- Looks like the author of The Last Train from Hiroshima, which I reviewed last month, got scammed by a faker. The phony information wasn’t discussed in my review.
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Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Temple built 6,000 years before invention of writing suggests temple construction laid the groundwork for the development of complex societies, not vice versa. (Via.)
- Why life is like a microwave.
- If NBC Covered the Super Bowl the Way They Cover the Olympics
- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India is getting help banning a textbook that has a caricature of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette and a beer. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that, as MobyLives notes, “Christ is well-known to have preferred wine.”
- The joys of bookshop browsing. With the added benefit, at least for me, of reading the word “fossicking” for the first time.
- Fortunately, I have only a slight case of “obsessive conclusion disorder.”
- I did not do a Booking Through Thursday post this week because, quite frankly, I didn’t understand it. Thus, I found Gautami’s response excellent, surpassed only by Bluestocking’s “tart” response. Why is it I’m not surprised Bluestocking is also an attorney?
- The LA Times announces its 2009 Book Prize finalists.
- One-Minute Book Reviews has announced the shortlist for its Delete Key Awards. The
awards“literary booby prizes do not recognize the year’s ‘worst books’ but give examples of many kinds of bad writing found in books published in hardcover or paperback in 2009.”
- GOOD maps the distribution of income in America by religious belief. The highest ranked Christian delineation comes in third. I’d love to see where those who adhere to the concept of the “prosperity gospel” would rank.
- How to get a law degree for about half the cost.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt