Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre, the famous French existentist, never said “Hell is other people at breakfast,” but if you Google that phrase you will find dozens if not hundreds of websites and blogs that say he did so say that. That’s the Internet for you, where one man’s faux quote can go viral in a matter of days without anyone [...]

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André Schiffrin, 76, a leading figure in the New York book publishing world, quit Pantheon in 1990 to establish a not-for-profit independent publishing house, The New Press, explaining that economic trends prevented him from publishing serious books.

Schiffrin describes the crisis in Western publishing in his 2011 book, The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read. In 2010, in Words and Money, he commented on the role of conglomerates in the newspaper and film business.

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