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Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- What you talk about when you talk about not having time to read (“I refuse to believe people don’t ‘have time to read.’ That’s crap. If you have time to watch any TV at all, you have time to read a book.”)
- The BBC News Magazine asks why To Kill a Mockingbird remains so popular 50 years after it was published. (idealawg)
- The 100 most celebrated travel books of all time (in alphabetical order). (The Millions)
- A reading list for the rich.
- Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin won the 2010 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The award goes to a novel of high literary merit written in the English language, or written in any other language and published in English translation, during the preceding year. The nominations come from libraries throughout the world. I read the book earlier this year and wrote a “microreview.”
- The award led to updating of The Millions‘ worthwhile prizewinners list, sort of a literary MVP compilation.
- There’s plenty on the interweb on the death of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago. I’ve read three of his works, including the most well known, Blindness, and picked up another on a recent trip to the used book store. My personal favorite, though, is All the Names.
- While I can’t claim to be a fan of the Cato Institute and cannot judge the methodology, I did find The Moocher Index interesting. (Popehat)
- Fringe, one of about three network television shows I DVR, gets some love from the NYT.
If you listen to a song and get an image in your head, and then you go home and watch MTV and the image they’re showing is the same as the one in your head, kill yourself.