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Book Briefs 7

Axis , Robert Charles Wilson — In this sequel to the 2006 Hugo Award-winning novel, Spin , Wilson once again displays his talents. He manages to not only keep the reader interested, he mixes enough different elements and tension into the story that you don’t really want to put the book down. Yet the different […]

Mixed emotions about a new “best recommended” book list

The National Book Critics Circle has begun a monthly “Best Recommended List.” As a member, I was invited — nay, encouraged and reminded — to send in my vote for my “most recommended” 2007 book. Because inertia is a fundamental principle and it’s so damn hard for me to pick a “best” this or that, […]

Mostly bookish catch up marginalia

OMG, is Opus gay ?!?!? ( Via .) Although it only slightly reduces the withdrawal pain, Not The Daily Show sheds light on the core issue in the television writer’s strike. There’s also, of course, a Colbert retort . Whether it’s further evidence for my illiterati status or that I should discontinue by NYT […]

Sad news of an old friend

It’s one of those things that leaves a horrible feeling in your gut. This afternoon, my RSS reader popped up a South Dakota media blog post that Ron Bender of Rapid City was killed Monday in a hit-and-run accident in Gaithersburg, Md.

Ron and his wife, Muriel Shepard, were at the Rapid City Journal […]

A new publication for my subscription list

Calling it a magazine is unfair because it is so much more than that. Early last week I saw an internet reference to a new publication called Lapham’s Quarterly . It was referred to as a history related journal and treated as if it might be good for insomnia.

Out of curiosity, though, I […]

Thoughts on the NEA reading report

A touch of illness over the turkey day break delayed this post and reduced my reading time. Still, now that I’ve had a chance to more closely read the latest NEA report on reading trends in the US, here’s some thoughts and observations on some of its findings:

“Nearly half of all Americans ages 18 […]