Weekend Edition: 5-9

Achievement Awards

MobyLives, the blog of Melville House Publishing (which brought us my book of the year so far, Every Man Dies Alone), earns honors again for blog post headline of the week: New Kindle to include button that vaporizes feelings of regret for having bought Kindle introduced just last month.

Bookish Linkage

In the e-book v. print debate, one blogger asks about what physical books actually cost. (Via.)

An author decides to use his book tour to also visit and blog about 100 independent bookstores. (Via.)

The PEN Literary Awards were announced this week, with Cormac McCarthy winning the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

The art of Penguin science fiction.

The finalists for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Nonbookish Linkage

Rogert Ebert waxes philosophical in a “you must read this” blog post that begins, “I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear.”

Given the year it had, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that AIG won the “golden poo trophy” for Worst Company in America.

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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