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Why Don’t Ebooks Have In-book Ads? Because We Don’t Read Enough

Publishers will only start seriously worrying about whether you finish The Goldfinch if they need to ensure you get exposed to every possible ad layered between the chapters.

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How Wizards Do Money: Rubeus Hagrid

It’s not easy to tell that Hagrid is in his 80s. Giants are notoriously long-lived, but Hagrid is only half giant. He is beginning to feel his age, mostly around his knees.

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Secondhand Brawlers

Of the steady accumulation of books in my apartment, I imagine nearly half were acquired at library book sales. This includes calorific comfort reads like the complete works of Flannery O’Connor, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Isaac Babel (these seasonal sales are lousy with collected volumes). While I purchase some books new, the rest are reaped—due to ongoing financial constraints—from cardboard boxes in library common rooms. (For the sake of self-aggrandizement, let’s call these books “rescues.”)

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How Wizards Do Money: Aberforth Dumbledore

Every question they asked about his goats was a question they weren’t asking about Ariana. Or about Gellert Grindelwald and Albus. Or about the secret passageway under the bar. Or about what happened to the money in the till, when the night was over.

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A Billfold Book Review: Karen Bender’s ‘Refund’

Counterpoint Press sent me an advance copy of Karen Bender’s new book Refund and I will tell you right away that—to borrow the cliché—I couldn’t put it down.

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The Most Bought Books And The Most Pirated Movies

The most pirated film of the year is a film about thieves and crooks. That sounds about right.

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How Wizards Do Money: Arabella Figg

When Arabella moved to the house on Wisteria Walk she began referring to herself as Mrs. Figg; of course she never said anything to Dumbledore about it, since she never had to re-introduce herself to him the way she had to establish her history among the neighbors—just say Mrs., look a bit sad sometimes, they’ll come to their own conclusions—but the owls started arriving late at night addressed to Mrs. Arabella Figg all the same.

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How Wizards Do Money: Anthony Goldstein

When the owl arrived, bearing an envelope on Daily Prophet stationery, Anthony Goldstein already knew what was inside. He got the same letter every year, every time one of the Prophet reporters remembered to check a Muggle calendar and figure out when Hanukkah was. This year, they didn’t even send the note until the third night, which was why the owl stayed at Anthony’s windowsill, quietly preening and watching him as it waited for his response.

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In Defense of Scrooge

aside from being a miserable grouch, Scrooge is rather relatable

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How Wizards Do Money: Minerva McGonagall

Minerva keeps neat ledgers; a tap of her wand against the page and the numbers fly from one column to another, ordering themselves like birds on wires.

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