Weekend Edition: 3-7

Bookish Linkage

After a December police raid on the organization that helped with much of the research, a Russian publisher has backed out of publishing The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, one of my favorite books of 2007.

Even though it got rid of its standalone book section, the LA Times continues its annual book awards, announcing the finalists this past week.

Likewise, the American Booksellers Association announced the finalists for its Indies Choice Book Awards. The winners are decided by a vote of booksellers.

The Believer gave its fifth annual book award to Novel About My Wife, a book of which I’d heard nothing.

Nonbookish Linkage

RS reports Dylan will release a new CD — with 10 new original tunes — next month.

Looks like a Bruce exhibit may cause me to take a trip to Cleveland. It was a Dylan exhibit that took me to the Experience Music Project in Seattle a few years ago.

Just as Phish announced it was releasing free MP3s of this weekend’s three reunion performances, it also filed a lawsuit to prevent the sale of bootleg merchandise with the band’s name and trademarks.

A new twist on giving things up for Lent. Too bad that each year I give up giving up things for Lent.

Best blog line of the week: In noting that the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s yearly award ballots went out, the Western College Hockey Blog notes that “some people are having a tough time with the Player of the Year voting because, as it turns out, all of the WCHA’s good players are in the NHL.”

Sometimes I just sit and wonder
Why in the world can’t the world get along?

“The Corn Won’t Grow, So Rock ‘N Roll,”
Goose Creek Symphony, Welcome To Goose Creek

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