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It might be a sign that the recession really is over, or else that more people have given up and are striking out on their own, but an astounding number of readers—380—purchased Rework, a book about starting your own company by a pair of Web entrepreneurs, after Farhad Manjoo reviewed it in his column. (Another 71 downloaded it for their Kindle.) The second-most-popular book among Slate readers was Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, which racked up 53 purchases. Other popular choices were Judith Shulevitz's The Sabbath World and The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch.
Fiction editors rejoice: A few people still read novels. The Ask sold 15 copies, and The Lost Books of the Odyssey sold 13. But more of you would rather read a nonfiction book about a fictional television show: The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television.
Slate readers are normally avid DVD buyers, but if the academy's favorites enjoyed a bump, it wasn't because of you. Precisely two readers picked up Inglourious Basterds, while The Hurt Locker and The Blind Side each found one new viewer. Our most popular DVD? 2012. That's today's sign that the apocalypse is upon us.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.