- Proof this is the first summer we’ve been empty nesters? I hit 100 books read for the year last Saturday.
- The blog will see its eighth anniversary on Friday.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- The Black Hole of 9/11 (“9/11, for all its tragic and heroic drama, is an easy event to overestimate.”) (via)
- A Reunion with Boredom (“It brought about a sudden and unmistakable realization that we are only puppets jerked this way and that way by whatever device we think we are operating.”)
Asshat of the Week
- It’s been a long time since this award has gone out but the founder/pastor of what he calls an “I-Net Church” (in other words, it exists only in cyberspace and in his imagination) easily wins.
- Rapid City’s now-defunct Borders will become a Books-A-Million store.
- B&N, meanwhile, says it no longer expects any of its growth to come from sales of physical books.
- If you haven’t seen it, TIME announced a list the 100 best and most influential nonfiction books written in English since 1923, including a category called “Nonfiction Novels.” To save a bit of time, here is the full list. I’ve read 18 of them and have another six unread on the bookshelves or Nook.
- Is the modern novel the place to find religious belief seriously represented and seriously examined? (via)
- What killed American Lit?
- The World’s Strongest Librarian explains how he reads a book.
- How could any house go without Ragner’s Guide to Home and Recreational Use of High Explosives?
- I was unaware of Goodwin’s Law but there is undoubtedly overwhelming proof of it.
- The Price of 9/11
- Why Americans loathe Dick Cheney.
- The five deadliest states (via)
- Ten things everyone should know about time (via)
If you look outside, there’s a fucking hurricane of crazy.
Cognitive Dissonance, Episode 10