Stanford restores People Who Read team

This is really dumb but I trip out on the fact that Stanford Daily once mis-identified the title of Elif Batuman’s first book; I heard about Elif while walking thru the quad the day this was published and the article crossed my path like a tumble weed. She’s one of my favorite authors.

I find that ridiculousness human and likable,” she added. “My mood is solidarity in the face of adversity. You share this observation that something is absurd and then it’s comforting — it makes you feel less alone.

Note: they fixed the error in the text. My wife likely through away the clip.


somehow the internet led me from weird Elif Batuman item to Jenny Blake, whose father Jim Blake I used to chat with at Printer’s Ink, and her brother Tom Blake played football for UCLA. Jenny is also an author and a business consultant.

and1: I had a weird email exchange that went from George Shultz’ tattoo to Clay Carson to Al Young and MLK.

but before all that, back at the ranch, the Post had something about a book called Dead Souls. Elif’s books are also named after Russian novels, The Idiot, The Possessed. Get it? Gogol!

moremoremore how do you like it how do you like it


“We have new optimism based on new circumstances, including vigorous and broad-based philanthropic interest in Stanford Athletics on the part of our alumni, which have convinced us that raising the increased funds necessary to support all 36 of our varsity teams is an approach that can succeed,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Thirty-seven if you count The People Who Read team.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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