Weekend Edition: 4-18

Bulletin Board

My former RCJ compatriot Michael Sanborn is bringing his myriad talents to the blogosphere. Go visit The Decorum Forum, which has also been added to the blog roll.

Can’t beat this — books and music. A bookfair at the local B&N on April 26 will help raise money for the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.

Bookish Linkage

Reading Is Fundamental has launched its 2009 Read with Kids Challenge. This year’s goal is to log five million minutes of reading with kids between April 1 and June 30.

Here’s a worthwhile idea to encourage reading in major metropolitan areas: a volunteer group has started “Choose What You Read,” where free books are handed out to commuters outside five London Tube stations.

The Campaign for Reader Privacy, a joint initiative of the American Booksellers Association, PEN American Center, the American Library Association, and the Association of American Publishers, has again requested Congress to exempt bookstores and library records from a provision of the Patriot Act that allows investigators to obtain “any tangible thing” if the records are sought “in connection with” a terror investigation. In addition, anyone served with such a request is forbidden from disclosing they received it.

Now who do you think is in the target audience for a book like Excrement in the Middle Ages or How to Shit in the Woods (the second revised edition of this “international best seller”)?

Nonbookish Linkage

Exhibits 1 and 2 conclusively establishing that Twitter has jumped the shark.

How hard up is Detroit in this economy? Enough that the Detroit Red Wings offered discounted tickets to the fan club of the Columbus Blue Jackets, their first round NHL playoff opponents, since Detroit can’t fill the seats in its home arena.

The secret to happiness is low expectations.

Barry Schwartz, July 2005

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