What would Marx say?
When I was a college professor, I used to say August 15 was the “turning point,” when the sleepy liberal arts campus I taught at (and where, yes, the c…
They are not niche
I blame Christianity
I have broken out in a strange rash. Big blotches across my chest and back. They don’t hurt, or itch; they are not raised, or broken, or any of the doz…
How to game the system
For the month of July I’m taking over Bill Rickman’s job, and fulfilling all the orders that come to us through Belt’s online store, responding to emai…
I do a lot of thrifting for books. Sometimes I look for ones that have financial value (I’ve flipped many a 50 cent first edition for $500; it’s actual…
This week I have been talking with an author about a book of his we are going to publish next year. It will be the third book of his we will publish. I…
The problem with growth
Last week, I was quoted in a New York Times article about handwriting. I get calls from journalists to talk about this topic often; I usually simply po…
People are continuing to talk about Substack, but few are discussing what I find the most interesting part: people are paying! Individuals are choosing…