As I prepare to leave for the state volleyball tournament, posting may be sporadic and perhaps little more than occasional compilations, such as this:
- The National Book Award winners were announced last night. The Echo Maker by Richard Powers won the Fiction award. I just finished the book last week and, frankly, have relatively ambivalent feelings about it, ambivalent enough that I may not even post a review. If you’re interested, a couple blogs provide good lists of information and comment. Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time, about surviving the Dust Bowl, won the Nonfiction Award. Thanks to the good folks at Siouxland Libraries, it will soon be in the TBR pile.
- Prometheus Books and its SF imprint, Pyr, are offering a neat deal. You get a 35 percent discount if you buy any combination of one Prometheus title and one Pyr title. Both are excellent publishers. You can find reviews of a couple of the books that are part of the offer here and here.
- Kimbofo’s post on book bloggers getting free books is getting some critical, semi-critical and more general attention. Even the debate at the site of one of the original posts is getting lively.
- Interest in atheism and faith seems to keep booming. Newsweek and the WaPo have launched a site called On Faith and Sam Harris and Karen Armstrong are among the impressive list of contributors.
- Plain(s) Feminist posts an interesting history of Catholicism and abortion.
- This application perhaps should be standard on almost any computer connected to the internet.
- And this may be the most painful non-surgical lobotomy of all time. (Via Kottke.org Remaindered Links.)
In It To Win It
2006 Roosevelt High School state volleyball tournament t-shirt