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Re: Orphans, etc.

We could help to resolve a great number of disputes on this list 
if we were to participate in a Liblicense Reading Group in which 
we attempted to find titles to read together that would appeal to 
a broad number of listmembers.  I think we would find great 
congruence in sensibility among people who argue vigorously with 
one another about other issues.  Why focus on what we disagree on 
rather than on those things where we speak with one mind?

My first nominee is "A Novel Bookstore" (fiction) by Laurence 
Cosse, published by Europa Editions.

Joe Esposito

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM, Jean-Claude Guedon
<jean.claude.guedon@umontreal.ca> wrote:

> I confess I am a little puzzled by Mr. Holzman's reaction.
> I am fully aware of the financial constraints under which
> university presses labour, and recognize the degree to which
> pragmatic imperatives may be imposing themselves a little too
> often. But one could still be "regretfully" pragmatic; one could
> still declare one's adherence to higher principles and justify
> adopting more practical strategies on particular, and hopefully
> temporary, situations. That, I would understand and I know many
> U. Presses are managed in precisely that spirit, for example at
> my university. But when I hear financial concerns expressed in
> such a way as to appear to trump everything else, I think it is
> time to point out the worrisome nature of such a behavioural
> compass.
> As for lacking civility, I suspect the moderator would have put a
> stop to my message, had it reflected such insensitivity. I simply
> referred to values other than financial that appeared important
> to me. And saying that print transformed documents into
> commodities is a well-known and widely accepted thesis among
> historians of printing.  And, I should add, Joe Esposito's wit is
> indeed a welcomed relief. Sorry about Henry James, Joe... I
> simply did not know :-)
> --
> Jean-Claude Guedon
> Professeur titulaire
> Litterature comparee
> Universite de Montreal