Midweek marginalia

  • No wonder my TBR pile and wish lists keep growing and growing.
  • John Scalzi is auctioning a bound copy of the manuscript of his novel, The Last Colony, slated for release in May 2007. Proceeds will go to a book endowment fund at the Minneapolis Public Library and the higher the bid, the more additional goodies you get.
  • Speaking of authors, there is a fundraising drive for Robert Anton Wilson, the author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy, a work that has almost a cult-like following. I’ll admit that I have never made it much more than halfway through the first book, though. (There is also an update here.)
  • And speaking of conspiracies, in their own inimitable style Penn & Teller say to the 9/11 conspiracy theorists: Bullshit! (Via TCS Daily.)
  • Kevin at Collected Miscellany has thoughts very similar to mine on books and blogs.
  • I note with sadness that NYT political correspondent Ron Apple has died. Back in the day, he was the yin to Hunter Thompson’s yang in my pantheon of journalism heroes.
  • And while I’m not a huge NHL fan, the season’s first televised game of the Buffalo Sabres at the defending champion Carolina Hurricanes is a must see given the fact the teams have, respectively, former Stampede players Thomas Vanek and Chad LaRose.

    How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?
  • Mary Doria Russell, Children of God

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