1. A. S. Byatt: I am eternally grateful that despite all our research we really know nothing much about Shakespeare.
2. Does anyone know anything about how good Chartbeat‘s real time analytics are?
3. ‘Sand Wars‘
4. A prescient Umberto Eco in 1994 on the future of the Book
5. Established industries engage in rent-seeking behavior, St. Louis edition. (NB: here is the wiki on rent-seeking).