An interesting take on the “hospital wars”

Those of us in the Sioux Falls area have seen the “hospital wars” for years, from helicopters to heart centers. One perhaps not so new front that’s received a bit of attention lately is the donations the Sanford and Avera health systems are making to other entities, including government-funded ones such as the medical school […]

Belated bookish marginalia

I intended to post most of this over the weekend but, proving once again that sometimes procrastination is for the best, the first two items are from today.

Amazon announces its long-awaited Kindle, “a wireless, portable reading device with instant access to more than 90,000 books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers.” List price? $399.00. Me? I’ll […]

Book Review: The Whisperers by Orlando Figes

Josef Stalin is commonly credited with the aphorism, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Given the lives lost during his rule, the attribution is fitting regardless of whether the attribution is correct. Yet the latest exploration of Russian history by Orlando Figes goes beyond the deaths as he tries […]

Word of the year?

Oxford University Press USA, the publishers of the New Oxford American Dictionary has announced its word of the year: locavore. Either I am not green enough or trendy enough as I’ve never heard of the word. Locavores are those who try to buy locally grown ingredients and foot products.

Perhaps proving once again the failings […]

Bookish marginalia

As “fug” is unquestionably being overused in the press and blogs regarding Norman Mailer’s death, I’ll instead note it by a collection of book-related links from the last several days:

Good thing they can only throw digital images of books. LibraryThing calls Shelfari “unethical” and “basically social networking rapists.” Continuing to encourage travel and international […]

Happy happy joy joy II

The last time this post title appeared it was because I had tickets to a Springsteen solo performance at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis. Today, it is because I got two good lower level seats to Bruce and the E Street Band in St. Paul on March 16.

That’s right. Immediately after last Friday’s concert at […]