Blog Headline of the Week
Blog Lines of the Week
- “Heidegger is undoubtedly a genius. You can tell he’s a genius because his philosophy is so hard to understand.” (Via.)
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, winner of the Booker Prize, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Other winners included The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, nonfiction; Cheever: A Life, biography; and, Diana Athill’s Somewhere Towards the End. autobiography. As I noted previously, not only had I not read any of the finalists, none of the books I voted for made the shortlist.
- The Confessions of Noa Weber by Gail Hareven and translated from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu won the 2010 Best Translated Book Award.
- Amazon’s blog interviews M.A. Orthofer of “the truly omnivorous and wonderful book review website The Complete Review” (a description I wholly endorse) about translated fiction and judging the Best Translated Book Award.
- A 15-book longlist has been announced for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, given to fiction works by a living author which has been translated into English and published in the UK in the last year. I’ve actually read and reviewed three of them: Brodeck, The Kindly Ones and Yalo. (Via.)
- The American Book Review (with which I am unfamiliar) comes up with a list of the top 40 bad books.
- NPR asks about the monetary value of an ebook.
- Orwell shows up at church.
- Calling this chart the end of newspapers seems appropriate given its content.
- CIA put LSD in the bread of a French village. (Via.)
- Check out the finalists for the 2010 National Magazine Awards.
Drizzle isn’t much more than mist with delusions of grandeur[.]
Gerbrand Bakker, The Twin