— A perspective from Alexis Madrigal’s response to the “y’all ain’t payin’ yer freelancers nothin’” kerfluffle.
— (Later in the same article.)
— Utne Reader on local currencies.
Let’s remember this, okay? It’s important. The publisher’s customer is not the reader. Follow? The publisher’s customer is the retailer. Once the retailer orders the book, from the publisher’s standpoint, THAT IS THE SALE.
Those sales figures you see on icv2 or whatever? Those do not indicate the number of readers who pick up a book, they indicate the number of copies ordered by stores."
Kelly Sue Deconnick, comics writer, explains why there are so few female-led superhero titles. (And pretty much every other problem with comics today.)
Later in the same passage, she goes further:
Typical Haitian chairs, made with palm frond and wood.
Tomorrow, my second book about Haiti, Farewell, Fred Voodoo, is being published, and I wanted to think about the ways in which old Haiti — the Haiti I first knew years ago — is changing, and what that means.
The first thing I ever…
A great essay explaining, in part, why trying to really help can be so damn hard….
Toy factory workers not making toys.
If you’d rather listen than look, here’s Leslie Chan’s TED talk on Chinese factories from a worker’s perspective. It might not be exactly what you expect.
— Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi, in Pitchfork
The world’s super-rich have taken advantage of lax tax rules to siphon off at least $21 trillion, and possibly as much as $32tn, from their home countries and hide it abroad – a sum larger than the entire American economy.
James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has conducted groundbreaking new research for the Tax Justice Network campaign group – sifting through data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private sector analysts to construct an alarming picture that shows capital flooding out of countries across the world and disappearing into the cracks in the financial system."
— from “Wealth doesn’t trickle down – it just floods offshore, new research reveals” in Guardian, 21 July 2012.
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— Reviewing health insurance options never seemed so fraught.