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In Brief: Good Week for Oprah, Less So for Her Home

o at home.jpg⇒ The presidential candidate with the Oprah Winfrey seal of approval is headed to the White House, but Winfrey’s quarterly shelter magazine, O at Home, won’t be covering Obama‘s new digs. Hearst has decided to fold O at Home back into the flagship O: The Oprah Magazine, FishbowlNY reports. Sad, because we root for any periodical that features a library (you guessed it—Oprah’s!) on its cover.

⇒ And speaking of the death of print, don’t miss Virginia Heffernan‘s recent New York Times Magazine column, in which she brilliantly explicates why Amazon’s Kindle is so much more than the sum of its faults. Despite design flaws that include “bumpable buttons that constantly flip your pages and lose your place, the pointy and cruel keyboard that is stiff and ineffective” and an “ungracious and inaccessible” Internet interface, Heffernan deems the Kindle “somehow better than a book” for its sheer reading bliss. But we doubt it’s more blissful than cuddling up with a signed first edition in Oprah’s library.

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