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Weekend Edition: 9-12

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I hate losing the variety of KAUR-FM but was pleased to get a letter from Minnesota Public Radio saying that, starting Sept. 15, it will become one of MPR’s all news stations.

Blog Headlines of the Week

U.S. Congress Resumes; Let Us Pray

Did Sept. 11 Make Us Fat? How The Attacks Affected The Weight-Loss Business

Interweb Stuff I Liked This Week

Exposed: The erosion of privacy in the Internet era (Via.)

Better world: Legalise drugs

How 9/11 Should Be Remembered

Bookish Linkage

The most popular books among inmates from the library at Guantanamo Bay? The Harry Potter novels, Don Quixote and Barack Obama’s Dreams from my Father. (I can hear the Joe Wilson, Michele Bachmann, Beck, Limbaugh, et al., already on the last one.)

The Daily Beast lists the three 9/11 novels worth reading. I fully agree with Saturday (it is, after all, a Desert Island Book), was not a fan of Netherland (and personally don’t really see it as post-9/11 lit) and haven’t read the third. The article never mentions Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land, a novel I would definitely put on any such list list.

Another take: 9/11 and literary fallacy.

AbeBooks has opened a cyberspace Weird Book Room, “a celebration of everything that’s bizarre, odd and downright weird in books.” (Via.)

The shortlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize was announced Monday.

Nonbookish Linkage

No wonder Osama bin Laden hates America. It made him a Whitney Houston fan.

Improved and upgraded space pr0n.


Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.

Grace Slick, Artists for Literacy

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