- Siouxland Libraries will hold a book discussion at noon Thursday of this year’s One Book South Dakota selection, What Is the What by Dave Eggers. It will be held in a conference room at the main branch.
Blog Headlines of the Week
- My God, it’s Full of Books (Familiarity with Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 — as opposed to Stanley Kubrick’s — helpful.)
- The New Yorker Publishes Meaningless List Celebrating an Arbitrary Number of Writers under an Arbitrary Age
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth (“denial finds its most fertile ground in areas where the science must be taken on trust.”)
- The Death and Life of the Book Review (“The book beat has been gutted primarily by cultural forces, not economic ones, and the most implacable of those forces lies within rather than outside the newsroom.”) (MobyLives)
- The Literary Saloon‘s assessment of the foregoing, suggesting the author “to be if not clueless at least fairly oblivious” to online reviews.
- A collection of e-reader commentary from those who like to borrow, those who like to loan and others who recognize why those are significant issues.
- I fully understand a library’s interest in deterring theft — but fingerprinting children as young as 4 in order to check out a book seems a bit extreme.
- The Telegraph looks at the Pope’s private library.
- If you’re looking for summer reading ideas, Rebecca Blood is compiling a list of summer reading lists.
- If you haven’t seen it yet, ifitwasmyhome.com allows you to superimpose the area affected by the BP oil disaster in your own neck of the woods. (Strange Maps)
- Scott H. considers weather practitioner malpractice.
- While I have quite mixed emotions about a hockey fight camp for kids, there’s much truth in the author’s statement that it teaches kids “to cope with hockey as it is, not as we might wish it to be.” (The Morning News)
- I was going to take the procrastination test. Maybe tomorrow. (Lifehacker)
I made some studies, and reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.