Weekend Edition: 12-27

A lazy week personally and in the blogosphere as a whole leads to a very abbreviated edition this weekend.

Bulletin Board

My personal best of the year posts in music and books will be up probably Tuesday and Wednesday

Bookish Linkage

Hmmmm, library porn.

Nonbookish Linkage

Somehow I missed this when the issue was released […]

Booking Through Thursday: Wintery books

What are the most “wintery” books you can think of? The ones that almost embody Winter?

The two books that come to mind are about as diametrical as you can get.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s description of the conditions in which the gulag prisoners work in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich has stayed […]

A heathen’s Christmas greeting – 2008

Another Christmas, another posting of my traditional Christmas greeting. Although I call it traditional, my greeting is not traditional in the standard sense of the word. But you gotta realize this is coming from someone whose kids remember John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” as being the Christmas song they heard most often at […]

Midweek Music Moment: Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond

This time of year has always been one of transitions, even if it’s just an effort to make a New Year’s resolution. The jazz world saw a transition on December 26, 1967. That was the day the Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded.

Since the quartet had been founded in 1951, there were two mainstays: Brubeck, […]

Two South Dakota eras come to an end

This weekend marked the end of two eras in South Dakota, one in the press and one in music.

Although public knowledge for a while, Terry Woster officially said good bye Sunday with a front page column in the local daily. After 40 years in the news business, Terry took an early retirement package as […]

Weekend edition: 12-20

Bulletin Board

Don’t forget. Tuesday is Festivus!!!!!

Bookish Linkage

The National Book Critics Circle has revamped its web site and blog.

The Words Without Borders staff picks their favorites of the year.

What I called scifi v. lifi is evidently now a trope — which can also be reversed.

Nonbookish Linkage

Create your own NPR […]