A blog to which I contributed this year — Notable Books — has received a nomination for Best Literary Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. In fairness, I should point out that only half the book reviews I contributed, which also appeared here, were of fiction works. I have never participated in BBAW but, as noted last month, was considering it this year.
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Must Read Award
Roger Ebert’s latest post on universal health care. It is, Ebert says, “a moral imperative. I cannot enjoy health coverage and turn to my neighbor and tell him he doesn’t deserve it.”
I was pleased to see that South Dakota didn’t get pinned in the map of book censorship, 2007-2009.
Sure, maybe the Kindle is “greener” but consider this: “What’s good for the planet may not be good for that other endangered species: the bookshop around the corner.”
Another sign of the times? Fiction about ecological catastrophe “is moving away from its roots in science fiction and is becoming part of mainstream literature.”
Margaret Atwood has launched a fairly impressive web site (and blog) in conjunction with the forthcoming release of her novel The Year of the Flood. And at least the Canadian portion of her book tour will include an hour-long performance featuring 14 hymns -– one for each chapter in the book — that Atwood wrote.
Was Bob Dylan looking for Springsteen’s old home?
I couldn’t agree more: Tweets have no value.
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.