Weekend Edition: 6-13

Bookish Notes

The American Library Association has announced its 2009 Notable Books for Adults. I’ve read two books each in the fiction and nonfiction categories, in which 11 and 12 books, respectively, earned the honor.

The finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, given for the best SF book of the year, have been announced. Of the finalists, I’ve only read Cory Doctorow’s “young adult” book. (Via.)

American author Michael Thomas won the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his book, Man Gone Down.

C. Max investigates why new books (and CDs and DVDs) usually come out on Tuesday.

The seven types of bookstore customers. Although more than a bit snarky in places, I would classify myself as a Browser, although I think it is defined too narrowly. (Via.)

Nonbookish Linkage

The Library of Congress has announced the 25 recordings selected this year to become part of the National Recording Registry. They include The Who’s debut album, The Who Sings My Generation.

Looking back at what “the wisest and most careful men in our greatest institutions of science” in 1900 predicted about this century.

The top 10 existential movies of all time, of which I’ve seen nine and two of them would be in my top 10 list of best movies ever. (Via.)

Oh boy! Oh boy! The Big Picture does space pron!

Finally, with hockey season ending with the Pens winning the Stanley Cup last night, it seemed appropriate to finish with a couple hockey notes in a futile effort to stem off the withdrawal symptoms:

Some background on those hats and shirts that appear as soon as a team wins the championship.

With the Pens win, Alex Goligoski will be the second SF Stampede player to have his name on the Stanley Cup.

Former SF Stampede player Justin Milo, who currently plays at the University of Vermont, was picked in a sports draft this week — by the New York Yankees.

I don’t recommend anyone watching the Stanley Cup final from the bench.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
(injured early in the second period of Game 7)

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