- I got a sneak peek at the official program for the South Dakota Festival of Books. If I wasn’t excited before, I certainly am now. Make sure it is on your calendar — Sept. 24-26 here in Sioux Falls.
Blog Headline of the Week
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Novel approach: reading courses as an alternative to prison (“Instead of spending a lifetime in prison at a cost of more than $30,000 a year, Rouse’s ‘rehabilitation’ cost the taxpayer just $500.”)
- Loss of faith: government by defamation (“Obama’s election has proven that it doesn’t make any difference who wins elections: the political climate is toxic and the poison is being brewed at the grass roots.”)
- The bitter legacy of Franz Kafka.
- The fine art of recommending books.
- Ooops. The London Review of Books posted an apology on its website after it was accused of racism for a blog post comparing African migrants to baboons and black shopkeepers to rottweilers.
- The Library of America has started a blog, Reader’s Almanac. (via Jacket Copy)
- The Library of America is also planning on publishing a complete boxed setH.L. Mencken‘s Prejudices in September. The original series of essays was published in six volumes.
- Next Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Penguin Books.
- Life insurance, so to speak, for astronauts. (via Neatorama)
- The anatomy of a supergroup.
- Maybe a comic book style explanation will be easier to understand for those who think the moon landing is a hoax. (via Disinformation)
People are talkin’ about our problems
Some people talk but they don’t know
What’ll they do when there really is a problem?
Twenty years from now when the corn won’t grow
“The Corn Won’t Grow, So Rock ‘N Roll,”
Goose Creek Symphony, Welcome To Goose Creek