the cultural scene, with focus on comics, in the same place.

    1. Matthias, as always, thanks for the kind comment.
      And just as a side note, the demise of fixed-book pricing in France is not so imminent. It seems that there might indeed be a few people in our Parliament who are lobbying for that, but the committee that looked into the subject earlier this year came to the conclusions that the fixed-book pricing law (that exists since 1981) is definitely a good thing, and something to keep — even though it might need some adapting for the forthcoming digital age.

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