Leap day marginalia

Hopefully, the improving weather will also improve the attitude a variety of minor annoyances has created. At least I have an extra day to invoke one of my mantras: “get over it.”  In the interi, largely award-related linkage.

  • The shortlist for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has been announced. (Via.)
  • Likewise, the (longer) list of nominees for the LA Times Book Prize was announced.
  • A more offbeat shortlist is for the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title. The nominees:
    • I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
    • How to Write a How to Write Book
    • Are Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
    • Cheeese Problems Solved
    • If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
    • People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood
  • The Quill Awards quietly fade away.
  • The cost of the war in Iraq in economic and moral terms.

I figure the odds be fifty-fifty
I just might have some thing to say

“Fifty-Fifty,” Frank Zappa, Over-nite Sensation

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