Month: February 2012

  • Year Four in Review

    It’s been a quiet year on Lone Gunman with only 76 posts published over the last 366 days: but the response has been as great as ever. This year is a special one for Lone Gunman¬†as it was four years ago today–during the last leap day–that the first post was published. It’s been a great…

  • The Inefficiencies of Local Bookstores

    We should not hold Amazon in contempt for pressuring local¬†independent¬†bookstores to the brink of closure and instead should embrace the company for taking advantage of inefficiencies, furthering a reading culture, and–believe it or not–helping us ‘buy local’ more effectively. In response to Richard Russo‘s recent New York Times article¬†berating a recent not-so-well-considered Amazon promotion, Farhad…

  • The Good and Bad of Enumerated Lists

    Writing by enumeration–writing a ‘list of n things’–restricts you to a structure that is easier to produce and is easier for readers to follow and comprehend, but limits free thought. That’s one of many points that Paul Graham makes in an¬†essay¬†discussing¬†the merits and disadvantages of writing enumerated lists. One obvious negative that Graham points out…