- Book list update: Don’t know what it says about me or Slate, but I’ve actually read more of its selections for best books of 2005 than any other list I’ve seen so far. My list will come later ’cause you never know what might a person might read in the next two weeks.
- Blatant self-promotion: A brief review I wrote of Galileo’s Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition will appear on Strange Horizons, one of the internet’s top SF sites, in January.
- If you haven’t heard already, Bob Dylan is going to host a weekly music show for XM Satellite Radio starting in March.
- Cinematical has compiled a list of 7 Sci-Fi Movies For People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi Movies. (Via SF Signal).
- More self-promotion: My Blogcritics review of Jesus Land was selected as an “Editors’ Pick of the Week” at that site.
- Finally, for a neat twist on year-end reviews, check out The Year in Media Errors and Corrections. Excerpt from the Correction of the Year: “It was not the author’s intention to call New Jersey ‘Jew Jersey.'” (Via Neat New Stuff on the Net).
The presence of retail book stores is positively associated with quality of libraries. So, it is not a question of whether people buy books or check them out: they do both or neither.