Who Says the Renaissance Man is Dead?

According to CNET News, the most commonly pirated e-book in 2009 was the Kama Sutra, followed closely by Adobe Photoshop Secrets, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex, The Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, and Solar House: A Guide for the Solar Designer.

The breakdown of titles was courtesy of the open source file-sharing site BitTorrent, which obviously can’t provide information about who, exactly, is reading what. But I can’t help but think that there must be some cross-section of the population that downloaded all of them. Maybe not necessarily in that order (although I think Numbers 8 and 9—How to Get Anyone to Say YES: The Science of Influence and Nude Photography: The Art and the Craft—might want to be kept in sequence). And if there is a group of Renaissance e-pirates knocking around out there, I’d really like to meet them.

Speaking of Renaissance men and women (and probably dating myself a bit in the process), how cool is Olly Moss’ poster for Sonic Youth’s show last week at San Diego’s House of Blues? (via OMG Posters—click the image for a closeup.)


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