Friday Follies 3.11

What???? People get upset if you come up with a list of The 10 Hottest Women on the Texas Sex Offenders List??? I can’t imagine anyone would think a list of “attractive” child rapists might rile up a few people.

Ummm, is this proper excoriation? Judge tells calls man convicted of sexually assaulting boys, “I […]

Explaining why I’m an illiterati

In 2009, David L. Ulin, then book editor of the LA Times, wrote a column called “The Lost Art of Reading,” a piece I noted at the time. Ulin, still a book critic with the paper, was encouraged to expand the column into a longer essay, which was published late last year as The Lost […]

Book Review: Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi

First-rate literature needs to succeed on more than one level. Regardless of the issues or themes a book may explore, they are irrelevant if the author doesn’t draw in and keep the reader with the story, characters or writing. Italian author Antonia Tabucchi’s Pereira Maintains, set in Portugal in the summer of 1938, succeeds on […]

Weekend Edition: 5-7

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

The Urgent Matter of Books (“You must stop listening to the contemporary double-speak discourse and the dominant modes of entertainment production. You must silence the clicker, take a facehooker break, and put down that latte.”) (via)

The Last Two Veterans of WWI (“What are you supposed to do […]

Library board is opportunity to give back

Most of the public attention surrounding last night’s City Council meeting was on the ongoing and longstanding debate over an events center. Yet item 29 of 31 on the agenda, a relatively innocuous item, was of more personal interest.

Just more than two hours into the meeting, the Council unanimously approved a resolution “advising and […]

May Bibliolust

But for book awards this month, I would actually have no books on hold at the local library. At the end of April, though, I added one so my streak continues. None of the other books making this month’s list are currently available so it means actually shelling out cash for a book or two […]