- Happy, happy, joy, joy. My Frozen Four ticket arrived this week: lower level between the red line and the visitor’s blue line.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Are Americans Ready for Democracy? (“Far from thinking of the greater good of their society, most Americans embrace a tribal ethos of ‘what’s in it for me and my clan?'”) (via)
Blog Headline of the Week
- Library ebook policy leads to calls to boycott Harper Collins.
- For balance, here’s Harper Collins view.
- Harper Collins is really on a roll, bringing us this “Shoot me now” moment: Bristol Palin has landed a book deal with HarperCollins imprint William Morrow for her memoir.
- The ebook reader’s Bill of Rights. (via)
- A French court has dismissed a criminal libel suit over a book review, saying in part that invoking French criminal law was an abuse of process.
- The Texas Civil Rights project has compiled a report on and a list of books banned in the Texas prison system. Among the authors of the banned books are Jenna Bush (sexual content), Kurt Vonnegut (racial content), Jon Stewart (sexually explicit images) and George Orwell (racial content).
- An archivist has discovered “a treasure” of letters from Hans Fallada. (via)
- More book award finalists: The Believer Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Indies Choice Awards and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts.